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      Houston flooding leaves thousands without power, stranded

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      Thousands of people and at least five schools have lost power in Houston and some city roads have flooded after powerful thunderstorms prompted tornado warnings and dropped hail and several inches of rain.

      The storm and tornado warnings ended early Monday, but more rain is expected in Houston. The city has already increased its readiness level to be prepared for flooding-related evacuations.

      Many city streets are already flooded. Some drivers got caught in rising water.

      Centerpoint Energy reported outages affecting about 19,600 customers. The Houston Independent School District says five of its campuses lost power.

      The Dallas-Fort Worth area and parts of West Texas also got drenched Monday.

      The widespread soaking comes as Texas contends with one of the worst droughts on record.