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Tropical Storm Humberto Eyeing Texas & Louisiana

HOUSTON — Tropical Storm Humberto formed off the Texas coast Wednesday and forecasters warned residents along a 270-mile stretch of the coastline extending into southwestern Louisiana to brace for heavy rains and possible flooding.

Tropical storm warnings were posted from Port O'Connor to Intracoastal City, La., with the center of Humberto predicted to slosh ashore overnight Wednesday, probably in the Freeport or Galveston areas, south of Houston. The storm was expected to track south and east of Houston, then veer to the northeast into Lousiana through Thursday. Heaviest rain was expected along and to the east of the storm track.

By late afternoon Wednesday, Humberto was packing nearly 50 mph winds about 50 miles south-southwest of Galveston, moving to the north at 7 mph.

Forecasters were anticipating 5 to 10 inches of rain with some spots possibly getting as much as 15 inches.
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