Heavy storms bring needed rain to parched Texas

Casey Hutchins

DALLAS — Swaths of Central and Southeast Texas continue under a flash flood watch as thunderstorms move across the state.

A flash flood warning is in effect for Austin and surrounding counties until mid-morning today after nearly two inches of rain fell early Tuesday.

National Weather Service forecaster Brian Kyle said storms in the Houston area generated winds from 35 to 50 mph and half an inch to one inch of rain over the Houston metro area.

Kyle said preliminary reports following a tornado warning in eastern Harris County indicated downed trees and power lines.

Drought-stricken Lubbock got more than five inches of rain during the weekend, putting it slightly ahead of normal rainfall for the year.

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