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Severe storms cause flash floods, power outages and uprooted trees in Houston, Texas

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There was street flooding in Deer Park during Friday's storms.
Severe storms created all sorts of problems throughout the greater Houston area Thursday.

In New Waverly, the severe weather sent a tree barreling through a home and cutting it in half. Not far away, an 18 wheeler overturned due to heavy winds.

In Huntsville, heavy rain flooded the Woodcreek Apartments and the weight of high water forced a glass wall to cave at Sam Houston State University's recreational center. More than 14 inches of water flooded the center, forcing it to temporarily close until crews can make repairs.

In Spring, another scary moment as a tree uprooted and fell through a house off Falling Leaf Lane, narrowly missing a man standing in the kitchen.

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At least 4 passengers dead after bus is swept away by floods near Mandera, Kenya


Passengers atop a bus that was swept away by flash floods as it tried to cross a seasonal river at Gadudia in Mandera County on April 16, 2015.
At least four passengers were killed while more than 20 remained unaccounted for after floods swept away a bus in Mandera on Thursday.

County Commissioner Alex ole Nkoyo, who confirmed the four deaths, said rescuers were still searching for more bodies along the river where the incident occurred.

The bus, Mr Nkoyo said, had 59 passengers with an unknown number of children when it was rummaged by the fierce waters. Only 42 passengers had been rescued by around 5pm, Mr Nkoyo said.

There were fears that the number of those killed following the floods could rise as signs of more passengers being rescued faded as darkness neared.


Four dead in massive flooding in Southern US; rockslides close roads in West Virginia, Kentucky

Flash flooding in Irondale, Alabama.
Heavy rain continues to affect the South and the Gulf Coast, bringing fatal flash flooding to Louisiana and stranding drivers on impassable roads across multiple states. Water rescues have been ongoing in parts of Kentucky and West Virginia as more unwanted heavy rain swamps the soggy region.

Louisiana has been particularly hard hit by the flooding and at least three people died Tuesday. Three-year-old Remy Dufrene died after floodwaters swept the boy into a drainage ditch in Lafourche Parish. In Kenner, Louisiana, a mother and her daughter drowned after their SUV veered off the road and submerged in a local, rain-swollen canal, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office confirms.

A Kentucky man was found dead in a creek after search and rescue teams located his submerged vehicle.

"Impulses of upper-level energy combined with plenty of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will keep the South unsettled through the end of the week. As a result, the threat of localized flooding will continue in parts of the region where rain or thunderstorms persist in any one location for too long," weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce said.

The storms also created a dangerous situation when lightning ignited a few storage tanks in western Texas Sunday night, according to The Associated Press. Hundreds of miles away, a mother and daughter were injured by a lightning strike in Macclenny, Florida.

Here are the latest impacts from several of the states affected by this round of flooding.

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Thousands evacuated from flood areas in Karaganda, Kazakhstan

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Flooding in Karaganda Oblast
Floods in Karaganda Oblast continue to wreak havoc as Kazakh authorities are forced to evacuate dozens of settlements, Tengrinews reports citing the Oblast's Department of Emergency Situations. 1,760 houses have been flooded in 35 villages. 340 livestock have drowned.

A sharp rise in temperature to 20 degrees Centigrade between March 23 to 29 intensified the melting of snow and caused flooding of villages in Semey and Ayagoz districts in East Kazakhstan Oblast and of four districts in Karaganda Oblast.

The second wave of floods began on April 6 as a result of another sharp rise in temperatures, again to 20 degrees Centigrade, creating a threat of flooding of settlements in Karaganda and Akmola Oblasts in central Kazakhstan. Moreover, the threat now extends to Astana suburbs located near the riverbed of Nura.


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Heavy rainfall brings flooding to parts of North Texas

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Car under water in Fort Worth
A Flash Flood Warning has expired for Collin County and parts of Denton and Grayson Counties after one to two inches of rain fell over Tarrant and Denton Counties earlier Monday.

