SAN ANTONIO, JUNE 3 -- Rain and high water forced more evacuations in Texas today, where two people have died in two weeks of thunderstorms.
"We've had so much rain that my memory is not that good anymore about how many days it has rained," meteorologist Bill Hare said.
Several funnel clouds were reported over Galveston Bay, and a tornado was sighted on the ground in Lavaca County in south-central Texas, the National Weather Service reported. Tornado watches were issued for sections of Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and the District of Columbia.
More flood and flash-flood warnings were issued today for sections of southern and south-central Texas, where flooding has caused millions of dollars worth of damage. On the upper Lavaca River basin, 5.8 inches of rain fell at Komensky, 6 at Moulton and 6.3 inches at Shriner.
A pedestrian was killed on a rain-slick street in San Antonio, and a woman was killed in the city when her car was washed into a drainage ditch and carried about 100 yards, police said.
Meanwhile, about 300 residents of Winchester, Ind., driven from their homes by waist-deep water late Tuesday, began returning home.
"The mud and sludge is so bad that you don't want to go back into it," said Winchester (Ind.) News-Gazette assistant editor Janet Fuller. "I've lived here 40 years, and I've never seen anything like this. It's a sad feeling." Four bridges in the area were washed out, one was declared unsafe and three others were closed because of high water, authorities said.
Sections of Ohio received up to four inches of rain overnight, washing away two bridges in Hardin County in the northwestern part of the state and flooding highways, authorities said.