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Storm drenches TX, LA

Four deaths are being blamed on the severe weather that socked Texas and Louisiana with flooding and several tornadoes.

BY HEATHER MOYER | HOUSTON, Texas | October 17, 2006

Four deaths are being blamed on the severe weather that socked Texas and Louisiana with flooding and several tornadoes.

The storm dropped up to a foot of rain in some parts of both states. Eastern Texas and southern Louisiana saw excessive rain over Sunday and Monday, flooding homes and roads.

In Texas, two women drowned in Harris County when their SUV became trapped in a flooded roadway. The other two deaths were in Brazoria and Ft. Bend County and are being called "weather-related." Another ten people were injured in a weather-related accident on Interstate 10.

Many schools in Harris and surrounding counties were closed due to flooding. Officials are monitoring the cresting bayous as water from upstream moves through Harris County. Flood warnings remain in effect for many eastern Texas counties Tuesday.

County officials in Galveston reported a tornado touchdown in Hitchcock that destroyed one mobile home and damaged another. Tornadoes were also reported in Newton, Calhoun and Jefferson counties, destroying two homes and damaging another 30 homes.

Flooding damaged homes in Polk, San Jacinto and Brazoria counties. Many counties reported road wash-outs and stranded motorists due to the quick-rising water on Monday.

In northern Louisiana, schools canceled classes in Richland, Franklin and Caldwell parishes due to the high water. There are reports of some flooded homes in Caldwell Parish and rescuers there trying to reach stranded residents.

The National Weather Service said as much as 17 inches of rain fell in the central La. town of Natchitoches. Other areas received between 12 and 15 inches from the storm system. There were also isolated reports of wind damage in southeastern La.'s Lafourche Parish, Monday.

The same weather system that wreaked so much havoc in the South Sunday and Monday is now continuing its path through the Southeast and Eastern U.S. Almost the entire Eastern Seaboard is socked in by the storm's heavy rains. Parts of the South are under severe thunderstorm warnings and watches.

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