Tropical storm hits Mexico

Tropical Storm Erika struck northern Mexico Saturday before reaching hurricane strength as forecasters feared.

BY DISASTER NEWS NETWORK | BROWNSVILLE, Texas | August 16, 2003


Tropical Storm Erika struck northern Mexico Saturday before reaching hurricane strength as forecasters feared.

The storm made landfall near the mouth of the Rio Grande, brushing past Brownsville, Texas, with 70-mph winds. The storm would have had to have winds of 74 mph to be classified as a hurricane. Tides were only about two feet above normal in Port Isabel, Texas.

Some storm shelters were open in Brownsville with few people staying in them.

Emergency management officials in Texas reported a minimum of damage, though Erika dropped up to six inches of rain.

By Saturday afternoon, hurricane warnings had been removed from Texas.


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