Making an encore appearance in the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical storm, Ivan swirled toward the Texas coast Thursday with a potential for as much as 10 inches of rain over the weekend.
Florida residents also had that oh-no-not-again feeling as 105-mph Hurricane Jeanne appeared to be developing into what this weekend could be the state's fourth thrashing this season.
"We've just reached some level of normalcy and here it comes again. I've never seen anything like this," said an exasperated Margaret McFarlane of Greenacres, Fla., who had no electricity for 12 days after Hurricane Frances.
In all, four tropical weather systems were churning on Thursday, with the most immediate threat coming from the 22-day-old Ivan, which seems not to be going away after causing 70 deaths in the Caribbean and 60 more when it plowed into the Gulf Coast and through the South last week.
Hurricane Ivan broke up after hitting the United States, but a piece of it spun back and reformed in the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical storm that struck along the Texas-Louisiana line on Thursday with a potential for as much as 10 inches of rain over the weekend.
Ivan was expected to make a button-hook turn and sit over Houston and the rest of southeastern Texas through the weekend, bringing four to 10 inches of rain. As of 11 p.m. Eastern time, it was downgraded to a tropical depression, with winds near 35 mph.
Florida was on edge over Jeanne, which has already been blamed for more than 1,100 flooding deaths in Haiti.
At 11 p.m., Jeanne was centered about 390 miles east of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. It was moving west-northwest at about 8 mph, a speed that would bring it close to Florida by Sunday. Some projections showed the storm hitting central Florida, and then moving up the coast to North Carolina by Tuesday.