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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Hermine continues to pound North Texas

Heavy rain continues to fall across Central and North Texas driving total rainfall amounts to very high levels. Flooding in many areas has resulted in several high water rescues and road closures.

Excessive rain from "Hermine" floods roads in Metroplex; Rain totals UPDATED(Examiner)
Rainfall totals have been rapidly moving upwards thanks to heavy bands of rain associated with the circulation of Tropical Depression Hermine.

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There were also some stronger storms which formed in a spiral band associated with Hermine. A 65mph wind gust was reported in Seagoville around lunch time.

This rainfall will continue on and off overnight with a sharp drop in precipitation coverage and intensity by tomorrow.
Several severe storms have been spawned in some of the rainbands left over from Hermine. Wind gusts as high as 65 MPH were observed in one town and 4 tornadoes were seen within the Dallas Metroplex.

Tornadoes touch down in Dallas (CNN)
Dallas, Texas (CNN) -- At least four tornadoes spawned by Tropical Depression Hermine touched down in and around Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday evening, sending up debris and swirling around buildings.

Sirens went off in downtown Dallas as one funnel cloud was spotted in Cockrell Hill southwest of downtown, according to CNN affiliate WFAA.

One tornado was reported in Ellis County and three in Dallas County, according to CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.

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Forecasters had said most parts of central and eastern Texas and Oklahoma could receive 4 to 6 inches of rain, but the numbers for some parts of Texas were staggering.

Before the bulk of the storm moved out of Texas, Georgetown had received 13.2 inches of rain Wednesday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hydrometeorological Center. Cedar Park had received 12.9 inches; Anderson Mill, 12.7 inches; Killeen, 11.6 inches; and Austin, 11.4 inches. Fort Worth had recorded 6.8 inches of rain, San Antonio, 6.7 inches and Houston, 4.4 inches.

Aerial images showed scores of flooded streets and some rescues in Dallas.

Portions of Austin had endured 15 inches of rain, and a middle-age motorist was missing after her car was washed away, Emergency Management spokeswoman Reyne Telles said. The car was found.

Thirty-two roads were closed, and an engineer from the watershed department said this could be a 250-year event, Telles told CNN.
The remains of Hermine are spread across four states with the heaviest storms in North Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas and is spreading north into southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas.

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