Published On: Sun, May 1st, 2016

5 Killed in Texas floods as severe weather lashes central US



AUSTIN: A grandmother and four of her grandchildren were killed in floods in Texas caused by a storm system that unleashed tornadoes, damaging hail and torrential rains on several central US states, officials said on Saturday.

The flood victims in Palestine, Texas, 100 miles (160 km)southeast of Dallas, escaped a house where flood waters had reached the roof line and were then swept away by the rushing waters, Palestine police Captain James Muniz said.

“They were able to get out but they were washed away,” he said, adding their bodies were recovered on Saturday. The grandmother was aged 64 and the children between six and nine.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch on Saturday extending from east of the Houston area, where floods this month have killed eight people, into much of Louisiana and Mississippi. It has also issued a flash flood watch extending from Texas into much of Mississippi.

“Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected today into this evening across the lower Mississippi Valley, Tennessee Valley, Ozarks and the Ohio Valley,” it said on Saturday.

Strong winds in the Houston area downed trees and cut power lines, the service said. As of 10:30 a.m. local time, more than 4,200 customers in the region were without power, CenterPoint Energy reported.

There were seven reported tornadoes from the storm system on Friday in Texas and Oklahoma, it said. A twister caused damage to several structures and ripped through mobile homes in Ninnekah, about 50 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, local news reports said.


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