Storm that killed 2 in Texas continues north

Last Updated: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 21:57

Oklahoma City: The remnants of Tropical
Storm Hermine trekked northward after forcing more than 100
high-water rescues in Texas, swamping streets, producing
several tornadoes and killing at least two people.

As the front edge of the storm moved into Oklahoma
yesterday, a tornado toppled power lines, damaged a couple of
homes and blew over a tractor-trailer rig on US 69 near
Colbert, sending the driver to the hospital, Durant police
said. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed the highway so crews
could clear downed electrical lines.

The National Weather Services said two other tornadoes
were reported in the area.

Flash flood warnings remained in effect until 9:30 am
today in northwestern Arkansas and flood-weary Oklahoma, where
three children were killed in high waters in one week in July
and dozens of people had to be rescued after a June 14 deluge
in Oklahoma City.

The storm also had started moving into Arkansas,
Missouri and Kansas last night, and flood watches were in
effect for parts of those states until tonight.

Meteorologist Karen Hatfield with the National Weather
Service in Tulsa said there was widespread flooding in eastern
Oklahoma, where some areas experienced more than 10 inches (25
centimetres) of rain.

She said no injuries have been reported and that she
expected Hermine to move out of the state by late morning.
Hermine packed a relatively light punch when it made
landfall Monday night, and many Texas residents said they felt
unprepared for yesterday`s sudden flooding.

Later in the day, a series of tornadoes touched down
outside of downtown Dallas, damaging warehouses in an area
near Dallas Love Field. One twister slammed a tractor-trailer
rig into a brick paint warehouse, causing the building to
topple onto the cab and leaving the driver with minor
injuries.

Flash flooding further south killed at least two
motorists.

Although many residents were surprised by yesterday`s
flooding, it`s not unusual for a tropical storm to dump a lot
of moisture even days after making landfall, said Jesse Moore,
a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort
Worth.

Hermine was the third tropical system this year to hit
the Rio Grande Valley, which encompasses northeastern Mexico
and southeastern Texas. The storm struck the flood-prone area
just after the cleanup finished from Hurricane Alex at the
start of the summer and an unnamed tropical depression in
July.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 21:57

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