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September 9, 2013

Heavy rain floods parts of Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Heavy rain has drenched parts of South Texas that are still recovering from droughts, flooding some streets with enough water for boating as the storms endured into Monday.

Areas of Corpus Christi received up to 4 inches of rain Sunday, said Jason Runyen, a National Weather Service forecaster in Corpus Christi. Isolated showers continued with a good chance of rain for several days, Runyen said Monday.

A tropical depression that started Friday in the Bay of Campeche and affected the state's Coastal Bend dissipated Saturday, said Doug Vogelsang, another weather service forecaster.

"We are experiencing what we call tropical moisture associated with tropical waves moving along the coast," Vogelsang said.

Some Texas A&M-Corpus Christi students took to kayaks Sunday in flooded parking lots outside student housing complexes, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times (http://bit.ly/17KSrBv ) reported.

AEP Texas suffered about 4,400 outages in the Corpus Christi area but most power was restored by Sunday night, utility spokesman Andy Heines said Monday.

The Corpus Christi area remains in an extreme drought despite the weekend rain, Runyen said Monday.

"Unfortunately a lot of it hasn't fallen upstream of our reservoirs," he said. "We'll take any rain we can get, though."

September is typically Corpus Christi's wettest month, averaging about 5 inches of rain.

 

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