Tornado, Heavy Rains Lash Parts of Texas

From United Press International

A tornado and several funnel clouds skittered across Texas on Wednesday. Homes were damaged, trees were uprooted and parts of the state were doused with as much as four inches of rain.

The tornado touched down in the Point Loma subdivision near Corpus Christi Lake, where it damaged four houses and toppled trees but caused no injuries, a dispatcher for the San Patricio County sheriff's office said.

Several twisters also were spotted in a line of severe thunderstorms that struck in Martin and Howard counties in southwest Texas.

A flash flood watch was posted for much of South-Central Texas, where thunderstorms brought Bexar County more than two inches of rain and Bandera County nearly four inches, the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters warned that the heavy rains could trigger flash floods in the two counties.

Elsewhere, temperatures dropped into the 30s and 40s overnight, and record lows in at least six cities were broken or tied.

Elkins, W. Va., had a low of 39 degrees, breaking its 1974 record of 40 degrees. A reading of 43 in Binghamton, N.Y., set a record for the date.

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