UPDATE ON HUMBERTO AND HUBBY
I'm posting a quick update while we're between thunderstorms. Some have emailed asking for updates about Super Hubby, the weather conditions here, and at least one person said they weren't even aware of Humberto...that's probably because it formed incredibly fast. In fact, I hadn't even heard about it til I was listening to the local Christian rock station at around 6:30 last night. I found an article online that gives more details for those interested:
Humberto brings heavy rain to areas of Mississippi
The Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. --Humberto, the short-lived hurricane downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved through Louisiana, sent bands of heavy rain into areas of western Mississippi on Thursday as it advanced on the state.
Several inches of rain, possibly up to 8 inches in isolated areas, was expected in the storm's path before the weakening system departs the state late Friday.
There were no reports of storm-related damage in Mississippi by mid-afternoon Thursday.
"It is making its way toward our area and we expect it to be a tropical depression over here," said Marc McAllister, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Jackson.
McAllister said while rain was possible in northern areas of the state, heaviest rains were more likely along and south of Interstate 20. He said there was the threat of isolated tornadoes in the southern half of the state into the night Thursday, with the possibility of flooding problems on Friday.
The weather service posted a flash flood watch for much of the state. Clearing skies were in Saturday's forecast.
Humberto didn't exist until late Wednesday afternoon, and wasn't even a tropical storm until almost midday, strengthening from a tropical depression with 35-mph winds to a hurricane with 85-mph winds in just 18 hours, senior hurricane specialist James Franklin said at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
"To put this development in perspective - no tropical cyclone in the historical record has ever reached this intensity at a faster rate near landfall. It would be nice to know, someday, why this happened," Franklin said.
The hurricane, which moved into south Texas and Louisiana overnight, was blamed for at least one death. By midmorning Thursday, the system had weakened to a tropical storm but still packed heavy rains as it advanced into central Louisiana.
In Louisiana, state police said there were minor injuries reported after a house was knocked off its foundation in Vermilion Parish early Thursday morning, possibly by a tornado spawned by Humberto as the storm approached the state.
Please continue to keep Jim in your prayers. He still has several hours of travel time to go and delays due to construction and traffic accidents aren't helping him make very good time. Also, please continue to pray for others during this time of bad weather. At least one person so far has lost their life due to Humberto.