Meteorologists expected scattered showers and thunderstorms to hit North Texas overnight. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued for counties in the southern portion of the WFAA viewing area through 11 p.m. Monday, but it was later canceled.

For Celia de la Cruz, these April showers are bringing massive headaches.

"It just comes this way and heads that way; it's just horrible," she said.

De la Cruz was talking about the gushing, rushing water that turned her quiet Fort Worth street into raging rapids on Monday. Her neighbor shot incredible video of the water rushing through backyards and funneling onto Carleton Avenue near Interstate 30 and Hulen Street.

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Israel sees 'unseasonable downpours', flooding, and the coldest temperatures in decades

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Illustrative photo of Israelis watching flash floods in Nahal Og that empties into the Dead Seat, November 26, 2014.
Heavy rainfall closed a road near the Dead Sea on Sunday as unseasonable downpours and stormy conditions continued to lash much of Israel over a wet weekend.

Parts of route 90 were closed to traffic as the Nahal David and Nahal Tze'elim streams, which run off into the salt-water lake, flooded the road. The highway was blocked south of Metzukei Dragot and north of Ein Bokek by the water.

Police and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority closed to the public hiking routes along wadis in the area as a safety precaution. The wadis are popular attractions during rainy seasons with hikers hoping to catch sight of rainwater from mountainous areas rushing along the riverbeds.

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US: Flash flooding closes roads in Alabama

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Flash floods hit Alabama
An afternoon and evening filled with rainfall is causing flooding in some areas of the county.

A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect until 2:45am for southwestern Mobile County. Doppler estimated rainfall totals of over 7 to 8 inches have fallen near Grand Bay.

Multiple roads have been closed in southwestern Mobile County, including Ramsey Road, Highway 188, McGehee and AL 188, Potter Tract and Cemetery, Old Pascagoula, Serenity Gardens, McDonald Road, and I-10 at the Waffle House, Three Notch and McFarland.

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Alaska: Flooding closes highway with 'unprecedented levels of overflow'

"Notice the height of the water: Delineators along the edge of the road are usually 5 feet above the road," the state transportation department said on Facebook.
Flooding has once again forced the closure of the Dalton Highway after it was briefly opened following the clearing of unprecedented levels of overflow.

The highway will remain closed though Monday as crews tackle further complications from a storm that has created low visibility and prevented crews from keeping up with the overflow on the road and snow drifts, Alaska Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meadow Bailey said. A 35-mile section between mileposts 378 and 413 was closed.

Trucks use the highway to take supplies to North Slope oil fields, but the blockage essentially put a halt to those deliveries.

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Hail, floods and downpours affects hundreds of thousands in China

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A man wades through a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Weifang, Shandong province, April 2, 2015.

Floods caused by hail and downpours have damaged crops and halted traffic in central and east China, with hundreds of thousands of people affected.

In central China's Hunan Province, hail and storms since Friday evening have damaged 292,000 mu (19,467 hectares) of crops in 52 villages and towns. Of the 239,500 people affected, 12,100 have been evacuated as of 6 p.m. Saturday.

Heavy downpours have flooded houses in Yueyang City in northern part of Hunan, trapping some local residents. Some roads were also flooded, with many vehicles stuck.

More rain is forecasted in the following few days, according to Hunan's provincial meteorological bureau.

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Kentucky: Heavy rains close roads, bring Kentucky River to flood stage

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Severe storms in Midwestern and Southern US have brought floods and tornadoes
The National Weather Service reports that heavy rains in Eastern Kentucky are expected to bring Kentucky River levels to flood stage by Saturday.

The Frankfort/Franklin County Office of Emergency Management reported that the river is expected to crest at about 31 feet Saturday, right at flood level. Residents who live along the river are asked to pay close attention to NWS and OEM updates.

The river rose 4 feet between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. today causing the Kentucky River Campground off of U.S. 127 near Owenton to move its patrons from the lower lot to higher ground.

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