South Texas braced Wednesday for Tropical Storm Erin
By LYNN BREZOSKY,
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (Aug. 16) - South Texas braced Wednesday for Tropical Storm Erin to bring torrential downpours to a state that already has had one of its rainiest summers on record.
As the storm's outermost bands of rain touched the Texas coast, homeowners perused hardware stores in the Rio Grande Valley for supplies to board up their houses.
"They know the drill; they're familiar with it," said Ruben Dimas, assistant store manager at a Home Depot in Harlingen. Gov. Rick Perry ordered emergency vehicles and personnel, including National Guard troops, to the Harlingen and Corpus Christi areas. See: When Will Erin Make Landfall?