Tropical Storm Hermine: Worst is over for Victoria, meteorologist says

This NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010 at 1:00 a.m. EDT shows Tropical Storm Hermine in the western Gulf of Mexico.
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Tropical Storm Hermine lashed the Mexico and Texas coast late Monday night into Tuesday morning - and the worst is over - said a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi Tuesday morning.

Several rain bands have soaked the Crossroads, but one of the last rain bands left the area as of 10 a.m., said meteorologist Matt Grantham.

As of midnight, Victoria has seen 3.61 inches of rain, he said. A near 100 percent chance of rain remains for the rest of Tuesday.

"You may see a few more showers later this morning and into the afternoon," he said.

No tornados have been spotted, but downed power lines and trees have been reported throughout south Texas, he said.

Locally, the Victoria Fire Department has not responded to "anything out of the ordinary," said Shannon Martin, battalion chief.

Downed power lines and and one transformer on fire have been responded to, but can't be directly related to the tropical storm, he said.

"I can't say that's directly related. We have them even during non-related weather issues," he said. "It might be a little premature to call that right now."

Much of the heavy rain has stayed to the east of the Crossroads, but winds should continue throughout the day, Grantham said.

A flood warning remains in effect until Wednesday morning and a tornado watch until 1 p.m.

The Advocate will continue have the latest updates on Tropical Storm Hermine throughout the day.