Funnel clouds and twisters swept through Nebraska and Colorado on Monday as several other states in the country's mid-section — including flood-battered Texas — prepared for potentially powerful wind gusts, hail and heavy rain.
The forecast came after a "siege of severe thunderstorms," as The Weather Channel described it, washed out bridges, swamped homes and left at least eight people dead in Texas since Friday.
Rescue workers found the eighth victim, a woman in her 30s, Monday night in Barton Springs, Texas, the Austin-Travis County Emergency Management Service said. She was reported to have been seen entering a water-choked tunnel but never came out, the agency said.
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Earlier Monday, a 16 year-old boy working with a church cleanup crew in Brenham, northwest of Houston, was killed when a pine tree limb that had broken during the recent round of storms fell on him, authorities said.