Entries in San Antonio (4)


Heavy Rainfall Causes Severe Flooding in San Antonio, Texas

iStockphoto/ThinkStock(SAN ANTONIO, Tex.) -- Record rainfall hitting the city of San Antonio, Texas, in the past 24 hours is causing widespread flooding, with at least one confirmed death.

The National Weather Service says the city airport recorded about 10 inches of rain in 12 hours, breaking several records.

“It set a new daily record, not only a daily record, monthly record but it's the second all time record for the city of San Antonio for rainfall in a 24 hour period of time,”  Pat McDonald of the National Weather Service.

The rain has caused significant flooding in some areas, closing roadways and stranding motorists, and leaving thousands of homes without power. Five rivers are overflowing their banks as well.

ABC's Matt Rivers, reporting from San Antonio, says at least 40 homes have had to be evacuated.  “It's just like the scenes you see during hurricanes with people being taken out of their homes on rafts with first responders guiding them to safety,” Rivers said.

Larry Trevino, the emergency manager for San Antonio, says there have been a significant number of high water rescues.

“We've performed probably 20 to 25 actual rescues out in high water intersections so we are urging people to please do not leave their homes,” Trevino said. “There's about 160 calls right now for high water related or water related rescues and incidents.”

One woman is confirmed to have died during the flooding. Few details have been revealed, but authorities believe her car became stuck, and the woman was swept away when she got out of her car.

Despite the tragedy, some are hoping that a little good can be salvaged from the flood. The heavy rain comes on the heels of a multi-year drought in the area.

“This will definitely help,” McDonald said. “Will it break the drought? No one can tell right now because the rain came in at a very fast rate.”

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Tornado Hits San Antonio as Severe Weather Rattles South and Midwest

Comstock/Thinkstock (SAN ANTONIO, Texas) -- Severe weather hammered the Midwest and South including a tornado that touched down in San Antonio, where at least 50 homes were damaged or destroyed.

Residents from Minnesota to Texas are bracing for flooding Tuesday after severe weather brought heavy rain and hail that is anticipated to continue for the next few days. With the storm system slowing significantly, tornadoes are becoming less likely, but flash flooding becomes a major concern, forecasters said.

The slow-moving weather pattern will bring thunderstorms with heavy rain as it moves over the same area, according to the National Weather Service, which said that some locations will receive a foot of rain by midweek.

The NWS reported that the tornado touched down 25 miles southwest of San Antonio on Monday evening, and that parts of the city and surrounding areas were under a tornado warning. Although some were trapped inside their homes, no fatalities were reported by early Tuesday morning.

Tornado warnings across the San Antonio area were canceled around 11 p.m. Monday, according to ABC News affiliate KSAT. Crews began assessing damage to the area late Monday night.

The sheriff's office in Medina, Texas, reported multiple injuries, but does not have a count yet.

"Pretty much all" of the approximately 50 homes damaged were completely destroyed, a representative from the office said.

Interim Fire Marshal Craig Roberts reported heavily damaged homes and five injuries, with one person reported missing, according to KSAT. He said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Strong winds in the Dallas-Fort Worth area brought major power outages, while outages were reported in Oklahoma City and in Tulsa County. Heavy rains closed roads in Oklahoma, and roofs were reportedly blown off by high winds in Minnesota.

Monday's severe weather follows an EF3 twister with winds up to 165 mph that struck North Platte, Neb., on Sunday.

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Arrests at Texas Courthouse; Terror Links Investigated

Thinkstock/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Federal agents are assisting local police in a "high priority" investigation in San Antonio, Texas, after three men were caught allegedly breaking into a courthouse overnight, officials said.

The men, who a senior FBI official said appear to be of Moroccan descent, were reportedly caught on surveillance camera forcing their way into the courthouse around 1 a.m.

In the course of their investigation, authorities uncovered pictures of courthouses and water systems from around the U.S. in the van used by the men, law enforcement officials said.  One FBI official said there did not appear to be an immediate threat to public safety.

An official with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who is also assisting in the investigation, told ABC News that two of the men had names similar to two that appear on an FBI watchlist. So far, the suspects have not been cooperative, officials said.

Further updates to this story can be found here.

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JFK's Last Night Alive Caught on Tape

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DALLAS) -- New footage from President John F. Kennedy's last night has resurfaced after sitting for years in a chest of drawers in Roy Botello's living room.

Kennedy and the first lady made an impromptu stop at the Rice Hotel in Houston Nov. 21, 1963, as part of a planned five-city visit to Texas that would have ended at a dinner in Austin. The Houston stop was to attend an event for the League of the United Latin American Citizens, replete with a crowd of photographers and a mariachi band.

Kennedy was assassinated the following day in Dallas.

Bottello, now 88, was the scholarship corporation chairman of the league in San Antonio at the time. He shot the silent color home movie on an 8mm camera from his seat in the front row. He not only captured Kennedy's and the first lady's speeches but also the arrival and welcoming of other dignitaries in extremely clear close-up shots.

The president spoke shortly before 9 p.m. in the hotel's grand ballroom.

"I'm glad to be here today," the president said in the original video.

The footage also shows the president -- all smiles -- leaving the dinner with a slew of photographers in his wake.

Botello donated the footage to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, which chronicles the assassination and legacy of President Kennedy.

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