| Ingrid fades to depression
| Saturday, September 15, 2007
|(CNN) -- Tropical Storm Ingrid faded to a tropical depression Saturday, done in by "hostile winds aloft," according to the National Hurricane Center.
As of 11 a.m. ET, Ingrid's maximum sustained winds had diminished to 35 mph (55 kph). The system's center was about 510 miles (820 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles, headed northwest at about 10 mph (16 kph), according to the hurricane center.
Forecasters said it should continue to weaken during the next 24 hours because of a strong westerly flow above it.
"Ingrid is becoming a just large swirl of low clouds with a few patches of intermittent convection," NHC senior hurricane specialist Lixion Avila said in an online discussion.
Computer models showed the system turning more northward and staying out in the Atlantic. See Ingrid's path »
Meanwhile, utility workers were restoring power to areas affected by Hurricane Humberto, whose remnants rolled to the East Coast overnight.
Damage from the storm, which came ashore early Thursday morning near the Texas-Louisiana line, was estimated Friday at less than $500 million, The Associated Press reported.
Joe Domino, Entergy Texas president and CEO, said some customers' power might not be restored until Tuesday, AP reported.
Power was restored to two of three major crude oil and liquid hydrocarbon plants in Port Arthur, Texas, company spokespeople told AP.
I-Reporters document what Humberto left behind
At High Island, Texas, where Humberto made landfall, the local water utility was depending on generators to keep operating, according to AP.
"I think we can do better without lights than we can without water," resident George Leger told the news service. See some of Humberto's damage from the air »
The remnants of the hurricane brought an inch or more of rain to areas of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee Friday afternoon.
A cold front merged with Humberto's remnants, causing strong thunderstorms in North Carolina, where a tree fell on a nursing home near Raleigh, AP reported.
"It's just terrible," Mildred Wheeler, whose husband lives in the home, told AP. "Water's flooding the building, and you have people here on oxygen machines."
Asheville, North Carolina, received 3.4 inches (8.6 centimeters) of rain, and Charleston, South Carolina received 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters),according to National Weather Service data.
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