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Storm spawns floods, tornadoes in Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (CNN) -- The remains of Tropical Storm Erin, downgraded to a tropical depression, crawled deep in the heart of Texas Thursday, bringing localized heavy rain and 35-mph wind.
Erin hit the coast at 7 a.m. (8 a.m. ET) near Lamar, Texas, about 25 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, the National Hurricane Center said. Tropical storm warnings for Texas and Mexico were dropped.
In the previous 12 hours, while it was still a tropical storm, Erin dumped as much as 4 inches of rain in parts of the state. The system also sparked tornado warnings farther inland from the middle Texas coast.
Erin's biggest threat continues to be inland flooding -- especially south of Houston -- where heavy rain and flooding have been common occurrences since March.
At 10 a.m. CT (11 a.m. ET), the center of Erin was 55 miles north-northwest of Corpus Christi, the NHC said, and it still had winds of 35 mph with higher gusts.
Erin was moving to the northwest at 15 mph, the NHC said, and that movement inland was expected to continue throughout the day Thursday.
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