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Hurricane Humberto Crashes Ashore, Raising Fears Of Flooding

HOUSTON (AP) - Hurricane Humberto has crashed ashore in southeastern Texas and is dumping heavy rain as it works its way toward Louisiana.

The Category One storm made landfall near High Island northeast
of Galveston. Forecasters look for the storm to weaken as it
continues inland. Maximum sustained winds were near 80
miles-an-hour when it moved ashore early today, making it a minimal
hurricane.

But it's producing a lot of rain and flash flood warnings have
been posted. The area expected to be hit the hardest is in the far
southeast corner of Texas from Galveston Island eastward into
Louisiana. It includes the Beaumont and Port Arthur areas. Some
areas could get more than a foot of rain.

Texas has had one of the wettest summers on record, with Houston
soaked under the most rain it's had in 50 years. With the ground
already saturated, flooding is likely.

Governor Rick Perry has activated 50 military vehicles with 200
soldiers, plus a-half dozen helicopters and two swift-water rescue
teams. Other crews from the U.S. Coast Guard are on standby.

In Louisiana, Governor Kathleen Blanco has declared a state of
emergency.


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