Flooding Likely From TX Coast to IL

Flooding Likely From TX Coast to IL

DALLAS (AP) -- Flash flooding was expected from the Texas Gulf Coast to southern Illinois on Wednesday, with the heaviest rain likely to fall in Southeast Texas and the Ozark and Ouachita mountains of Arkansas, the National Weather Service said.

Up to 7 inches of rain was expected through Wednesday and up to 12 inches by the end of the weekend along the Texas-Louisiana border and central Arkansas. Flash flood watches have been issued Wednesday for areas from Port O'Connor, Texas, to near Springfield, Illinois.

Some flooding was reported late Tuesday in northwestern Louisiana between Shreveport and Minden, with 30 homes in a Haughton, Louisiana, subdivision being evacuated, the Shreveport Times reported.

The flooding comes after recent severe thunderstorms raged across parts of Central and North Texas. A tornado struck a mobile home park in the North Texas town of Tolar on Monday morning, smashing some homes and injuring two people after two other tornadoes late Sunday injured two people in the North Texas towns of Stephenville and Cool.

Storm winds damaged dozens of boats Tuesday at Lake Benbrook near Fort Worth, Texas, dismasting some of them and tossing picnic tables into the lake.

The system is not related to one that brought powerful thunderstorms to much of California on Monday, walloping the Sierra Nevada with blizzard conditions and briefly knocking out power at the Los Angeles airport.