More thunderstorms predicted for some areas of Texas already soaked by big storms


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HOUSTON — New thunderstorms were forecast for parts of Texas Saturday, a day after wide areas of the state were pounded with high winds and heavy rains, knocking down trees and utility poles and causing some minor property damage.

In Houston, some creeks and bayous filled to their banks Friday evening and drivers in scattered areas found water reaching nearly to car bumpers.

In South Texas, funnel clouds were reported near Victoria and Beeville.

Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva blamed lightning for an explosion Friday at an oil tank in Karnes City, south of San Antonio, sending flames more than 100 feet into the air.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, nearly 3 inches of rain was measured in Parker County.

San Angelo set a rainfall record for April 17 with 1.13 inches.

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