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Hermine's remnants heading north

Tropical Storm Hermine has been making its way north after drenching parts of north-eastern Mexico and south Texas.

The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression on Tuesday night and remnants could spread as far north as Oklahoma and Kansas in the coming days.

The storm brought winds gusting to about 70mph and downpours to Texas but left only minor scrapes in the storm-weary Rio Grande Valley, which is proving resilient this hurricane season after experiencing a third tropical system.

The storm struck the flood-prone valley just after the clean-up finished from Hurricane Alex at the start of the summer and an unnamed tropical depression in July.

But Hermine's remnants are expected to cover more of the US than Alex, which swiped Texas in June as a Category 1 storm before plunging south west and breaking up over Mexico.

"This is going to be much more of a memorable storm than Alex," National Weather Service meteorologist Joseph Tomaselli said.

Much of the 5-12in of rain from Hermine fell harmlessly in the Gulf, and flooding was limited to only minor nuisances. Up to 4in of rain was reported in south Texas, with more rain expected in central and north Texas as the storm's core continued to move north, according to the National Weather Service.

Hermine made landfall early on Tuesday in north-eastern Mexico with winds of up to 65mph, arriving near the same spot as Alex. By Tuesday night, maximum wind speeds had decreased to about 35mph.

A peeled-back motel roof in the coastal farming town of Raymondville and scattered power outages were about the worst leftover from the gusty, drenching storm that came and went quickly after creeping up on Texas and Mexico in the warm Gulf waters over the long holiday weekend.

Mexico felt the storm effects much more acutely than Texas as Hermine knocked out power for several hours in the border city of Matamoros and damaged about 20 homes, whose inhabitants were among 3,500 people who evacuated to shelters.


From Belfast Telegraph