A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for Lee County until 7pm Sunday, Milam, Robertson, Leon Counties until 12am Monday and Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Houston, Madison, Montgomery,San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller, and Washington Counties until 12am Tuesday. A TORNADO WATCH has been issued for Lee county until 3am Sunday and for Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Milam, Robertson, Waller, and Washington counties until 4am Sunday. Widespread 2" to 4" rain accumulations are possible through Monday, with localized 8" to 11" possible.
Officials say nine people have been hurt in a chemical tank leak that restricted outdoor activities in a Southeast Texas city for hours.
Emergency authorities in Texas City lifted the shelter-in-place order shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday in a storage tank spill involving hydrochloric acid.
Homeland Security coordinator Bruce Clawson says four firefighters and five workers at the Dallas Group of America Inc. unit were transported to a hospital. Clawson says all have injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Clawson says a storage tank leaked around 11 p.m. Wednesday. A shelter-in-place order for the city of 45,000 was issued shortly before midnight. People were advised to stay inside, turn off air conditioning and keep windows and doors closed.
Officials with the Dallas Group didn't immediately return a message Thursday.
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