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Texas floods continue

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | October 29, 2002

Texas couldn't get a break from flooding Tuesday, with another seven inches of rain blanketing the east Houston area.

Floodwaters forced at least 75 people from their homes, said Corina Love of the city's emergency management office. The storm system also spawned at least one tornado. The twister touched down near Lumberton but emergency officials reported no major damage.

The communities of Beaumont, Bunker Hill, Dayton, Greenspoint and Jersey Village were most affected. Several bayous in Harris County are nearly overflowing.

Emergency shelters were open in the First Baptist Church in Dayton, the Jersey Village Baptist Church, and the Melrose Recreation Centers in Greenspoint.

Houston and other areas of Texas had heavy rain this week and last week as the remnants of Hurricane Kenna swept through the state.

Hurricane Kenna slammed into Mexico's Pacific coast Friday with 140-mph winds, nearly leveling the town of San Blas and pouring neck-high floodwater through Puerto Vallarta.

San Blas, home to 8,000 people, was hardest hit.

The storm made landfall about 40 miles northwest of Tepic, near the fishing and tourist town of San Blas, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Nayarit state took the brunt of the storm, according to government officials. Many main roads were washed out, hampering relief efforts and keeping people from checking on their homes.

The storm's winds slippd to 80 mph as it moved into north-central Mexico.

Kenna hit land with the strongest Pacific Coast winds since Hurricane Madeline came ashore near Zihuatanejo in 1976 with 144-mph winds.

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