3 things to know about Midwest flooding

Tornadoes, floods and heavy rain has battered the Midwest all weekend with little sign of relenting.

Here are some things to know about the storms.

In Oklahoma:

Flooding was the cause for the death of a firefighter and a woman in Oklahoma.

Claremore Fire Capt. Jason Farley drowned Saturday night while rescuing a woman and six children from dangerous flooding, according to Fox23.

Farley was helping a rescue operation where water was rushing into a home during a young girl’s 5th birthday party. All of the children and one adult were rescued through a window but Farley was pushed into a storm drain where he drowned.

A female passenger died Saturday night in a weather-related two-vehicle crash, according to KRMG.

The Red Cross has set up relief shelters to help flood victims.

Also, a blind horse named Spirit is missing after heavy rain rolled through parts of Tulsa Sunday morning. And rain has caused a man’s underground pool to float up out of the ground.

In Texas:

Central Texas is getting a temporary reprieve from the heavy rains, but by Monday afternoon rain should return, again putting the region at risk of flooding, according to the Austin-American Statesman.

“It’s a serious situation. Getting out to the places like the creeks and campgrounds where you know flooding is a possibility is not a good idea,” said Paul Yura, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. “People who do go are going to need to pay close attention to the weather.”

A series of storms brought flash floods and tornadoes to parts of Texas where at least 1,000 people are displaced.

The Hays County cities of San Marcos and Wimberley were hardest hit early Sunday after torrential rain swelled the normally scenic Blanco River into a destructive wall of water, according to the Austin-American Statesman.

At least one person died as a result of the massive flooding, said Ken Bell, the emergency management coordinator for San Marcos. The man, whose name was not released, was discovered in San Marcos on Sunday afternoon, Bell said. Separately, Hays County officials are searching for three missing Wimberley residents.

At least 1,000 people remained in Hays County shelters Sunday morning after losing their homes or being stranded in a part of the Hill Country dotted with low-water crossings.

One tornado touched down in North Austin and another tornado touched down in a Williamson County subdivision on Saturday night, National Weather Service officials confirmed Sunday night, according to the Austin-American Statesman.

The Austin tornado caused a U-Haul building to collapse, national weather officials confirmed.

Ten small moving U-Haul trailers plus an apartment’s garbage dumpster were lifted and tossed.

The two tornadoes’ peak winds were estimated to be between 95-100 mph and paths that lasted about half a mile each, giving them a EF-1 rating on a scale of EF-0 to EF-5, the report says.

An EF-1 tornado was also confirmed in Corpus Christi Sunday, with a peak wind of 95 mph and a 2.5-mile path.

In other parts of the Midwest:

There are tornado warnings for Kansas and parts of Missouri.

A tornado warning also was issued for parts of Iowa and Illinois by the National Weather Service.

Earlier strong storms knocked out power to about 8,000 homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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