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Storm Hits Texas, Louisiana; 2 Fliers Killed

June 26, 1989|From United Press International

A tropical depression thrashed in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday, drenching the Texas and Louisiana coasts with heavy rain, while thunderstorms pounding the plains were blamed in a small plane crash that killed two Yemeni pilots.

The storms in the nation's midsection toppled trees, turned over cars and damaged a television station in Nebraska.

The depression, which formed Saturday in the Gulf of Mexico, was about 80 miles south of Matagorda, Tex., early Sunday evening, the National Weather Service said.

A tropical storm watch was in effect from Baffin Bay, Tex., to Morgan City, La.

The poorly defined depression had sustained winds of 35 m.p.h., just 4 m.p.h. shy of tropical storm strength.

In Ft. Worth, a single-engine aircraft crashed at Meacham Field, killing both men, with a Federal Aviation Administration official blaming the crash on a storm.

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