Torrential Rains Produce Flooding Throughout Texas on Halloween
Halloween began with frightening weather in central Texas on Thursday as torrential rains produced flooding and evacuations of some low-lying areas, a harbinger of storms forecast for a large section of the central United States later in the day.
Overnight rains of up to 15 inches in some areas swelled rivers and washed out low-water crossings in a swath of more than 100 miles around Austin, Texas, according to Jon Zeitler, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Austin-San Antonio office.
The Texas flooding was part of a major front that the National Weather Service said on Thursday would produce severe thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes from the Great Lakes south to the Gulf Coast.
The bad weather prompted some cities and churches to consider postponing Halloween trick-or-treating.
“Postponing is not a bad idea. It would be kind of irresponsible to say go ahead and go outside,” said Trevor Boucher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Nashville, Tennessee. He said his office was getting a lot of calls from city and county officials trying to decide whether to proceed with Halloween activities.