HOUSTON (AP) — The tropical weather season revved up Thursday as the Atlantic’s first hurricane formed and quickly strengthened, and as Tropical Storm Erin’s remnants soaked rain-weary
Even as they fetched dozens of stranded drivers, authorities in
The thunderstorms from Erin brought 7 inches of rain to parts of
The flooding “has been a good training session, if you will,” as officials track Dean’s progress, said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, the top elected official in the county that surrounds
More rain was moving in Thursday from the Gulf — 3 to 6 inches was forecast for Thursday night — which authorities found particularly worrisome because the ground was saturated.
“It’s like a wet sponge,” Emmett said.
Summer storms have poured record rainfall across
The dangers of a slow-moving storm system are well known in
Still, state and local officials said
“It was a good dry run. I hope it stays dry,” Corpus Christi Mayor Henry Garrett said after Erin had moved ashore as a tropical depression and largely spared the
“It’s so far out, but it’s not too early to start preparing,” said Katherine Cesinger, a spokeswoman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry. “We have more notice than with
Houston-based Transocean Inc., which operates the largest deepwater drilling rig fleet in
Shell Oil Co. evacuated 188 people this week from offshore facilities in
The Caribbean islands of
Tropical storm warnings were issued for Anguilla, Antigua; Barbados; Barbuda; Grenada and its dependencies; Monserrat; Nevis; Saba; St. Eustatius; St. Kitts; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and St. Maarten. A tropical storm watch was issued for part of the southern coast of the
Hurricane specialists expect this year’s Atlantic hurricane season — June 1 to Nov. 30 — to be busier than average, with as many as 16 tropical storms, nine of them strengthening into hurricanes. Ten tropical storms developed in the Atlantic last year, but only two made landfall in the