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Complex weather system causes deadly flooding across north Texas, US

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A complex weather system brought heavy rain and caused widespread flooding in several areas across the north Texas on November 26 and 27, 2015, leaving at least 4 people dead. The rain has pushed both Dallas and Fort Worth to their wettest years on record.

In Johnson County, two motorists lost their lives after attempting to drive through high water. In Tarrant County, a sheriff's deputy was rescued by Fort Worth firefighters after she tried to assist a 70-year-old motorist whose car was lifted off a bridge by the flooding. The deputy was found clinging to a tree two hours after she attempted to rescue the stranded senior, who is currently considered missing.

According to Weather Channel, Dallas broke its rainfall record on Thursday, November 26 when 5.48 cm (2.16 inches) of rain at Love Field pushed the annual total to 145.54 cm (57.30 inches), breaking the previous record of 140.48 cm (55.31 inches) in 1981. As of 19:00 CST Friday, November 27 Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport had received 141.90 cm (55.87 inches) since the start of 2015, surpassing the standing record of 135.99 cm (53.54 inches) in 1991.

NWS forecasters say this complex weather system will continue bringing significant impacts to much of the Central and Southern Plains through the rest of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Significant accumulations of ice and snow will bring dangerous travel conditions and potential power outages to portions of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Further east, heavy rain could cause river and flash flooding across the Southern Plains. 

72-hr rainfall accumulation as measured by GPM. Image credit: Google / NASA/JAXA.

Flood and flash flood warnings and watches are in effect across portions of northeast Texas, eastern Oklahoma, central and northern Arkansas and southern Missoury. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect for portions of central Texas and south-central Oklahoma.

Featured image credit: NWS

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