Huge storms have hit the Mexico / Texas border, with 13 reported dead and more missing.
Texas and the Mexico border area have been hit by massive storms, with 13 reported dead and rescuers searching for more missing. Residents have been warned that some roads may have structural damage and not to return to those areas until deemed safe.
The city of Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, suffered huge destruction. A tornado reportedly touched the ground and pictures show upturned cars lying vertically against buildings.
According to Office of the Emergency Operations Centre at the city of Del Rio in Texas, at approximately 05:50am local time on Monday a thunderstorm, which included marble-sized hailstones, hit areas of Del Rio. The city is just across the border from Ciudad Acuña. It resulted in a power outage with approximately 14,500 households hit.
In Hays County the towns of San Marcos and Wimberley were under curfew last night due to the possibility of further flooding.
Source: Del Rio Community Spotlight
Texas governor Greg Abbott yesterday declared a state of disaster across more than 20 counties in the state, saying that more counties may be added.
He said: “The State of Texas has taken brisk action in dispatching all available resources to aid those affected by this severe weather system, and I strongly urge all Texans to exercise every possible precaution to ensure their safety and the safety of their families and neighbours. 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.”
Authorities in Hays County said they are asking people not to return to damaged areas as roads still have water on them, and those that don’t could have structural issues making them unsafe.