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Tropical Storm Bob Socks Florida Coast; Heavy Rains In Texas

July 24, 1985

Undated (AP) _ Tropical Storm Bob dumped heavy rain and winds up to 40 mph on Florida on Tuesday, with gale warnings posted from the Keys to Cape Canaveral, while downpours dampened Texas and two other storms brewed in the Pacific.

The Florida storm dumped 10 inches of rain on Marco Island and 7 inches on Naples, and rainfall up to 4 inches within a 24-hour period was common in the southern part of the state.

The storm packed sustained winds up to 40 mph, with higher gusts in squalls, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy thunderstorms also pelted large sections of western and northern Texas, spawning torrential rains, strong winds, lightning and flash floods.

Lightning struck a house in Fort Worth, igniting a fire and causing an estimated $97,000 damage Tuesday morning, said city fire department spokesman Charlie McCafferty. He said the owner was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Nearly 5 inches of rain drenched Mansfield, Texas, between 10 a.m. and noon CDT and 3 inches fell in 30 minutes at Mineral Wells, Texas. And 2.7 inches of rain fell on the town of Merkel in less than 24 hours.

Heavier rainfall during the 6 hours ending at 2 p.m. EDT included over 2 inches at Carswell Air Force Base and Arlington in Texas, and over an inch was reported at Dyess Air Force Base, Fort Worth and the Texas town of Everman. More than an inch of rain fell on Homestead, Fla., and nearly an inch fell in Miami.

Thunderstorms also were scattered over the central Gulf coast region and along the coast of the Carolinas. Street flooding was reported in Mobile County, Ala., and waterspouts were reported along the Carolina beaches.

Hurricane Ignacio intensified Tuesday, with winds gusting up to 150 mph. The storm, located 850 miles southeast of Hawaii around midday Tuesday, was moving west northwest at about 8 mph.

Another storm, Hurricane Jimena, was about 500 miles southwest of Baja California, but weather forecasters said it was moving out to sea and no threat to land late Tuesday.

Temperatures around the nation at 3 p.m. EDT ranged from 56 degrees at Arcata, Calif., to 105 degrees at Needles, Calif. The nation’s morning low was 35 degrees at Pellston, Mich.

Wednesday’s forecast called for thunderstorms continuing across much of the Southeast, with showers and thunderstorms also scattered over the Plains and the Mississippi Valley and parts of the central Rockies.

Much of the nation will have high temperatures in the 80s, with highs in the 60s and 70s along the Pacific coast and in the 70s over parts of the central Rockies and from North Dakota through upper Michigan. Temperatures will reach the 90s from the lower Mississippi Valley across the southern Rockies and across parts of the northern Plateau, with readings between 100 and 110 degrees over the desert Southwest and inland sections of California.

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