Former Champion Hurricane Patricia Now Just A Depression, But Watch Out Texas!

  • by: Alan Duke

Patricia boasted 200 mph winds Friday, making it the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the western hemisphere, but a collision with Mexico's mountains left the former champion hurricane only a tropical depression by Saturday.

Still, Patricia is a nasty rainmaker even if its not a blowhard. Texas, already drenched with too much rain in recent days, is bracing for much more.

"The heavy rain threat ahead of Patricia or its remnants will increase Saturday across northeast Mexico into coastal sections of Texas," the National Hurricane Center said in its 10aCT advisory Saturday. "This heavy rain threat will continue across the western Gulf Coast through this weekend and spread into the central Gulf Coast by early next week.
These rains are likely to produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides."

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for southeast Texas Saturday. "Widespread heavy rainfall is expected to develop and spread across the region through Sunday morning," the advisory said. "Rainfall amounts of 4 to 6 inches are possible north of a line from Columbus to Cleveland Line with rainfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches possible across the remainder of southeast Texas by Monday morning."

Flash flooding has forced the closing of several major highways between Dallas and Houston.

A Union Pacific freight train loaded with concrete shipments was swept off the tracks in Corsicana, Texas, although the train crew swam to safety.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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