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Storm floods parts of Texas, moves east with drenching rain

Oct. 31, 2013 at 10:21 PM

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A storm moved east late Thursday after bringing more than a foot of rain to parts of central Texas and killing at least one person in the Austin area.

Indianapolis got at least 1.4 inches of rain for the wettest Halloween ever recorded, the Indianapolis Star reported. The storm was expected to hit the northeast Friday.

In Texas, the rainfall that began Wednesday sent creeks over their banks, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Police officers, sheriff's deputies and game wardens alerted residents of some areas to evacuate and rescued the stranded.

A man's body was discovered in Onion Creek south of Austin in mid-afternoon. Police said the unidentified man, who appeared to be in his 50s or 60s, had probably been swept downstream.

In Indianapolis, most Halloween events were postponed until Friday even before the storm hit because of the forecast, the Star said.

In Texas, the water had begun to recede in much of the area Thursday afternoon, the American-Statesman said. Some people were stranded by the water and had to be rescued from cars or trees, NBC reported.

Forecasters warned the storm could cause problems Friday across a large part of the northeast from Philadelphia to Maine.

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