Deadly storm Humberto weakens into Tropical Storm; hits Louisiana

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The storm that came ashore early today as Hurricane Humberto has lost some of its punch. It has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it bears down on central Louisiana.

Hurricane Humberto made landfall near the eastern tip of the Texas coast this morning, in the same area where Hurricane Rita hit two years ago.

One death is blamed on the storm, a man whose carport collapsed on top of him in east Texas.

The heavy rainfall could cause new flooding in a region already saturated by storms this summer. The National Hurricane Center says the system could dump as much as 15 inches of rain in some areas of southeastern Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and southeast Arkansas.

Louisiana's governor has already declared a state of emergency and shelters have been set up in at least two parishes.

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