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Halloween Ruined By Major Storms

Arash Zandi |
November 1, 2013 | 7:31 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

The aftermath of Hurricane Madeline, which hit South Central Texas in 1998 (Wikimedia Commons)
The aftermath of Hurricane Madeline, which hit South Central Texas in 1998 (Wikimedia Commons)
For many Central Texas residents, Halloween was not so much fun. Severe thunderstorms brought floods and threats of tornadoes yesterday in several states and knocked down power lines that caused a 9 year old Tennessee boy’s death. The region was drenched with up to 14 inches of rain. Flash floods killed a driver south of Austin when he was swept from his vehicle. More than 100 people were rescued or evacuated from the deluge that swamped more than 500 homes in Texas’ capital.

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"We saw very significant flooding," said City Manager Marc Ott at a news conference. "In some cases people cut holes through rooftops to have access to the outside." He added that although there were reported deaths, “we have many areas that need to be searched.” The rainstorm started late Wednesday and by Thursday morning, Austin’s Onion Creek reached a record high of 41 feet and continued to rise, flooding the surrounding Bluff Springs area, according to officials. A flood warning for the Colorado River remains in effect for Travis, Bastrop and Fayette counties.

A 9-year-old boy, whose identity has not been disclosed, died late Thursday night in Nashville, TN, after being electrified by a downed power line, according to police. They are investigating the incident as an accidental death. There were five reports of tornadoes yesterday: Two each in Illinois and Louisiana, and one in Texas, according to the Storm Prediction Center. The eastern coast is set to start November with more violent storms that will bring heavy rains and high winds on Friday. The strongest winds are forecast to be in New England.

Read more about the floods at the LA Times.
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