Ivan flooding worries TX

Now a tropical depression, Ivan is producing heavy rain in Texas.

BY DISASTER NEWS NETWORK STAFF | BALTIMORE | September 24, 2004


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Tropical Storm Ivan marched across the western Louisiana coast Thursday night near Cameron bringing heavy rains and gusty winds. It was the second time in a week that Ivan had brought misery to the Gulf Coast.

By Friday morning, downgraded by the National Hurricane Center to a tropical depression, Ivan was slowly passing over Port Arthur, TX, and had become largely a major rain event.

Just a week after plowing through the Florida Panhandle, spawning tornadoes from Florida to Pennsylvania and flooding as far north as upper New York State, Ivan's remnants returned to the Gulf of Mexico and organized into a tropical storm.

In an unusual twist of this active hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday evening, Ivan was expected to largely disappear this weekend. However, one model suggested the remmants could end up in the Gulf of Mexico once again, but were not expected to reform a third time.

In 2001, Tropical Storm Allison stalled after crossing the Texas coast near Houston and rainful totalled as much as 3-feet. The area's worst natural disaster in history, flooding from Allison left 22 people dead, destroyed 3,600 homes and damaged another 48,000.

"I think anyone who went through Allison would be concerned about this," said Jean Peercy, construction coordinator for Lutheran Disaster Response in Palacios, TX. "Although, most people don't realize it, a tropical storm can do as much or more damage than a hurricane."

Peercy said she was worried about Ivan's second coming to the Louisiana coast, largely because 1,400 residents of that state have already registered for help following last week's storms.

While western Gulf Coast cities like Houston and Galveston, deal with the rains spawned by Ivan, residents of Florida still cleaning up after Ivan's deadly march through the Panhandle just last week are warily watching Hurricane Jeanne move toward the southeastern U.S. coast.

Forecasters are also tracking two other named storms in the Atlantic. Hurricane Karl is racing north through the north central Atlantic Ocean and is expected only to interrupt oceanic shipping channels.

Tropical Depression Lisa was nearly stationary as it merged with another tropical depression and was reorganizing Friday morning. Lisa is expected to begin a slow westward movement in the next 24 hours.


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