HOUSTON (May 27, 2014)--A Houston woman died and 12 construction workers were injured in two separate incidents related to the thunderstorms sweeping across Texas.
Houston fire officials say they found a dead woman lying next to fallen branches and power lines.
They could not immediately determine her cause of death, however.
A contractor’s spokeswoman says 12 construction workers were taken to hospitals after tent collapsed on them while they were sheltering from the weather in La Porte, about 20 miles southeast of Houston.
In Alice, a savage thunderstorm toppled large trees and utility poles and left much of the town in the dark.
The storm roared through Alice at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. American Electric Power-Texas estimated that almost 7,000 residents of the town and surrounding areas of Jim Wells County were left without power.
There were no reports of injuries, but police officers, sheriff's deputies and firefighters were combing the town of 19,000 residents in search of damage or possible casualties.
(May 27, 2014) Another round of storms produced heavy rain Tuesday night in parts of Central Texas that played a role in a seven-vehicle pileup on Interstate 35 that sent three people to a local hospital.
It appeared that vehicles hydroplaned on the northbound Interstate at Moonlight Drive in Robinson.
The accident blocked the northbound lanes of the highway.
A second, three-vehicle accident, blocked the off ramp just before the 325 exit, the Texas Department of Transportation said.
A flash flood watch was in effect until 11 p.m. Tuesday that included Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Lampasas, Limestone, McLennan, Mills, Navarro and San Saba Counties in Central Texas.
Severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings were issued through early evening for some western counties.
The rain may not be over for several more days.
There’s at least a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms again Wednesday and Wednesday night, and a slight chance of rain remains in the forecast through the weekend.
At the start of the day Tuesday areas of Central and Southeast Texas were under watches as thunderstorms move across the state.
Drought-stricken Lubbock got more than 5 inches of rain over the weekend, putting it slightly ahead of normal rainfall for the year.
The official Central Texas rainfall total through 7 a.m. Tuesday was .99 inch, but heavier rain fell elsewhere including Milam County, where Thorndale recorded 4.55 inches and Cameron had received 4.17 inches.
Jewett had received 2.04 inches by 7 a.m. Tuesday, the Killeen area 1.42 inches, San Saba 1.65 inches, the Gatesville area .65 inches, and the Copperas Cove area had received 1.38 inches.