Floods in Texas and Oklahoma; Tornado in Mexico

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Terrible storms struck parts of Texas and Oklahoma again last night, leaving at least four people dead and a dozen missing.
Record-setting rains left officials in Texas and Oklahoma scrambling to assess the scope of the damage and destruction Monday as an emergency coordinator told reporters that a dozen people were missing in one county.

The 12 people missing in Hays County, Texas, come from families who had gathered for the long weekend, said Ken Bell, emergency coordinator for San Marcos, one of the cities hardest hit by the storms and flooding.

...The severe weather has left at least four people dead, including one in Texas and three in Oklahoma, and washed away hundreds of homes. The storms are easing up, but it doesn't mean the threat is gone.

The torrents that those storms dumped are still too much for river and creek banks to contain, and runoff was peaking early Monday, threatening continued flooding, the National Weather Service warned.

And rain relief is not coming to everyone.

A flash flood emergency was issued Monday for several areas in south-central Texas, including the city of Austin and Hays County. Thunderstorms were moving over the area and an additional rainfall of 3-6 inches was expected, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters warned that with the ground already saturated, even a small amount of new rain could have devastating consequences.

"Only an inch or two of rainfall could quickly lead to more flash flooding concerns," the weather service said.
Hundreds of homes have been washed away, and this week's forecast is predicting more thunderstorms, hail, high winds, flash flooding, river flooding, and tornadoes.

Just across the border in Mexico, at least 13 people were killed, many more injured, and hundreds of homes were destroyed by a tornado that hit the northern city of Ciudad Acuna. The area also continues to be threatened with more inclement and dangerous weather.

How's everyone doing?

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