Tropical Storm Hermine Downgraded But Leaves Flooding Behind
Tropical Storm Hermine Caused Substantial Flooding Across Texas on Tuesday and Could Reach Oklahoma and Kansas In a Few Days
Tropical Storm Hermine is now a Tropical Depression, but as it passed over Texas it brought 70mph winds and caused severe flooding.
The Rio Grande Valley was one of the areas hit according to NPR:
The storm struck the flood-prone valley just after the cleanup finished from Hurricane Alex at the start of the summer and an unnamed tropical depression in July. Only last week had Hidalgo County on the U.S.-Mexico border stowed its last water pump.
Two mobile homes and a house along the San Gabriel River were swept away and a number of people were missing, with one person being reported to have been killed.
The Tropical Depression is now moving north, but is expected to bring more rain to areas in central and north Texas.
Dallasnews.com reports that Interstate 35E has been closed in both directions at Garden Ride Boulevard and some homes from the Oak Tree mobile home park have been evacuated as the water level continues to climb.
Trinty River has burst its banks and some 'high water rescues' had to be made.
High water closed streets in low-lying areas of Dallas, including Sargent Road in South Dallas, Merriman Parkway in northeast Dallas and Goodnight Lane in northwest Dallas.
The storm has cut power to some areas with over 19,000 outages reported on Wednesday morning. Some flights in and out of Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport and Love Field so it is advisable to check your flight before heading to the airport if you can.
DART trains are running mostly as normal.
Bloomberg reports that in Waco, about 9.1 centimeters of rain had fallen by 8:30am local time on Wednesday.
Flash flood warnings have been issued for Oklahoma to the southern Texas coast on the Gulf of Mexico.
Tropical Storm Igor is on the heels of Tropical Depression Hermine and an advisory has been issued by the National Hurricane Center. The Southern Cape Verde Islands are under Tropical Storm Watch at this time.