Reports: Flooding in Texas Claims Two Lives

By , Senior Meteorologist
May 25, 2013; 4:45 PM ET
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Update at 11:05 p.m. EDT Saturday:

Thunderstorms have diminished across southern Texas; however, flooding will continue into Sunday following the heavy rain the area has received since Friday.

San Antonia received 9.87 inches of rain Saturday, making it the second wettest day for the city on record. This also helped make it the second wettest May on record for the city as well.

Flooding from the heavy rain did result in two fatalities. A woman drowned when she was swept from the roof of her vehicle during a water rescue. A second person downed when their vehicle was swept into a drainage ditch by flood waters.

Flooding will decrease on Sunday with drier weather in the forecast.

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3:26 p.m. CDT Local news station ABC13 in San Antonio, Texas reported that about 130 people had to be rescued from their cars or homes due to rising flood water. Water is 4 feet high in some homes. One woman was killed during a water rescue as she was swept from the roof of her car by the water.

2:46 p.m. CDT: A funnel cloud was reported 7 miles southwest of Victoria.

2:19 p.m. CDT: A tornado is reported to be on the ground just northeast of Victoria near Larkspur and Narvarro. Take cover.

2:04 p.m. CDT: Thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes are forming near Victoria, Texas. Seek shelter in a permanent structure.

1:05 p.m. CDT: Thunderstorms are developing over western Fort Worth, Texas. If you can hear thunder, remember, you can be struck by lightning. Seek shelter indoors.

12:46 p.m. CDT: KSAT, a local Texas news station, reported that one person was killed when their car was washed into a drainage area near West Nakoma and Warfield roads.

11:57 a.m. CDT: Thunderstorms fired up near southwestern Dewitt and southeastern Karne counties in Texas. These storms are capable of producing tornadoes.

11:21 a.m. CDT: Storms capable of producing tornadoes are moving into west central Dewitt county & central Karnes county in Texas about 60 miles southeast of San Antonio. Take cover.

11:15 a.m. CDT: This photo of a car in flood waters in San Antonio, Texas was taken by Twitter follower @carriemelina.

10:40 a.m. CDT: Flooding on parts of the Smithson Valley Highway and FM 1863 forced closures and a water rescue 5 miles southeast of Spring Branch, Texas.

10:31 a.m. CDT: This picture of flooding near I-10 in San Antonio was taken by Athena Garcia.

10:25 a.m. CDT: Today's rain makes it the second wettest calendar day on record at San Antonio at 9.7 inches. The wettest on record was October 17, 1998 with 11.26 inches.

10:17 a.m. CDT: I-37 is closed north and south bound near mile marker 74 5 miles north of Three Rivers, Texas. Four feet of water is on the roadway.

9:56 a.m. CDT: Evacuations are taking place at Tipps Park, west of Three Rivers on Texas Route 72.

9:50 a.m. CDT: Portions of I-37 near Oakville, Texas are shut down due to water on the roadway.

9:48 a.m. CDT: This picture of flooding in a San Antonio neighborhood was taken by Twitter follower @TFontenette.

9:45 a.m. CDT: The San Antonio River, Bexar County, Texas has set a new record-high level at 32.87 feet. There were 13 water rescues ongoing in the San Antonio area.

9:00 a.m. CDT: There are 13 ongoing water rescues in the City of San Antonio, Texas.

8:49 a.m. CDT: A flash flood emergency has been declared in San Antonio and is considered a life-threatening situation. Heavy rain continued to fall over the area. The storms have brought 8.60 inches of rain thus far today.

8:05 a.m. CDT: This is already the third wettest calendar day on record at San Antonio. The second wettest was July 1, 2001 with 9.52 inches and the wettest was October 17, 1998 with 11.26 inches.

8:05 a.m. CDT: San Antonio International Airport has received 7.12 inches of rain since 3:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. CDT: Castle Hills, Texas has received 8.77 inches of rain in the past 24 hours.

7:59 a.m. CDT: Between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m., 3.88 inches of rain fell at San Antonio.

7:19 a.m. CDT: Multiple roads are closed in the San Antonio, Texas area during to heavy rain and flooding.

7:15 a.m. CDT: Major flooding was occurring along the San Antonio River in Bexar County, Texas.

7:00 a.m. CDT: Major flooding was occurring along the Olmos Creek in San Antonio.

With the ground still saturated from thunderstorms Friday and Saturday, any additional rain today will just run rapidly off into streams, rivers, catch basins, roadways and neighborhoods.

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Drier weather will follow for Sunday and Memorial Day.

Thumbnail image by breakingweather Twitter follower @carriemelina.

Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski and Staff Writer Vickie Frantz contributed to the content of this story.


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