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The Latest on Texas storms: 2 hurt in possible tornado


HOUSTON (AP) -- The latest on the strong storms buffeting Texas for a second day, causing flooding and possible tornadoes (all times local):

9:25 a.m.

At least two people have been hurt and more than two-dozen mobile homes damaged after a possible tornado south of Houston.

The National Weather Service says strong winds struck around 5 a.m. Saturday in Brazoria County, near Alvin.

Forecaster Patrick Blood says about 25 trailer homes were damaged and two people were injured. He did not immediately have additional information.

Blood says south-central Harris County, including Houston, has received up to 8 inches of rain since Friday. Forecasters expect another one or two inches more an hour into early Saturday afternoon.

Blood says that will lead to standing water and street flooding, and that some bayous are out of their banks and contributing to the flooding.


9 a.m.

Storms have made travel difficult in the Houston area, where heavy rain and flooding have washed out roads and stopped some public transit.

Houston's nearly 23-mile light rail system suspended service Saturday due to heavy rain. Houston emergency management officials say high water was also affecting public bus routes and swamping major highways.

Authorities say the Houston area had received up to 7 inches of rain since Friday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for areas near Houston, Galveston, Bryan, College Station, Tyler and Texarkana until Saturday afternoon.

Nearly 12,000 customers of Dallas-based utility Oncor (ON'-kor) were without power Saturday, mainly in parts of East Texas.

To the west, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport canceled more than 40 flights Saturday. The area received more than 16 inches of rain Friday, and flights were suspended when the control tower was flooded.

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