Hurricane Gilbert's remnants swept from Texas to Illinois Monday with heavy rain and flooding that forced evacuations in one Oklahoma town. The storm earlier spun off 41 tornadoes and killed three people in Texas and Oklahoma.
The low-pressure system that last week was the strongest hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere spread showers and thunderstorms along a line toward the northeast, with gusts to about 40 mph.The storm system itself picked up speed to about 45 to 50 mph, said Dan McCarthy, of the National Weather Service in Kansas City, Mo.
Meanwhile, workers in Monterrey, Mexico, searched for the bodies of up to 200 people swept away when a river swollen by hurricane rains poured over its banks and overturned four buses. Ninety bodies were recovered and 191 people were confirmed dead in the aftermath of Gilbert outside the United States.
Although the brunt of the hurricane missed the U.S. Gulf Coast, at least 41 tornadoes spun off by the storm damaged homes and businesses in Texas.
The Rio Grande River in southwest Texas was expected to rise to 12 feet above flood stage.
In San Antonio, a man was killed Friday when a twister knocked a utility pole onto his home, and woman died early Saturday after a tornado ripped through her mobile home.
Other tornadoes in San Antonio uprooted trees, snapped power lines and tore off roofs. Damage there was estimated at more than $35 million, including $25 million harm to aircraft parts at Kelly Air Force Base.
The storm killed at least 98 people while coursing the Caribbean, including 29 in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, where it hit with winds of up to 200 mph, 26 in Jamaica, 30 in Haiti, five in the Dominican Republic and eight in Honduras.
The government ordered Mexico's Caribbean tourist resorts closed for at least two months, a major economic blow to the nation, in which tourism is the third-largest source of foreign earnings, bringing in $3 billion last year.
More than 90 hotels were heavily damaged by Gilbert and Cancun's airport tower was knocked down.