Weather service says tornado hit Houston apartment complex
HOUSTON (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado hit an apartment complex in Houston this morning, blowing out windows, damaging roofs and toppling trees. Houston fire officials say about 10 apartments were heavily damaged and 40 others less so. Two people were taken to a hospital. The weather service rated the twister an EF-1, with winds of about 100 mph.
Elsewhere in Texas, about 1,000 people have been evacuated in Central Texas and an evening curfew has been imposed as fast-moving floodwaters have consumed homes, sent downed power lines snaking into neighborhoods and turned roadways into tributaries.
A San Marcos city spokeswoman says some 1,000 homes are damaged across Hays County, a fast-growing area nestled between the San Antonio and Austin metro regions. Five San Marcos police vehicles were washed away and a fire station is flooded.
Meanwhile, authorities in northeastern Oklahoma have identified the firefighter who died while rescuing flood victims. The Claremore fire chief says Capt. Jason Farley was swept into a drainage ditch last night while helping rescue about 10 people who were trapped in their homes. His body was recovered early today. Farley had been a firefighter for 20 years.