Texas Governor Declares Three Counties As Disaster Areas
Houston, TX (AHN) - The sound of generators hummed in portions of Texas and Louisiana through the night as the region picked up the pieces from Hurricane Humberto. The storm which sneaked up on forecasters marked the first hurricane to hit the United States in two years.
Following the category one storm and then eventual downgraded tropical storm power was knocked out to thousands and flooding occurred in areas already saturated with water from previous rains and flooding.
Humberto eventually fizzled into a tropical depression however in its aftermath huge swaths of the region were deluged and left in the dark. One death is being blamed on the storm.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared three southeastern counties disaster areas. "We're pushing in generators, water and ice to affected areas, particularly those who have lost power," said Robert Black, Perry's spokesman. "We're working with the private sector to get power restored as quickly as possible."
The National Hurricane Center says rainfall from Humberto ranged from over 14 inches in Texas' East Bayou, to over 5 inches in Lake Arthur, Louisiana, and nearly 3 inches so far in Collinsville, Mississippi.
Humberto is now located about 10 miles northwest of Vicksburg, Miss., moving northeast at about 12 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of about 20 miles per hour.