Hermine's Rains Cause Mess In Texas, At Least 2 Deaths

The slow-moving remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine caused water rescues, evacuations, at least two deaths and commuting headaches in central and north Texas on Wednesday, just as a new tropical storm formed in the deep Atlantic. In central Texas, some areas have seen 15 inches of rain over two days. San Antonio on Wednesday saw record rain and the closure of 35 roadways. The city on Tuesday saw power outages to 230,000 customers. In nearby New Braunfels, residents of up to 1,000 homes along the Guadalupe and Comal rivers were urged to evacuate overnight after Hermine dumped torrential rain across the region. By late morning, most of the evacuation orders were lifted. Much of Arlington was under water, with firefighters using ladders to reach residents stranded in the upper floors of their homes in one subdivision. Coffee-colored floodwaters rushed past roller coaster tracks at a Six Flags amusement park. Bewildered residents surprised by the extent of the flooding waded through waist-deep water in the streets. Two mobile homes and a house were swept away north of Austin, and dozens of people sought emergency shelter after state and local authorities performed numerous high-water rescues from Austin to Dallas. Remnants of the storm, downgraded to a tropical depression Tuesday night, appeared to be moving into southern Oklahoma in satellite images and were forecast to move as far north as Kansas in the coming days.