One tornado touched down southwest of San Antonio Monday night, amidst widespread flooding and severe storms that continue to pummel several Southern and Midwestern states.
The National Weather Service reports that the tornado landed about 25 miles away from San Antonio and moved towards the city as it diminished. Most of the damage occurred in the small towns of Lytle and Natalia, where Reuters reports that many homes were completely destroyed.
There were several injuries, but no fatalities have yet been reported. As of early Tuesday morning, said Bexar County Interim Fire Marshall Craig Roberts, one person was considered missing.
The San Antonio area was under tornado warnings at the time the twister touched down, said the National Weather Service. The warnings were lifted around 11 p.m. CT.
Monday's Texas twister follows two tornadoes that occurred in Nebraska on Sunday. No fatalities were reported there, although homes were destroyed and two people were injured.
Due to heavy rains and winds in the general San Antonio area, about 23,000 homes were left without power on Tuesday morning, according to the city's main electric utility company. The fire department also reported that at least two house fires occured, possibly caused by lightening.
Meanwhile, in Dallas-Fort Worth, roads were flooded and flights from the city's international airport saw heavy delays.
The entire state of Texas saw heavy rains and strong winds, and storms are expected to continue buffeting parts of the Southern Plains until midweek, according to The Weather Channel.
The events are part of a slow-moving band of turbulent weather, which now stretches from Kansas to the Texas-Mexico border and is moving eastward as its intensity decreases.
Although flooding has caused some damage to public and private properties in Texas, it has also helped to alleviate a year-long drought. The deluge bodes well for Texas's ecology and water supply as the year progresses.
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