Storm that killed 2 in Texas continues north
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 09, 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 09, 2010, 21:57


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