Several rounds of severe thunderstorms rumbled through Texas and Louisiana yesterday causing some serious flooding, at least two deaths and even spawning a tornado.
Lafayette, LA. received 6.87 inches of rain between midnight and 5pm making it the city’s wettest calendar day since 1995. Lake Charles received a whopping 2.87 inches of rain in one hour. To add insult to injury, rising flood waters caused caskets to float away from their resting places in an Assumption Parish cemetery.
Commuters in Houston needed to break out the scuba gear, as many feeder roads and parts of I-45 were underwater due to heavy rainfall. This was the latest in a series of soakers for the city, creating soggy ground which was no longer absorb the heavy precipitation, leading to a fair amount of localized flooding. From Memorial Day through yesterday afternoon Hobby Airport logged nearly 7 inches of rain, making it the fifth-wettest May on record at that location.
Oh yeah, and an EF1 tornado tore through Garyville, Louisiana causing property damage near the Marathon Oil refinery….