- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - Rainstorms moving east across the state have brought heavy rainfall to parts of Central Texas, flash flood warnings to the Houston area and a lightning strike that ignited an oil tank fire.

The remnants of Hurricane Odile brought up to 3 inches of rain to the Austin area along with isolated flooding. A flash flood warning was issued Wednesday for Brazoria, Galveston and Harris counties, with the National Weather Service issuing a flood watch into Thursday.

The Harris County Flood Control District says rainfall exceeded 1.5 inches in just 15 minutes. Police say flooding and weather-related accidents have closed some sections of highway in the Houston area.

Emergency personnel in Baytown were working to contain the crude oil fire at a storage tank. There were no reports of injuries.

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