MCALLEN, Texas – The Latest on severe weather in parts of the U.S. (all times are local):
An official in the South Texas city of McAllen says the streets are “flooded almost everywhere in the city.”
Kevin Pagan, the emergency management coordinator in McAllen, said that the city had received some rain on Wednesday, but nothing like the amounts on Thursday. McAllen has nearly 143,000 residents and is along the AMERICAN-mexican border.
The authorities carried out several dozens of water rescues Thursday in McAllen people are afraid that they will not be able to have their flooded subdivisions or trapped in vehicles on the roads.
Pagan says that the city probably had 7 to 10 inch (18 to 25 centimeters) of rain in some areas on Thursday. He says it’s been almost 15 years ago that McAllen a lot of rain.
Pagan said McAllen not all of the rainfall from the Hurricane Harvey, which flooded other parts of Texas, with more than 50 mm of rain.
The mayor of Mission, Texas, says officials have carried out more than 200 water rescues amid flooding in heavy rain.
Mayor Armando O’Caña said the rescues done sine rain began early Thursday morning in the city, just west of McAllen. In contrast to the surrounding areas Mission is not to get heavy rainfall on Wednesday.
He says, “The storm came on, and then they stopped at the top of the Mission.”
The city has more than 84,000 residents. It is the preparation for the opening of a 24-hour shelter at a local high school.
O’Caña said: people are rescued from their homes, cars trapped on the roads, an adult day care center and of the local motels. He did not have an estimate of how many homes could be flooded.
He says, “We are still performing lifesaving rescues as we speak.”
Officials in a county in the South of Texas say that more than 100 people are saved from the flood.
The Brownsville Herald reports that Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño said Thursday that he has been told that there were more than 100 rescues on Wednesday.
Trevino said that a shelter in Los Fresnos had about 25 people.
The beginning of the Thursday afternoon, Treviño said the hardest-hit areas in Cameron County included Harlingen, Rio Hondo and Los Fresnos.
He says: “Fortunately, there is no loss of life.”
Officials in the far South Texas, the distribution of sandbags and the rescue of the inhabitants of water as the rain continues to fall after a series of thunderstorms have hammered the area over the past few days.
The National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Speece said Thursday morning that the rain was expected to continue throughout the day for the move on Friday.
Department of Public Safety Lt. Johnny Hernandez tells KRGV tv channel that more than 15 people had to be rescued Wednesday from a flooded neighborhood in Mercedes, in the extreme south of Texas.
Storms that moved across the Texas coastal zone this week have also brought heavy rainfall to areas that are less than a year ago were hit by the floods of Hurricane Harvey, including the Beaumont Port Arthur area, east of Houston.
This post has been corrected to indicate that Speece spoke on Thursday instead of Wednesday.
Forecasters say that much of the central and southeast U.S. will be at risk of severe storms as the weekend is approaching.
The national Storm Prediction Center says the two regions will be at the most risk of strong to severe thunderstorms Friday. They have an area that includes parts of western Oklahoma, western Kansas and eastern Colorado.
Also Friday, the storms could be severe in the Deep South, especially in parts of southern Arkansas; northern Louisiana; north Mississippi, north Alabama; and parts of Tennessee.
Forecasters say the high winds and hail will be the main threats, though some tornadoes will also be possible.
On Saturday there is a threat of severe storms in parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas, which are in the cities of Oklahoma City; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Springfield, Missouri.