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Weekly Wrap-Up: Serious Flooding Swamps Texas; Mexico Escapes Major Loss of Life From Powerful Patricia

Heavy rains brought severe flooding to Texas last weekend, wreaking havoc across the roadways and causing thousands to lose power.

Between Friday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 25, 21.67 inches of rain fall in Corsicana, Texas, which is located about 55 miles south of Dallas. Nearly 30 water rescues had to be performed in the Houston area as the floodwaters submerged roadways.

Between 8 and 9 inches of rain fell across Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sunday. One woman was injured due to damage to her mobile home after a tornado touched down in Destrehan, Louisiana, Sunday morning.

While the flooding in Texas impacted travel and property, it also helped alleviate drought conditions.

Last week about 21 percent of the state was dealing with extreme drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. However, as of Oct. 27, the state has no locations facing extreme or exceptional drought and only 2.85 percent of the state is facing severe drought, compared to 41.88 percent last week.

Meanwhile, Patricia became the strongest hurricane on record on Friday, Oct. 23, with an estimated central pressure of 879 mb, breaking the record of 894 mb from Hurricane Linda in the eastern Pacific set in 1997.

The storm grew into a massive Category 5 storm off the southwest coast of Mexico and made landfall at approximately 6:15 p.m. CDT on Friday, Oct. 23, near Cuixmala, Mexico, which is a sparsely populated area. At its peak, Patricia had 200-mph sustained winds with gusts up to 245 mph.

Patricia spared the major cities in southwestern Mexico, as the storm bypassed Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara. This resulted in a low death toll. Damage was still reported, however, including incidents of flooding and landslides as well as waves crashing into resort hotels in Barra de Navidad.

The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, reported that around 3,000 to 3,500 homes and over 8,500 acres of farmland were damaged and about 253,000 customers lost power due to the storm.

Patricia weakened rapidly after encountering the rugged terrain of Mexico. After becoming a tropical rainstorm, Patricia moved into the northwest Gulf of Mexico and its moisture helped contribute to the life-threatening flooding in Texas and the Deep South.

The "king tide" helped cause coastal flooding from Charleston, South Carolina, to Tybee Island, Georgia, on Tuesday.

A "king tide" is an annual high tide produced by the orbits and alignments of the Earth, moon and sun. This, paired with strong winds off the ocean, helped to cause the flooding.

At Charleston Harbor, tides peaked at 8.69 Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW), ranking as the fourth highest tide since records began in 1921. In Georgia, tides peaked at 10.43 feet MLLW, at the Ft. Pulaski river tide gauge near Fort Screven, good for the third-highest reading at the gauge since records began in 1935.

Road closures and property damage were reported as part of the flooding. In the town of Edisto Beach, South Carolina, law enforcement reported that 20 homes suffered flood damage as well as two businesses.

Heavy Flooding Attributed to 'King Tide' Sweeps Tybee Island, Ga.

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake rattled Afghanistan, Pakistan and India on Monday. More than 300 people were killed, according to The Associated Press. More than 8,400 homes and over 100 schools were damaged in northwestern Pakistan, with at least 7,600 homes destroyed across Afghanistan, the AP said.

Several AccuWeather meteorologists and staff writers contributed content to this article.


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