Dallas woman dies in car as lightning floods eyelash area

Aug 22 (Reuters) – Flooding and heavy rain hit the Dallas, Texas area on Monday, killing at least one person after their vehicle was swept away by rising waters, authorities said.

The body of a 60-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was found in her car after floodwaters receded Monday afternoon in an area of ​​east Dallas, according to Clay Jenkins, the Dallas County’s highest elected official.

Rainfall over a 24-hour period ending Monday evening exceeded forecasts, with an area in east Dallas seeing more than 15 inches (38 cm) of rain, according to the Water Department’s floodway operations. Dallas.

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The National Weather Service (NWS) said flood warnings for parts of Dallas were in effect until at least Wednesday morning, with a chance of thunderstorms and brief periods of heavy rain possible for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Heavy rains in the Dallas area and the Southern Plains were the latest example of extreme weather to hit the United States due to climate change, which recently brought dangerous floods, tornadoes, wildfires and heat waves.

Video footage from local media showed motorists exiting their submerged vehicles and swimming to safety in the dark on Monday night. After daybreak, video from a local ABC affiliate showed firefighters slowly moving a resident away from a flooded home in a heavy downpour.

“There is literally no meeting or place worth risking your life or the lives of anyone on the road. Please STAY HOME if possible,” Dallas Councilman Adam wrote on Twitter. Bazaldua.

Many roads remained closed Monday afternoon due to flooding, the Dallas Police Department said on Twitter, warning motorists to avoid driving in high water.

The NWS also issued flood advisories for parts of southern Oklahoma, northern Louisiana and central Mississippi through Tuesday evening.

“A multi-day heavy rain event is underway over parts of the southern plains which could produce instances of flash flooding in urban areas and poorly drained locations,” the weather service said.

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Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago and Brad Brooks in Lubbock, Texas; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Bernadette Baum and Lincoln Feast

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