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Heavy rains cause extensive flooding in Southern Texas. Flood emergency declared in Corpus Christi

No break for Lone Star State: Heavy rain lashes South Texas


Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 11:15 -

Torrential rains caused heavy flooding in South Texas on Monday, NBC reported. 

Forecasters said more than 11 inches of rain fell within a 24-hour period, stranding dozens of cars, according to local media. 

In Corpus Christi, police blocked off several major roads, where flood waters went almost to the top of the guardrails, NBC said. 

The National Weather Service declared a flash flooding emergency and severe thunderstorm warning for surrounding counties.

“We can not stress enough the severity of the flooding on-going around the Corpus Christi area,” the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi tweeted at 2:48 a.m. CDT Monday. “Numerous water rescues are occurring.” 


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No injuries were reported in the city, where emergency management officials reported high-water rescues from vehicles and low-lying areas, ABC News reported

Additional rain is in the forecast, which could exasperate the ongoing flooding situation. 

Watch below: Future Radar (May 17)

“Abundant moisture along with a stalled front across South Texas and an approaching upper disturbance will produce several more rounds of showers and thunderstorms through [Monday] morning across South Texas,” the National Weather Service said in a flood warning. “Flash flooding is ongoing across portions of this region...and due to the heavy rains received on Sunday and overnight across portions of the coastal bend, this area will continue to have the greatest threat of experiencing flash flooding.”

Motorists are advised to turn around, don’t drown, if they encounter a flooded roadway. Corpus Christi is expected to see rain throughout the week.

For complete forecast details, click here.

BELOW: Photos and videos of severe flooding across South Texas:

Watch below: Long Range Forecast


Source: NWS | ABC News | Reuters

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