Hurricane Humberto slams into TexasPosted: Updated:
HOUSTON, Texas- Hurricane Humberto rumbled onto the upper Texas coast on Thursday with 85 mile per hour winds and heavy rains that threatened widespread flooding.
According the the U.S. National Hurricane Center, the storm made landfall near High Island, about 30 miles northeast of Galveston at 3:10 a.m.
Humberto had been expected to come ashore as a tropical storm, but suddenly strengthened in the gulf's warm waters.
It struck a lightly populated area, and there were no reports of damage or injuries. The storm was expected to plow through southeastern Texas and head east into Louisiana, where officials braced for flooding.
Humberto was a minimal, Category 1 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale, but forecasters said it could dump up to 15 inches of rain because it was dawdling along at just 8 mph.
Galveston reported 5 inches of rain as Humberto eased past on Wednesday, headed toward the Texas-Louisiana border.
A hurricane warning was in place from High Island to Cameron, Louisiana, which was still recovering Hurricane Rita in 2005. Rita struck the Texas-Louisiana border region three weeks after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.
Humberto is the third hurricane of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season.
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