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'Beryl' Remnants Benefit Texas

A young man performs acrobatics at The First China Beijing International Cultural and Creative Industry Expo on Monday, Dec. 11, 2006 in Beijing. China. Some 1,500 cultural and creative enterprises from China and overseas are taking part in the event which will run until December 14.
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Tropical Storm Beryl turned out to be more of a trial run than a threat, but it gave emergency officials a chance to prepare for what might happen over what is forecast to be a long storm season, reports CBS News Correspondent Maureen Maher.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl continued Thursday to benefit parts of West Texas with rainfall, while other parts of the state remained dry.

Most activity overnight was restricted to the Guadalupe Mountains.

Remnants of the tropical storm, which made landfall earlier this week in northeastern Mexico, were located east of El Paso and moving north.

Beryl was declared a tropical storm Monday morning when its top sustained wind reached 40 mph. But by evening it had strengthened to only about 50 mph hurricane strength is sustained wind of at least 75 mph.

Its eye crossed the coast at 1 a.m. CDT Tuesday about 75 miles north of La Pesca, Mexico, the hurricane center said.

Residents of two low-lying fishing villages were evacuated in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Tamaulipas and taken to shelters, the Mexican government news agency Notimex reported.