Deadly storms covering regions from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes have generated record rainfall on regions from Midwest and the Plains. The tornadoes and floods caused by the storms forced around 2.000 people from Texas to leave their houses. According to forecasters more rain is on the way.
Authorities in Hays County (Texas) say that 12 people were reported missing. The missing persons are the members of two families from Wimberley and three of them were children younger than ten years. The emergency management coordinator in Hays County, Kharley Smith, explained that on Sunday when the town was hit by the floods the 12 persons were gathered inside a home in Wimberley. Smith also reported that 72 structures in the town were completely washed away and the roads are full of slabs.
Besides washing away hundreds of homes the severe weather also killed three persons: one in Texas and two in Oklahoma. Although the skies are easing up the threat is not gone yet. The torrents dumped by the storm cannot be contained by the river and creek banks. The National Weather Service reported that early on Monday the runoff was still peaking and flood may continue.
A spokeswoman of San Marcos, Kristi Wyatt, explained that almost 1.000 homes were affected throughout Hays County, Wimberley included. Five police cars from San Marco were washed away and even the fire house was flooded. On Sunday at 9 AM the city imposed a curfew which was maintained overnight.
In Broken Bow (Oklahoma) 13 persons were stuck in a rental cabin on the river. Although the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said that they were not in danger when the authorities had to open the flood gates at a lake which was nearby they remained trapped on an island as the water level rose.
Kevin Roth, the lead meteorologist at Weather Channel declared:
“The flood waters are receding a little now but we’re going to have another round of thunderstorms hitting again by mid-morning.”
This month of May has hit the record as the wettest month for some Plains cities. Meteorologist Forrest Mitchell from the Norman, Oklahoma weather service office said that with the recent rainfall the drought which has affected the area for years may end since so many reservoirs and lakes are full.
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