Hurricane Humberto kills one as Texas border blasted
By Bruce Nichols
Copyright 2007 Reuters
HOUSTON ó Hurricane Humberto spared Houston but blasted the Texas-Louisiana border area on Thursday, killing one person, shutting down three refineries and cutting power to 100,000 customers.
"If Houston got a pass, we got the fast-ball strike," said Greg Fountain, coordinator for Jefferson County emergency management serving the Beaumont-Port Arthur area in southeastern Texas.
Humberto grew to hurricane status quicker than forecasters had expected but weakened after a few hours over land and was reclassified again as a tropical storm.