Texas hit with heavy rains as remnants of record setting hurricane Patricia

Texas hit with heavy rains as remnants of record setting hurricane Patricia

Oct 25, 2015

Up to a foot-and-a-half of rain pounded Texas on Saturday, raising fears of widespread flooding in the rain-soaked state even as the remnants of record-setting Hurricane Patricia bore down from Mexico.

The Houston area saw heavy rain for much of the afternoon Saturday and early Sunday morning, causing various high-water locations and impassable roads all over the greater Houston area. Bayous started to crest around 3 a.m. on Sunday.

Brian Kyle, lead meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Houston, told the Associated Press that most of the heavy rainfall would occur overnight to noon on Sunday, with amounts ranging from a couple of inches to up to 1 foot offshore.

Rains that have hammered north and central Texas wreaked havoc Friday and Saturday. A homeless man was reported swept into a drainage ditch by flood waters in San Antonio sometime early Saturday morning while trying to rescue a dog, according to KENS-TV.

Elsewhere, a Union Pacific freight train was partially submerged north of Corsicana on Saturday morning after apparently being swept off the rails by floodwaters, WFAA-TV reported. The incident happened on a trestle near Interstate 45 and Highway 287, about 60 miles south of Dallas. Two crew members aboard the train were brought to safety by a Navarro County swift water rescue team.

More than 18 inches of rain closed Interstate 45 near Corsicana, leaving a 12-mile traffic jam. Officials had been urging residents to simply pull off the highway, find a parking lot and spend the night in their vehicles.

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Accuweather senior meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said an area of low pressure developing over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico from the remnants of Patricia would produce heavy rains along a line from College Station south to Houston and Galveston overnight Saturday night that might result in flooding before moving east into Louisiana on Sunday.

 

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/

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