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Heavy rain, storms pound East Texas

Texas, USA
Official: 33-year-old rainfall record broken
Rains washed away a 33-YEAR-OLD ONE-DAY RAINFALL RECORD in Longview on Sunday, dumping more than 5 inches of rain on the east side of town and swelling creeks that forced all or parts of 19 roads to close. The previous record rainfall for March 30 in Longview was 2.56 inches recorded in 1965. The record rainfall was the second half of a one-two punch that began around 8:30 p.m. Saturday when an inch of hail fell in Kilgore before pushing on to Longview. Winds toppled the roof over gasoline pumps at a Kilgore convenience store. That city experienced 1.75 inches of hail Saturday night. Kilgore police reported marble-sized hail and winds reaching 70 mph Saturday night. "The hail in the storm drains would not allow the water to recede." VIEW SLIDESHOW OF STORM DAMAGE
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