Tropical Storm Igor

September 8, 2010 by USA Post 

Tropical Storm Igor, San Antonio on Wednesday saw record rain and the closure of 35 roads. The city on Tuesday saw power outages to 230,000 customers.

In nearby New Braunfels, residents of 1,000 homes along the Guadalupe and Comal rivers were urged to evacuate Hermine overnight after torrential rain across the region. In the morning, most evacuation orders were lifted.

Much of Arlington was under water, with firefighters using ladders to reach residents trapped on the upper floors of their homes in a subdivision.

Brown water rushed past rollercoaster tracks in an amusement park Six Flags.

Bewildered residents surprised by the extent of the flooding came into the waist-deep water in the streets.

Two mobile homes were washed away and a house north of Austin, and dozens of people sought emergency shelter after state and local authorities conducted numerous high-water rescues from Austin to Dallas.

The remains of the storm, downgraded to a tropical depression Tuesday night, seems to be moving into southern Oklahoma on satellite images and forecast to move north to Kansas in the coming days.

The slow-moving remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine caused water rescues, evacuations, at least one death, and commuting headaches in central and northern Texas on Wednesday as a new tropical storm formed in the depths of the Atlantic.

At the heart of Texas, some areas have seen 15 inches of rain over two days.

The water authorities had released some prisoners in Mexico to make room for expected runoff. That adds more anxiety in the northeastern region of livestock, where residents already living in fear of a bloody war between drug cartels. Hermine occurred around the same area where 72 immigrants died two weeks ago in what is believed to be the country’s worst slaughter of drug gangs so far.

Far out in the Atlantic, tropical storm formed Wednesday Igor, with winds of 40 mph and was expected to strengthen, the National Hurricane Center.

At 2 pm ET, Igor was 80 miles south of the Cape Verde islands off the coast of Africa.

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