Extreme weather conditions claim 14 lives in US, Mexico

Tornadoes, storms and floods claim 10 lives in Mexico and four in US forcing Texas governor to declare state of emergency

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Extreme weather conditions are pounding North America from Mexico to Great Lakes region in the United States, as at least 10 people in the city of Ciudad Acuna in Mexico and four people in Texas were confirmed to be killed.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared state of emergency in 24 counties, citing the severe weather as 12 people taken by flash flooding are still missing.

On Mexican side of the border, a baby also went missing after the twister that hit Ciudad Acuna, a city of 125,000 across from Del Rio, Texas, sent its infant carrier flying.

Photos from the scene showed cars with their hoods ripped off, resting upended against single-story houses. One car's frame was bent around the gate of a house. A bus was seen flipped and crumpled on a roadway.

More was expected as weather forecasts showed widespread severe thunderstorms for Monday in northcentral and northeast Texas and southern Oklahoma, likely bringing destructive winds, tornadoes and hail, the National Weather Service said.

On Sunday, Blanco River, which runs between Austin and San Antonio, rose to its highest level since 1929, flooded the area around it and caused the deaths.

“My thoughts and prayers are with all the communities that are suffering as a result of this weather disaster, and I am grateful for the first responders who have worked tirelessly to provide shelter, care and resources to all impacted areas," Abbott said after declaring the state of emergency.

A combination of heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding forced at least 2,000 Texans to evacuate their homes.

The storms and rains are the last wave of a particularly high levels of rainfall since the start of May in Great Plains, a region that extends from Oklahoma and Texas in the south to Canadian border in the north.

Accuweather said parts of the area have already received a rainfall more than six times more than the area typically receives in all of May.

TRTWorld and agencies