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Texas is spared even rain from Dean

By Asociated Press
Published August 22, 2007


HARLINGEN, TEXAS

Texans eased up their storm readiness Tuesday as a weakened Hurricane Dean blew westward across Mexico's Yucatan peninsula on a path that was expected to bring nothing more than higher surf to the state.

Gov. Rick Perry ordered the withdrawal of rescue teams, fuel tanks and other equipment that had been deployed to South Texas. A statewide shelter network of 28 communities prepared to house evacuees was ordered to stand down Tuesday morning.

Texas won't even get rain from Dean's outermost bands and there is no risk of significant flooding, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Straub in Brownsville.

Texas had been especially edgy about the hurricane because large parts of the state were still saturated from flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Erin. National Guard and search-and-rescue teams had been mobilized to prepare for the worst.