[UPDATED, Oct. 26, 2015]
Despite dangerous Hurricane Patricia making landfall on South Central Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Texas was still in the cross hairs of what turned out to be the strongest hurricane ever recorded.
The northeastern track of storm, combined with an already consistent flow of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, was forecast to deliver a deluge over much of eastern Texas and western Louisiana over the weekend. And it did.
Reports indicate some parts of Houston saw as much as 9 inches of rain this weekend. Saturday’s storms pushed emergency services into full activation as heavy rain at the rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour shut down roads and highways.
Despite the worst of the weather no longer a threat, according to the National Weather Service office in Ft. Worth, some showers and storms will be possible over eastern portions of the region today, but severe weather and/or additional flooding is not expected. River points throughout East Texas should mostly be receding but some remain elevated as water is routed downstream. Minor river flooding is expected over Louisiana.
For the rest of the week, no significant weather is expected; though river flooding will continue.
As the catastrophic hurricane bore down on Mexico’s Pacific Coast Friday morning, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced an elevated activation of the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) as severe storms were expected to impact parts of the state.
Hours before making landfall, Hurricane Patricia became the most intense hurricane in recorded history as the storm rapidly intensified to a dangerous Category 5 (winds 155+). Reports indicate gusts reaching more than 200 miles per hour.