Severe Weather Spawns Tornado and Heavy Rains in Texas

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Release date: 
May 12, 1999
Release Number: 
HQ-99-172

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Weather Service (NWS) reports a severe weather system moved across Texas yesterday. The system dumped heavy rains of up to six inches in central areas and formed at least one confirmed tornado and up to five other unconfirmed tornadoes in Galveston.

The heavy rain threat has diminished today for the northern and central areas hit yesterday. However, the NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Oklahoma has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the south central, southeast and adjacent coastal area of southeast Texas until midday today.

Local officials report six injuries but no fatalities associated with these severe weather events. The injuries were caused by a tornado in Mason County.

The Llano and Giddings areas were hardest hit with heavy rain. Rivers and creeks there saw rises and localized flooding was reported. The Llano River saw a moderate rise, but did not go above flood stage. The Trinity River crested two feet above flood stage yesterday, but fell within bankfull last night. There were no critical situations reported associated with the flooding.

In Galveston, damage was limited to several roofs blown off of houses, downed power poles and scattered debris across roads. Currently, there are no power outages or road closures reported.

FEMA's regional office in Denton, Texas (Region VI) is in contact with Texas state officials and monitoring the situation.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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