Texas is under threat from a major storm system, which is pouring heavy rain over the state. Flash flooding and hail have resulted in water rising up to four feet above cars, stranding them in garages and roads. Two people were killed after the storm hit Ruston, Louisiana.
Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker confirmed the deaths, talking to the Louisiana-based News-Star newspaper.
He said: “The situation is bad, real bad.
“We took a direct hit.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone said fatalities occurred in a home near the Interstate 20 motorway.
He said: ”I’ve never seen it this bad in my 43 years.
“It’s tragic, and it’s going to be a while before we can get all this cleaned up.”
The tornado has now subsided in Ruston, and residents of Union County believe another tornado brought down trees.
One Marion resident was trapped inside their home after a tree fell outside their property.
A tornado warning was initiated by the National Weather Service (NWS) on April 24 for Central Texas.
Officials expected the severe weather to impact George West, Lake Bryan, Wixon Valley, Mooring, Madisonville, Normangee and Midway areas.
The same chain of storms caused severe flooding in Texas on Wednesday this week.
Cars were stranded in an airport garage under four feet of water, and a woman and her two children were killed after their family car was caught in flood waters outside Fort Worth.
Tornado HQ said: “For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.
“Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm and may lead to flash flooding.
“Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.
“Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.”