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Overnight rains cause heavy flooding across Dallas-Fort Worth area

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Overnight thunderstorms dumped unwanted rain across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, causing major flooding that shut down roads, triggered high-water rescues and caused two flood gates to be opened at Possum Kingdom Lake, raising concerns about downstream flooding in Parker County.

Roadways were either shut down or clogged with...Read more

Relentless rain pounds Texas as rivers swell; at least 24 dead in floods

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WHARTON, Texas -- The death toll from almost a week of fierce rain that has flooded many parts of Texas continued to rise on Friday as officials closely watched the swelling rivers for clues on how much longer the crisis will last.

Search teams continued their work on Friday along the raging Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San ...Read more

More flooding could hit beleaguered Texas communities this weekend

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Even as Central Texas waterways recede from their Memorial Day weekend flooding and insurers began processing claims, emergency officials and meteorologists warned that the area could see more flooding this weekend.

Texans downstream of flooded areas should be careful because swollen rivers are rolling their way, the chief of ...Read more

Death toll from flooding in Texas and Oklahoma reaches 22

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HOUSTON -- With more storms forecast in Texas, where record-breaking rainfall has led to deadly and widespread flooding, officials were overseeing evacuations Thursday as residents packed up and moved away from swollen lakes and rivers to higher ground.

The death toll from the severe weather and flooding that began last weekend in Texas and ...Read more

Volunteers raise flood victims' spirits with fresh laundry

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WIMBERLEY, Texas -- Trash bags of filthy fabrics sit along the wall of Wash Day Laundry, muddy liquid oozing from the black plastic onto the light, speckled tiles.

Inside are remnants plucked from saturated houses: muck-soaked clothes, bedding, tablecloths and other items flood victims hope can be saved. They've already lost so much, they say. ...Read more

Receding floodwaters bring relief and health hazards

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Receding floodwaters can bring relief, but they can also bring diseases, venomous snakes and other public health hazards, authorities said Wednesday.

Health threats include illness from contaminated water, fleeing wildlife and mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile Virus.

One of the biggest threats is posed by fecal ...Read more

Lost and found: Some Texans being reunited with personal possessions jettisoned in flood

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The letters lay in a pile of debris along the Blanco River, untorn and neatly stacked in a bundle fastened with a green ribbon.

The 1950s-postmarked mail was obviously swept away in the floods, Stan Deringer knew. So many things had been dragged into the torrent of floodwaters that destroyed so much during the Memorial Day weekend storms. These...Read more

A family outing, lost in the flood

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HOUSTON -- It was supposed to be a relaxing holiday weekend in Texas Hill Country for a group of nine relatives and friends from the Gulf Coast city of Corpus Christi.

Instead, all but one remained missing Wednesday, swept away by floodwaters.

The lone survivor, Jonathan McComb, 36, was still hospitalized with a broken sternum and rib and a ...Read more

Forecasters predict slow hurricane season

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MIAMI -- With the 10th anniversary of one of the worst storms to ever hit U.S. shores approaching, federal forecasters on Wednesday warily predicted a slow hurricane season for 2015 but also cautioned coastal residents to be ready.

Forecasters said they expect the season, which officially starts Monday, to produce six to 11 named storms, with ...Read more

More rain falling in parts of Texas; death toll rises to 17

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HOUSTON -- Parts of Texas already deluged by torrential rains awoke to more rainfall Wednesday, snarling traffic and prompting flood warnings in Dallas and Houston as the death toll in the state and Oklahoma rose to 17.

Five deaths have been reported in Houston alone, which saw nearly a foot of rain fall overnight Tuesday, stranding hundreds of...Read more

NOAA predicts slow hurricane season

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Joining other weather teams, government forecasters on Wednesday called for a slower-than-normal hurricane season, adding fuel to the debate over whether the 20-year era of tropical intensity is finally drawing to an end.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts six to 12 named storms, including ...Read more

Rescue squads scour Texas riverbank for flooding survivors

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WIMBERLEY, Texas -- Near the foot of the RM 12 bridge in Wimberley, a pickup lay on its roof Tuesday, and a small house was propped up at an angle by an embankment it had landed on. Kitchen appliances, vinyl records and a teddy bear lay scattered across the mud, the smell of leaking gas hung in the air, and a chicken pecked at the debris.

Down ...Read more

In Corpus Christi, friends of missing families hold out hope

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AUSTIN, Texas -- What was supposed to be a long, relaxing weekend getaway in Central Texas turned into tragedy for three Corpus Christi families that were swept away during historic flooding near the Blanco River and are still considered missing.

Eight of the people declared missing by Central Texas authorities after floods on the Blanco River ...Read more

Epic Texas rainfall floods parts of Houston, Austin, Dallas; thousands displaced

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Severe storms pummeled central and southeast Texas late Monday and early Tuesday, the latest devastation from a weekend storm system that spawned tornadoes and widespread flooding in major cities, killed at least eight people in the state and Oklahoma, and displaced thousands of residents.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared disasters in 37 ...Read more

Central Texas inundated by 10 inches of rain; 1 dead in flood

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AUSTIN, Texas –– An unidentified man died Sunday in central Texas flooding after torrential rain swelled the normally scenic Blanco River into a destructive wall of water.

Ken Bell, the emergency management coordinator for San Marcos, said the man was found in San Marcos on Sunday afternoon, Bell said.

Separately, Hays County officials are...Read more

Study: Cold weather is much deadlier than extreme heat

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Extreme heat waves like the one that killed more than 70,000 Europeans in 2003 may be the most visible examples of deadly weather, but cold days actually cause more deaths than hot ones, a new study says.

After examining more than 74 million deaths that occurred in 13 countries from 1985 to 2012, researchers calculated that 7.3 percent of them ...Read more

Tornado victim: 'I'm just glad we're all OK'

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FORT WORTH, Texas--After a tornado warning was issued for the Boonsville area Tuesday night, Christina Lopez and her husband, Pablo, tried to flee their small mobile-home community.

But the gate wouldn't open, having been slammed shut by the strong winds. The couple were forced to ride out the storm in their car under a stand of trees.

"We ...Read more

Texas tornado kills one as severe weather hits nation

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On a day severe weather hammered the central part of the nation, tornadoes struck northern Texas, leaving one person dead and others unaccounted for.

The Associated Press, quoting Eastland County Judge Rex Fields, reported Saturday night that a tornado left "five miles of destruction" as it tore through a rural area south of Cisco, about 100 ...Read more

From Colorado to the Carolinas, severe weather sweeps across nation

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States from Colorado to the Carolinas are bracing for more rough weather as twin systems threaten some parts of the country with snow and others with tornadoes.

Winter storm warnings have been issued in Colorado, Wyoming and parts of Nebraska, as well as South and North Dakota, the National Weather Service said Saturday.

In South Dakota, the ...Read more

Multiple tornadoes, flash floods in Oklahoma kill 1, injure at least 20

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in a dozen counties Thursday, after multiple tornadoes and severe flash flooding left one person dead and at least 20 others injured.

One woman died after she was trapped in an underground shelter, Oklahoma City police said.

"She was in the shelter in the yard," said Sgt. Gary Knight. "...Read more