Storm system brings heavy rains, twisters to Texas

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Associated Press

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 7:06 AM

DALLAS (AP) — A storm system drifted slowly over the Texas Panhandle on Monday, bringing scattered weak tornadoes and torrential rain to the drought-stricken area.

The system dumped heavy rain across southeast Texas and drought-parched central Texas, and spawned severe thunderstorms and occasional tornadoes in arid West Texas.

Upward of 6 inches of rain was detected in the South Plains, Concho Valley, Hill Country and Edwards Plateau of West Texas. Those downpours closed numerous low-water crossings but brought at least short-term relief to areas of West Texas worst-affected by intractable drought.

Located on the boundary between the worst and next-to-worst gradations of drought, San Angelo had been facing severe water conservation restrictions as summer approached. The Memorial Day rains pulled the city from the brink, National Weather Service meteorologist Nick Reimer said. Water levels had risen by about 6 feet as of Monday in O.C. Fisher Reservoir, which almost had run dry, and O.H. Ivie Reservoir, he said, while nearby Lake Nasworthy was at capacity.

Also, 1 to 1½ inches of rain fell in a drought-parched belt from Vernon to Lubbock.

The weather service received reports of up to egg-size hail and weak tornadoes scattered from Midland to San Angelo and near Wharton on the coastal plain and Bastrop in Central Texas. Minor damage was reported, but no injuries.

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