Texas Storms

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A strong line of storms brought flash flooding, power outages and wind damage to parts of the state.

Four people were treated for minor injuries and released yesterday after a flood rescue in the small town of Hewitt, south of Waco.

Fire Chief Glen Arthur says some boys were trying to help the driver of a car that was swept off the town's main drag and into a drainage ditch.

One of the teens was sucked into a 70-foot-long drain pipe and spat out on the other side of the road. Firefighters had to pry the other teen out from under the car.

Arthur said the teenagers, the unidentified driver and a firefighter were briefly hospitalized. There were no immediate reports of other injuries from the storms.

Authorities say a tornado west of Florence in Williamson County damaged a house and tore off a barn roof.

Strong winds pulled a makeshift roof from atop a mobile home in Cotulla and knocked out power in some areas of Cotulla and Laredo.

Ping-pong-ball-sized hail smashed windows in Kerrville.

The National Weather Service reported rains falling almost as heavy as one inch in 15 minutes around Houston.