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Storm system brings heavy rains, warnings to Texas

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2014 at 2:58 pm •  Published: May 25, 2014

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A slow-moving storm system has turned the long holiday weekend into a soggy one for much of Texas, but it's bringing desperately needed relief to some drought-starved regions of the state.

The system is spinning slowly and bringing rain, thunder and hail to West and Central Texas, which is in the fourth year of a drought, National Weather Service meteorologist Jonathan Guseman in Lubbock said Sunday.

Midland received about two inches of rain early Saturday, and half of it fell in an hour, weather service meteorologist Rick Hluchan said. Flash-flood warnings in the Midland-Odessa area were scheduled to end Sunday afternoon.

A stretch of Interstate 10 between Fort Stockton and Ozona saw "large hail, golf-ball-sized and even baseball-sized ones, there's even been flash flooding. It's been a crazy day," Hluchan said.

Vance McMorries farms about 4,500 acres in the Midland-Odessa area, and said Sunday that he's measured about two inches of rain in the past two days.

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