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Severe Weather in Texas: 1998

Severe weather in Texas can be categorized by two factors: loss of life and the cost of damage estimating over $1 million. The following events were included because they caused an extensive amount of destruction and in some cases, fatalities were also a result of the severe weather.

March–May, 1998: According to the Climate Prediction Center, this three-month period ranks as the seventh driest for a region including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. May 1998 was ranked as both the warmest and the driest May in this region, up to that time.

Aug. 22–25, 1998: Tropical Storm Charley brought torrential rains and flash floods to the Hill Country. Thirteen people lost their lives and more than 200 were injured.

Oct. 17–19, 1998: Rainstorm. Hill Country. A massive, devastating flood set all-time records for rainfall and river levels, resulted in the deaths of 25 people, injured more than 2,000 others, and caused more than $500 million damage from the Hill Country to the counties south and east of San Antonio.

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