Producer's Perspective: Hurricane Humberto Begins to Take Storm

E-mail Maggie Lineback

HOUSTON, Texas — When we first arrived in Houston, there were clear skies. We went to bed thinking that we would be doing interviews on a story we were shooting the next day.

What a difference 12 hours makes.

A tropical storm that was barely named had become Hurricane Humberto. Usually, we watch these things for days. This one seemed to come out of nowhere.

We made it to High Island where Humberto first crossed into Texas. Gwen Edgar, a local resident, rode out the storm in her closet. She said she didn't have a choice. By the time she realized how strong the storm was, it was too late. She walked outside this morning to 40-year-old trees snapped like match sticks.

Down the road, we set up live shots in front of an Exxon station that sustained a lot of damage. There's a utility pole with wood and debris embedded in it. Locals think Humberto must have spawned a tornado and that's what may have caused the damage here.

No one in High Island was killed. One man died further north in Bridge City. About 100,000 are without power.

Here's the kicker: Forecasters say Humberto may restrengthen.

Maggie Lineback is a Dallas bureau producer.