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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Tropical Storm hermine makes Landfall

Tropical Storm Hermine came ashore in northern Mexico late Monday night, quicjkly crossing the border into Texas. As the radar shows, this storm is pumping massive amounts of heavy rain into central and northern Texas from the Gulf.

Hermine struck land with 65 MPH sustained winds. The stoprms windspeed will slowly decrease as the day progresses and the storm will become a tropical depression

Tropical Storm Hermine Crosses Into Texas(Fox News)
Hermine made landfall in northeastern Mexico late Monday and crossed into Texas within hours, bringing with it winds of up to 65 mph (100 kph). It moved on a path similar to the one Hurricane Alex took in late June, and like that Category 1 storm, threatened to dump up to a foot of rain in some areas and cause flash flooding.

Hermine was no Alex in terms of strength. But Hermine wasn't taken lightly: Mexican emergency officials in Tamaulipas worked to evacuate 3,500 people around Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, and schools on both sides of the border canceled classes Tuesday.

By early Tuesday, the center of the storm had crossed the Rio Grande River. The National Hurricane Center said the storm was about 10 miles (15 km) south-southwest of Harlingen, Texas, and 20 miles (30 km) northwest of Brownsville. It was moving north-northwest at 14 mph (22 kph).

A tropical storm warning was in effect from Rio San Fernando, Mexico, north to Port O'Connor, Texas.
Video: Tropical Storm hermine soaks South Texas (Associated Press)


Hermine will soak most of Texas all the way up through Dallas with potentially as much as a foot of rain. The stronger, wet side of this storm is acting as a pump bringing moisture up from the Gulf in heavy sheets of rain and thunderstorms. Flash flood watches and warnings are in effect. People need to take shelter from the flooding which has the potential to be quite severe.

Rain from Tropical Storm Hermine to give Dallas days-long soaking(Dallas Morning News)
Mexico may be bearing the brunt of Tropical Storm Hermine today, but she’s making her presence felt in North Texas, too.

"We are going to be on the wet side of Hermine," said Nick Hampshire, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth

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Hermine made landfall in Mexico early this morning and quickly made its way into Texas with harsh winds and rainfall.

A flash flood watch is in effect through Thursday morning for the Dallas area, which is expected to experience rain through Wednesday night.

"There may be a few brief periods were the rain will stop," Hampshire said, "but we will mostly see light to moderate rain with a few embedded heavier showers."

Hermine's wet wrath should end by Wednesday evening as the storm tapers off, but rain remains in the forecast through Thursday.

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