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Storms Prompt Rescues in Colorado, Fears of More Rain in Texas

Thursday's rain in Colorado and the threat of "tropical downpours" in Texas and Oklahoma come on the heels of the wettest Mays on record for the states.

A woman trapped by rising floodwaters was rescued with a ladder truck in Colorado Springs Thursday, as more rain fell in Colorado on the heels of the wettest May ever recorded in the state.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department said it rescued two women who became trapped in a flooded intersection at around 5:40 p.m. after about an inch of rain fell on the city Thursday.

Thursday’s rain in Colorado came from a long front stretching from near the Colorado Rockies to the Great Lakes to the Front Range moves through. Flood watches were in place in southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, eastern Iowa and most of Colorado Thursday.

Meanwhile, a surge of warm, tropical air from the Gulf threatens to bring more rain and the potential for flooding to parts of Oklahoma and Texas, two states that saw devastating floods in May, said Michael Palmer, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel.

"We’ll see almost like tropical downpours," Palmer said. "The soil’s already saturated, so it won’t take much."

Flooding was also reported in Elizabeth, Colorado, on Thursday and rain fell at a pace of nearly an inch in 45 minutes near Littleton, the National Weather Service said. The rain caused rivers already swollen with mountain snowmelt to run high, and a flood watch was put in place for all of south central and southeastern Colorado, the NWS said.

In Illinois, a tornado knocked down trees and power lines when it struck near Reynolds at around 5:30 p.m., the NWS said. In Iowa, forecasters warned of rain that could fall at a rate of two inches an hour, and issued a flash flood warning for part of the state that included Cedar Rapids.