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Six die as flooding hits Texas

The state was still recovering from its battering by the remains of Hurricane Patricia when the latest storms struck. [AFP]

The state was still recovering from its battering by the remains of Hurricane Patricia when the latest storms struck. [AFP]

SIX people are known to have died as storms slam parts of the United States (U.S.)

The worst of the weather hit the southern state of Texas, where at least three tornadoes were reported. The state was still recovering from an earlier battering of severe weather, when the remains of Hurricane Patricia swept across the region.

This led to flooding, power outages and cancelled flights. The ground was still saturated when the latest storms hit.

The rain on Friday and Saturday delivered as much as 8 mm of rain per hour, which fell onto water-logged ground, leading to widespread flooding.

The Houston Fire Department said it had made more than 130 water rescues on Saturday, and some public light-rail and bus routes had to be suspended.

A number of tornadoes were also reported. One ripped through Brazoria County, 50 kilometres south of Houston, smashing a number of vehicles in a trailer park.



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