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Hermine's remnants sting Texas, Oklahoma

The recent pattern of weather disasters spread Wednesday across a stretch of the American Southwest and down to Central America as a new storm strengthened in the eastern Atlantic.

In the Southwest, remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine swept northward through Texas and into Oklahoma, forcing more than 100 high-water rescues, swamping city neighborhoods, spawning tornadoes and killing at least two people.

Hermine packed a relatively light punch when it made landfall Monday, and many residents said they felt unprepared for Wednesday's flooding, which shocked residents with its swiftness.

Late Wednesday, a series of tornadoes touched down outside of downtown Dallas, damaging warehouses in an area near Dallas Love Field and causing one minor injury to a truck driver.

Flash flooding farther south endangered motorists.

In Alvarado, 20 miles south of Arlington, fifteen rescuers tried in vain to save a 49-year-old man who drove his pickup into a low-water crossing. The man's body was found hours later after the waters receded, authorities said.

Another person in Texas died in a vehicle submerged by water from a swollen creek in Killeen, north of Austin, the National Weather Service said.

Williamson County sheriff's Sgt. John Foster said that at one point there were five helicopters pulling people from the floodwaters. He said he lost count at 40 rescues.

In southern Oklahoma, strong winds toppled several outbuildings and forced the closure of a highway.

The National Weather Service issued flash-flood warnings for many parts of Oklahoma, and the state was under a flash-flood watch.

In Mexico, heavy seasonal rainfall has sparked deadly mudslides and widespread flooding across Central America and Mexico's southeast, killing at least 50 people and displacing more than half a million.

In Guatemala, rescuers citing the possibility of new mudslides called off the search for 15 people who remained missing after a highway mudslide that killed 45 others Sunday.

Meanwhile, far out in the eastern Atlantic, Tropical Storm Igor was growing stronger.

Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center say winds for the ninth named storm of the season were at about 45 mph Wednesday afternoon. Slow strengthening is expected.

Forecasters said it was too early to reliably predict the storm's eventual path.

Hermine's remnants sting Texas, Oklahoma 09/08/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 11:10pm]
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