Texas spared destruction from Hurricane Patricia’s remnants

25 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Flooding fears ease as Texas storm moves on.

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.HOUSTON – Forecasters said Sunday that relentless storms that dumped more than a foot of rain in some parts of Texas were moving on and that dangerous flood warnings were coming to an end. 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.

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry issued a voluntary evacuation Saturday for Bolivar Peninsula, just northeast of Galveston Island, after forecasters predicted the area would get 8 to 12 inches of rain and tides 4 to 5 feet high. 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. Bryan Brawner, who owns a charter company on the peninsula that takes people fishing in the Galveston Bay, said: “Most people are just going to have their groceries and watch TV and watch it rain.” “I feel comfortable. 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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