South Texas battered by torrential rain, hail, lightning and possible tornadoes; more expected

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HOUSTON — Thunderstorms and torrential rain Friday brought possible tornadoes in South Texas, flooding to Houston and lightning that police said caused an explosion sending flames into the air from an oil tank south of San Antonio. Forecasters said more severe weather is expected in the state.

In Houston, some creeks and bayous filled to their banks and drivers found water reaching nearly to car bumpers.

In South Texas, funnel clouds were reported near Victoria and Beeville.

Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva blamed lightning for an explosion Friday at an oil tank in Karnes City, south of San Antonio, sending flames more than 100 feet into the air.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, nearly 3 inches of rain was measured in Parker County.

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