Texas, Oklahoma Floods: 12 People Missing as More Rain Forecast
BY ELISHA FIELDSTADT, ALEXANDER SMITH AND GABE GUTIERREZ
Tornadoes and dangerous thunderstorms continued to race across the south-central U.S. after menacing Texas and Oklahoma on Monday with historic flooding that sent rescuers searching for 12 people still missing, including at least three young children.
Flash flood warnings were in effect early Tuesday for parts of eastern Texas and much of Western Arkansas, and tornado watches were issued for parts of Louisiana, Missouri and Arkansas through the morning. Power was out to nearly 70,000 customers in the Houston area.
At least eight people were confirmed dead over the holiday weekend’s storms and flooding, including a 14-year-old boy in Texas who was found inside a storm drain and believed to have drowned and a homecoming queen who was driving home from her prom. Four were confirmed dead in Oklahoma, including a Claremore firefighter who died during a water rescue, and a 33-year-old woman who died in a storm-related traffic accident in Tulsa.