“I never experienced anything like this is in my whole life,” Brittany Taylor said. who moved into her apartment in Dallas just two days before the flood on Monday morning left most of her things are ruined flood.
Taylor woke up up around 3 am to sound of pouring rain and couldn’t fall back sleeping because sound of leaks, she told CNN.
“All the cardboard boxes started to crumble, so a lot of my things started falling into the water. i lost a lot of my stuff,” she said, adding that renter’s insurance doesn’t cover flood losses.
Fast-rising trapped water vehicles around 3 am on Interstate 30 in Dallas, Cassondra Anna May Stuart said, who took video of dark, watery scene.
“I could back up on ramp to get off highway, she said. – I took alternative route home … although most of the streets are flooded down right there.”
Around the same time “trained weather observers have reported major flash floods continuing in Dallas. with numerous roads and vehicles are flooded, including Interstate 30 and Interstate 45 near downtown Dallas.” flood warning Statement posted at 3:21 am
Two to 4 inches more of rain possible by Monday afternoon in places that already Got 10 inches between Sunday noon and Monday noon, show radar and rain gauge reports. “Additional flash flood in nearest Dallas/Fort Worth area May result in life-threatening flash floods,” the Weather Forecast Center warned.
In some places it can reach a foot or more of rain in 24 hours before event ends to stretch frequency in 1-in-500-year range.
Other major cities in Monday flood the surveillance area includes Austin, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana. region is under moderate — Level 3 of four — risk of excessive rainfall. Precipitation of 2 to 3 inches per hour were observed as storms. move slowly through area, creating potential for up up to 3 to 5 inches of precipitation.
BUT sign of “climate whip”
Dallas-area the flood comes in concert with “sudden drought” developed over it’s very dry year through Texas. Exceptional drought – highest designation — present over Dallas and Tarrant counties and blankets more how quarter of state.
“Above last half-year rainfall deficit of 8 inches to local over legs have affected areas of central Texas near and to the south of Dallas / Ft. Worth a visit to the Gulf Coast,” Drought Monitor said Thursday.
But this rainfall deficit will be virtually wiped out after Monday. in Dallas, though there will still be a big deficit remain for other areas of Texas.
Human-caused climate change has increased the potential for of such kind of weather whip, in what a dramatic swing in periods of drought and heavy rainfall occur more often.
Rainfall on Monday pushed this month into the third wettest month of August. on record for Dallas-Fort Worth area, with more than 7 inch in all so far – the most precipitation has been observed in month since 1915.
upcoming of flooding in Texas, rain continued on Sunday in parts of Arizona and New Mexico after the flood in previous days in parts of Southwest.
In Utah, tourists were “spotted” on Friday. off their legs” in Zion National Park in the blink of an eye flood. Search and rescue team members of the park were working to find a missing hiker near the Virginia River, the park said on Saturday.
The park was closed on Sunday, the National Park Service said. “Operational teams will begin evaluate and remove debris from the roadway,” the National Park Service said. added.
CNN meteorologist Monica Garrett contributed to this report.