AUSTIN, Texas — Strong storms dumped more than a foot of rain in central Texas, prompting officials to rescue people from trees and cancel classes in a few Austin-area school districts.
The National Weather Service reported significant flooding in the Austin area — Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. Wimberley, a town in Hays County of about 2,600 residents, had received up to 14 inches of rain since Wednesday, meteorologist Steve Smart said.
"It looks to be one of the worst areas with the heaviest rainfall totals," Smart said as storms began moving out of the area Thursday.
To the southeast, Houston motorists were slowed Thursday morning by heavy rain, which caused flooding in some areas. A flash flood warning was issued until midday Thursday for parts of southeast Texas, including Beaumont.
Emergency rescues were needed in the predawn hours in rural Hays County. A helicopter plucked four people from trees near Buda, said Warren Hassinger, a spokesman for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.