Rain Continues and Much of Texas Floods
It just keeps coming.
Yesterday in East Texas, we set rainfall records with upwards of four inches of rain falling in the Tyler-Longview area. And there's no sign of it slowing down anytime soon. Despite a brief respite this morning, another round of storms should be hitting the area by this afternoon and continuing well into the work week.
The storm system currently drenching our area will additionally be compounded by the remnants of Tropical Storm Patricia which, as a hurricane, slammed into the Pacific Coast of Mexico Friday evening. We should start feeling the effects of that next week.
Flash Flood Watches are in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday for Camp, Cass, Franklin, Morris, Smith, Titus, Upshur and Wood Counties. Watches for Hunt, Delta, Hopkins, Kaufman, Van Zandt, Rains, Henderson, and Anderson Counties will remain in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday.
Elsewhere in the state, torrential rain has raised water levels to dangerously high totals. In Corsicana they saw 16 and a half inches of rain yesterday. And it still hasn't stopped. The National Weather Service says they can anticipate the storms to continue throughout Saturday night.
Early this morning, swift water rescue teams were working to save two Union Pacific employees who were stranded on a partially submerged train, according to the Navarro County Emergency Management Office.
Interstate 45 from Dallas to Houston is, at least, partially flooded in some areas. Throughout Friday night and into the overnight hours this morning, authorities closed 30 mile stretches of the road for hours at a time. Some stranded motorists spent the night sleeping in their cars while they waited for the water to subside.
Houston, one city in Texas that has already endured much tragedy thanks to rain and flooding this year, is set to be hit again on Saturday. Beginning Saturday afternoon and continuing through Monday, Houston should see between 8 to 12 inches of rainfall.
"If this occurs, flash flooding would be likely," the NWS says. "(There is an) isolated tornado threat, depending upon the ... track."
Stay tuned and we'll keep you updated and entertained as the rain continues here in East Texas.