Storms have dumped heavy rain on parts of Texas, leading to several high-water rescues in the Austin and El Paso areas.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for the Austin area through Thursday night. A similar watch applied hundreds of miles away in El Paso County.
Austin-Travis County EMS has carried out at least four high-water rescues since Wednesday night. The city's utility company reported about 5,500 homes and businesses without electricity Thursday.
Several hundred customers in the El Paso area also lost power. El Paso firefighters rescued two people from a swamped vehicle. Battalion Chief Carlos Franco says a third person swam to safety and was being treated for minor injuries.
Lightning was blamed for an oil tank fire Wednesday afternoon in Baytown. Nobody was hurt.