The Category 1 storm made landfall about 5 miles east of High Island and was expected to start weakening as it continued inland.
"It's a very compact storm," he said. "The strongest winds are very close to the center of circulation. The hurricane force winds only go about 15 miles."
Power was knocked out for most of Beaumont and Port Arthur. It's
estimated about 100,000 customers were without power in the immediate wake of the storm.
One location blacked out was Jefferson County's Emergency
Operations Center in Beaumont, where wind speeds of 75 to 80 mph
were noted, said Michael White, the county's assistant emergency
management coordinator. Officials were forced to track the storm
with laptops, he said.
A hurricane warning was issued from east of High Island to Cameron, La. A tropical storm warning was in effect from east of Cameron to Intracoastal City, La. The storm was initially expected to strike as a tropical storm until it energized into a Category 1 hurricane after midnight.
At 8 a.m. EDT, the center of Humberto was about 25 miles
west-northwest of Lake Charles, La. It was moving toward the
north-northeast near 12 mph.
The storm's rain bands were spreading over the coast and between
5 and 10 inches of rain were expected, with some spots possibly
getting as much as 15 inches. But authorities said evacuations were