Weather Aware conditions continue overnight due to the potential for locally heavy rainfall. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7 a.m. for the northernmost portions of Texoma including Atoka, Coal, Johnston, Murray and Pontotoc Counties Beware of flooded road-ways and never drive around barricades or into water more than six inches deep. High rainfall rates may reduce visibility and also increase the risk of hydroplaning. Turn around, don’t drown! Rain ends NW to SE during the day Thursday.
9-8-05 - For the first time in at least 159 years, a Mexican Army unit was poised to enter the United States on Thursday, joining a separate Mexican Navy mission with aid for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The convoy of 45 vehicles and 196 soldiers was scheduled to cross the Columbia Bridge near Laredo, Texas, on Thursday morning and then would head for San Antonio, Gen. Francisco Ortiz Valadez told reporters as his men refueled at a local gas station Wednesday evening.
"Our mission is to give aid to the civilian population affected by the disaster," Ortiz said.
The convoy and a Mexican naval mission arriving near New Orleans are to be the first Mexican military units to operate on U.S. soil since at least 1846, when Mexican troops briefly marched into territory disputed between the two countries along the border of Texas.
Texas had separated from Mexico and joined the United States.