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Killer Storms: The Worst Case Scenario for East Texas

by Meteorologist Lee Ringer

It does not take the most powerful hurricane to cause a lot cause a lot of problems and create devastation for Texas.

Tropical Storm Allison proved that in 2001. The storm never reached hurricane strength but did $4 Billion in damage. Twenty-two deaths were attributed to Allison.

Another devastating tropical system was Hurricane Alicia that struck the Texas coast in 1983 killing 21 people and causing $2 Billion in damage. Alicia was a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. The scale classifies hurricanes between category one and three with five being the strongest of all hurricanes.

The last category 5 hurricane to strike a U.S. coastline was Hurricane Andrew in 1992. That storm caused total devasation for south Florida.

What if a category 5 storm were to hit the Texas coast? Undoubtedly, it would leave a large area of destruction including coastal and inland areas. We would feel a big impact here in East Texas.

If a category 5 hurricane were to hit the Texas coast near Galveston or Beaumont and head north, much of the Pineywoods would experience hurricane force winds. Some areas including Livingston, Woodville, and Jasper would experience winds up to 85 to 95 mph. Other areas such as Groveton, Crockett, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Center, and Hemphill could experience winds up to 75 to 85 mph during a category 5 hurricane.

High winds would not be the only threat. It is important to remember that flooding and inland tornadoes would also be a threat here in East Texas during a major hurricane.

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