Click or tap the Weather button and select Watches and Warnings for storm updates. Drag the map to see areas not in view.May 26, 2015 (AFP) -- Flash flooding from record rains in Texas and Oklahoma left at least three people dead and destroyed hundreds of homes, authorities said Sunday, warning Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared states of disaster in 24 counties as severe weather lashed the region. "I strongly urge all Texans to exercise every possible precaution to ensure their safety and the safety of their families and neighbors," Abbott said in a statement. Authorities in the Texas city of San Marcos ordered residents to evacuate as flood waters rose menacingly around them, following torrential rain that turned streets into meandering rivers. Cars and trucks were submerged and people used inflatable lounge chairs to float down the street, in surreal scenes. As many as 400 homes in the surrounding area were destroyed, authorities said, and San Marcos opened temporary shelters to host residents who could not return home. At least 12 people are reported missing in Texas, said Kharley Smith, emergency response coordinator for Hays County, which includes San Marcos. Search parties She said people were forming their own search parties along the Blanco River, and warned them against this, saying it was dangerous. "We have local resources, regional and state assets that are actively doing search and rescues," Smith told a news conference. "It's not safe for the general public to go down and do those rescue or search operations themselves." The city council said the river had broken record levels set in the 1920s. Fire Marshal Ken Bell told CNN that at least one person was confirmed dead and crews were searching for three missing people. At least two people also died in Oklahoma, north of Texas. A firefighter in the town of Claremore died when he was swept into a storm drain while trying to help a resident in floodwaters, CNN said, and a woman in Tulsa died after her car hydroplaned. The National Weather Service warned that strong to severe thunderstorms were expected across a large stretch of the central and southern plains toward the Mississippi River Valley.
At least 29 tornado sightings had been reported across the states of Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma, where multiple homes were destroyed.
Forest Service anticipates spending up to $1.6 billion fighting a fire season that could be worse than normal.
In the case of major hurricanes-- a Category 3 or greater -- the United States has been in a dry spell for nine years.
The first images of thunder are created using triggered lightning -- and a lot of microphones -- to create an acoustic signature.
Spring in the United States looks to be a hangover of winter conditions, though the season is warming overall.
A solar eruption was strong enough make the Aurora Borealis much more dramatic than usual and was seen over a much wider area. See photos from the show on March 17.
This year's El Niño may deliver a quiet tornado season.
Stunning lightning storms inside of towering volcanic ash clouds created tiny glass balls.
The latest storm in an epic winter edged the total just over the 9-foot mark.
The long-anticipated El Niño has finally arrived, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Continue reading →
Check out the most common cloud types found in the atmosphere, according to the Center for Science Education.
Pollution and the urban heat island effect may cause slightly more thunder and lightning than rural areas get. Continue reading →
Is all the snow this year proof that climate scientists have it wrong, and the Earth actually is cooling? In a word: no. Continue reading →
People in Washington, Oregon and Idaho are pondering the origin of a mysterious ash shower last week. Continue reading →
A company is planning to offer weather forecasts via a system of small satellites that will watch as GPS spacecraft pass through Earth's orbital horizon.
Cold nights are on the decline in cities across the country. Explore our latest interactive to see what this warming will look like for you.
See when the coldest day of the winter season usually descends on your town.
If you were interested in freaky weather, 2014 had it all: snow in full effect, super storms and a drought for the ages.
Recommended for you