Remnants of Hurricane Patricia Head East After Soaking Texas

25 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

South-east Texas avoids extensive flood damage after hurricane Patricia fears.

South-east Texas escaped widespread flood damage as storms including the remnants of hurricane Patricia moved eastward on Sunday towards Louisiana and the other Gulf Coast states. Though isolated flooding prompted road closures and some cars were stranded and several bayous overflowed their banks on Saturday night, there were no reports of deaths or serious injuries by mid-morning on Sunday. At one point the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the western hemisphere, Patricia weakened when it made landfall on Friday on Mexico’s Pacific coast and caused less damage than feared. She added that residents of the city should be “prepared to be patient.” The potential for a repeat of flooding and devastating property damage in Texas loomed five months after torrential spring storms caused more than 30 deaths and left large swaths of the state underwater.

Some of the worst downpours hit Corsicana, 50 miles south of Dallas, where more than 20in of rain fell from Thursday, forcing the closure of Interstate 45, the main artery between Houston and Dallas. There was one positive outcome from the soaking: officials in Bastrop County, near Austin, said that it helped firefighters fully contain a wildfire that started nearly two weeks ago and has burned more than 4,500 acres and destroyed 64 homes. “Rainfall rates could reach two to three inches at times, which will quickly cause flash flooding along streams and in poor drainage areas,” meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski told AccuWeather.com.

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