A roaring wildfire raced through rain-starved farm and ranchland in Central Texas on Monday destroying nearly 500 homes.
Tropical Storm Lee weakened to a tropical depression as it neared Mississippi on Sunday, and New Orleans` flood defenses held up under one of their biggest tests since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005.
Lee`s tidal surge could spur coastal flooding in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama before drenching a large swath of the southeast and Appalachian regions next week.
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