Eight people are missing in Texas after the area was destroyed by torrential rain and flooding, report the media. More than 350 homes were destroyed and 2,000 residents have been evacuated in the regions around San Marcos and Wimberley in the Hays County.
Parts of the Plains and Midwest were affected by record rainfall due to a line of storms stretching from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. The storms caused multiple tornadoes to appear in that part of the U.S.
Storms have caused three deaths over the weekend – one in Texas and two in Oklahoma. A mandatory evacuation warning was issued in Colorado on Sunday, namely for the residents of the northeastern city of Sterling. Several counties are expected to ask the governor to declare a disaster. Tornado warnings have been issued in Kansas, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa.
Several cities in the Plains have measured record rainfall in May, with a few days still to go until the end of the month. Oklahoma City has reported 18.2 inches of rainfall on Saturday, which destroyed the previous record of 14.5 inches which fell in 2013. The city recorded 27.37 inches of rainfall this year so far, compared to 4.29 inches in all of last year. Meteorologists warn that lakes and reservoirs in Oklahoma are already full, but it looks like the drought that has gripped the state for several years in over.
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