Woman, 2 children die in North Texas flash flood

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DALLAS (AP) - A woman and her two young children died Wednesday when the family car was caught in rushing flash floodwaters in the West Texas rolling plains.

The incident happened about 6 a.m. Wednesday at what's usually a small creek just outside Dublin, Texas, about 75 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Crews launched a high-water rescue effort only to find the woman's husband clinging to a tree, Erath County Sheriff Matt Coates told the Stephenville Empire-Tribune . He was taken to a hospital. The mother's body was later recovered from the swamped car. Their 7-year-old son was found 400 yards further downstream, and their 3-year-old girl was found 3 miles downstream.

It was not clear immediately exactly how the accident happened, Coates said. An investigation is ongoing.

Damaging winds later Wednesday destroyed a warehouse near Bryan in Central Texas.

The National Weather Service reports about 3½ inches of rain had fallen overnight at the Stephenville Municipal Airport, about 26 miles northeast of the accident site.

Meanwhile, dozens of vehicles parked at a Dallas airport are underwater after the heavy rains brought flash-flood warnings and high-water rescues to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Water pooled Wednesday outside the terminal at Dallas Love Field Airport. Some vehicles parked in an underground parking garage were almost completely covered, with just their roofs poking out above the flood.

Parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area received up to 6 inches of rain and more was forecast through Wednesday evening. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for North Texas through Wednesday night and flood warnings for Central Texas and elsewhere.

Hail and damaging winds are forecast from San Antonio to South Texas. A hard rain, hail and chance of tornado are forecast for the Houston area.

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