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2 people missing in Austin floods as storms sweep Texas

Severe Weather

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Five people were rescued from the roof of a home by helicopter and two more are missing after torrential rain caused floods that closed roads and prompted evacuations in the Austin area.

Travis County Emergency Services spokeswoman Lisa Block said Friday that up to 9 inches of rain fell in parts of the county overnight.

Block says residents in one neighborhood were asked to evacuate their homes, while those in another neighborhood were advised to shelter in place.

She says waters have receded in the area where the two people are missing from their vehicle and that officials are hopeful they are safe.

Heavy rain also hit Houston, where some schools are closed or have delayed start times.

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