Flooding fears after storms sock south-central US

KATIE FRETLAND Associated Press Published:

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Residents and businesses in the nation's southern midsection are bracing for flooding after a storms brought heavy rain, hail and at least one tornado.

The storms swept through Monday from southeast Texas north through western Missouri, and forecasts are calling for more rain in the area in the coming days.

The National Weather Service reported a tornado touched down Monday evening about 25 miles southwest of San Antonio. Some homes were damaged but no fatalities had been reported. The storm also knocked out power in areas of Dallas-Fort Worth and in Oklahoma.

But flooding was the chief concern heading into Tuesday, as heavy downpours were expected to continue. Even in some areas facing record drought, officials say a large amount of rain in a short time can lead to flooding.