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Heavy rainfall on Friday brings hope to farmers

By Carolina Astrain
Sept. 14, 2012 at 4:14 a.m.

Heavy rain showers fell in the downtown area for about 30 minutes. Thunder rattled buildings, and water droplets formed on windows as a cold front stalled out over South Texas bringing much-needed relief to the area.

Friday's rain brought some relief to a month of hot weather with a record-breaking number of 1.68 inches of precipitation. More rain is expected this weekend.

Water flooded parts of Navarro Street and and some parts of Victoria throughout most of the afternoon.

While city dwellers got plenty of rain, other Victoria County residents were left without a drop.

"We would liked to have got some," Reuben Petrusek said. "There were just clouds, and it was cloudy."

Although there has been more rain this year than last year, Texas is technically still in a drought, said National Weather Service forecaster Tawnya Evans.

"I think everybody really enjoyed the rain," said Schroeder resident and farmer Dorothy Neal. "We're crossing our fingers and praying we'll get some."

The last record year for rain on Sept. 14 was 2008 with a reported 1.54 inches.

There was a 40-percent chance of rain beginning Friday night continuing into Saturday morning. The overnight low temperature was expected to be 68 degrees.

Saturday's forecast included a 50-percent chance of precipitation during the day.

As of Friday night, no flood warnings and no severe thunderstorm warnings had been issued.

Saturday's high temperature is expected to be 88 degrees.



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