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Saturday
May252013

Heavy Rainfall Causes Severe Flooding in San Antonio, Texas

iStockphoto/ThinkStock(SAN ANTONIO, Tex.) -- Record rainfall hitting the city of San Antonio, Texas, in the past 24 hours is causing widespread flooding, with at least one confirmed death.

The National Weather Service says the city airport recorded about 10 inches of rain in 12 hours, breaking several records.

“It set a new daily record, not only a daily record, monthly record but it's the second all time record for the city of San Antonio for rainfall in a 24 hour period of time,”  Pat McDonald of the National Weather Service.

The rain has caused significant flooding in some areas, closing roadways and stranding motorists, and leaving thousands of homes without power. Five rivers are overflowing their banks as well.

ABC's Matt Rivers, reporting from San Antonio, says at least 40 homes have had to be evacuated.  “It's just like the scenes you see during hurricanes with people being taken out of their homes on rafts with first responders guiding them to safety,” Rivers said.

Larry Trevino, the emergency manager for San Antonio, says there have been a significant number of high water rescues.

“We've performed probably 20 to 25 actual rescues out in high water intersections so we are urging people to please do not leave their homes,” Trevino said. “There's about 160 calls right now for high water related or water related rescues and incidents.”

One woman is confirmed to have died during the flooding. Few details have been revealed, but authorities believe her car became stuck, and the woman was swept away when she got out of her car.

Despite the tragedy, some are hoping that a little good can be salvaged from the flood. The heavy rain comes on the heels of a multi-year drought in the area.

“This will definitely help,” McDonald said. “Will it break the drought? No one can tell right now because the rain came in at a very fast rate.”

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Tuesday
Jun262012

Tropical Storm Debby: Florida Braces for More Rain

NASA/NOAA GOES Project(MIAMI) -- Florida is in store for more rain this week as Tropical Storm Debby continues to hover near the panhandle.

Already, some parts of the state have seen more than 20 inches of rain as the storm inches its way through the Gulf of Mexico.  Ten to 20 more inches of rain is forecast from Tallahassee to Gainesville and Jacksonville in the next few days as Debby moves eastward through Florida.

The flood threat prompted Florida Gov. Rick Scott to declare a statewide emergency on Monday.

“We declared a state of emergency so we can coordinate the use of all state resources to make sure that we can respond promptly if anything happens,” Scott said Monday.  “Like always, everybody should have food and water on hand, but just be prepared and use common sense and be careful."

As of Tuesday morning, Debby was moving eastward at three miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.  Models show the tropical storm moving through northern Florida into Thursday, before reaching the Atlantic Ocean Friday morning.

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Sunday
Sep042011

Tropical Storm Lee Bears Down on Gulf Coast

Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Tropical Storm Lee beared down on the Gulf Coast Sunday morning with wave after wave of hard rain.

Thousands of customers lost power in Louisiana and Mississippi. The storm has also generated mandated evacuations in Louisiana bayou towns.

The center of Tropical Storm Lee was on the coast of southern Louisiana with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour Sunday morning.

However, conditions won’t change much just because the center is on the coast, since the center isn't where the strongest winds are located.

"In this case it's not so important to focus on the center. The center is on the coast and it's going to be moving inland in the next several hours," said Todd Kimberlin with the National Hurricane Center. "In this case all the front winds are well removed from the center."

Low lying coastal areas were flooded, making some roads impassable by vehicle, and only navigable by paddle.

Jean Lafitte, La. resident Mike Lavelle's home has been turned into an island, surrounded by water.

"I knew this was going to happen sooner or later. I was hoping it didn't happen but it has happened," Lavelle said.

For Lavelle and so many who weathered Hurricane Katrina just six years ago, all of this, is all too familiar.

Jean Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner is hoping sandbag barriers will save his small town in southeast Louisiana.

Tropical Storm Lee may come and go, but Kerner's not going anywhere.

"If they made everybody leave, I'd buy a house boat and stay here," Kerner said. "I mean I love this area and it's worth fighting for. We're down right now, but this community's not giving up."

Down the street, Jean Lafitte resident Laura Melancon is paddling her way home.

"We're like stuck with our cars and we can't really move around a lot," Melancon said.

With the center now on shore, West End resident Phillip Boudreaux said he isn't optimistic that the bad weather will stop anytime soon.

"I don't think it's over yet. I think it's going to get worse before it gets better," Boudreaux said.

Throughout the region, people spent the holiday weekend working overtime to protect their homes.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu told residents to remain vigilant.

Tropical Storm Lee's heavy rains still pose the threat of more extensive flooding or flash flooding to the Gulf Coast.

"Some chance that the rain will persist today and tomorrow and add to the totals which have already fallen and then the storm is expected to lose tropical characteristics and become post tropical," said Kimberlin.

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