Drenching rains force scores of rescues in Oklahoma City

Reuters, May 24

More than 70 people were rescued on Saturday after severe storms soaked Oklahoma during a month of record rainfall, authorities said.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department said in a statement it had rescued more than 70 people after the drenching storms triggered flash floods in the city.

The storms also spurred several small tornadoes throughout the day, causing limited damage, officials said.

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  • Thousands flee as massive storms ravage Texas and Oklahoma

    AP, May 24

    San Marcos, TX — Up to 10 inches of rain fell over 24 hours in parts of Texas, prompting numerous evacuations and rescues overnight and into Sunday, while a 20-year veteran firefighter in northeast Oklahoma died after being swept away in floodwaters.

    The storm system that moved across central and North Texas and most of Oklahoma pushed northeast on Sunday, bringing a threat of flooding to some western Arkansas counties, which could see as much as 3 inches of rain. And the region isn’t out of the weather woods yet, with the National Weather Service saying there’ll be more rainfall in the coming week.

    About 1,000 people were evacuated in Central Texas communities, which saw dozens of high-water rescues overnight as the Blanco River and other swollen waterways breached their banks.


    Oklahoma City set a new monthly rainfall total this weekend — 18.19 inches through Saturday, beating the previous one of 14.52 in 2013.

    1 dead, 3 missing as Hays County bears the brunt of flooding

    The (Austin) Statesman, May 24

    The Hays County cities of San Marcos and Wimberley were hardest hit early Sunday after torrential rain swelled the normally scenic Blanco River into a destructive wall of water.

    At least one person has died as a result of the massive flooding, said Ken Bell, the emergency management coordinator for San Marcos. The man, whose name was not released, was discovered in San Marcos on Sunday afternoon, Bell said.


    The town of Kendalia, in Kendall County, received 12.32 inches in the 24 hours between 7 a.m. on Saturday May 23 and 7 a.m. on Sunday May 24. Blanco saw 9.37 inches; Dripping Springs, 7.28 inches.

    Telangana breaks six decade heat record with temperature of 48 degrees [Celsius, 118.4 F]

    Situation was equally alarming in Andhra Pradesh where commercial capital Vijayawada recorded 47 degrees Celsius on Saturday

    Gulf News, By Omer Farooq, May 24

    Hyderabad – As Telangana and Andhra Pradesh continue to reel from intensifying heatwave, Khammam recorded an unprecedented 48 degrees Celsius on Saturday breaking almost 67 year old record. The highest ever temperature 47.2 was recorded there in 1947. Nalgonda, Karimnagar and Nizamabad districts followed at second place with 47 degrees Celsius temperature today breaking past records.

    Situation was equally alarming in Andhra Pradesh where commercial capital Vijayawada recorded 47 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

    With the situation worsening with each passing day, the Indian Meteorological Centre at Hyderabad upgraded the situation to severe heatwave and warned of higher temperatures for another 48 hours as hot winds were sweeping in from the North-West and northern India. The temperature in Khammam was a whopping ten degrees above normal.

    BBC: Massive India heatwave ‘kills 500’

    The Weather Channel: Summer 2015 Forecast: Much of U.S. Could See Below-Average Temperatures

    Washington Post: Record heat roasts parts of Alaska, where it’s warmer than Washington, D.C.

    SMH: India heatwave kills 1000 as roads melt, May 27

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