Among the latest casualties as Texas endures stunning amounts of rain: Homecoming queen Alyssa Ramirez, who spent Saturday night dancing at her prom. While driving home in Devine, Texas, on Sunday, Ramirez's car stalled in high water and the cheerleader and star athlete was swept away by flood waters, NBC News reports. "She called 911. She called her father, but it was just too much and too quick," the teen's aunt says. Her body was found a short distance from the road. Days before she died, Ramirez posted this quote online: "Even though it is never pleasant to experience hardship, it teaches us to persevere and to cling to God. He will never desert us." More on the flooding:
- Flash-flood watches and warnings have been issued in eight states as 30 million Americans are bracing for thunderstorms that could bring flooding, hail, and even tornadoes as far north as Chicago and Milwaukee, NBC News reports. Some 19 tornadoes were reported in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi yesterday.
- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in 24 counties, including Houston. He flew over areas south of Austin to assess damage yesterday and tells Reuters, "This is the biggest flood this area of Texas has ever seen." He said the storm was "a relentless wall of water that mowed down huge trees like they were grass."