The Latest on severe weather moving through the southern Plains (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a damaging storm that struck a mobile home park in a small North Texas town was a tornado.

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, the weather service says its survey team determined that an EF-1-rated tornado struck Jack's Mobile Home Park in the town of Tolar (TOH'-lahr) about 7:30 a.m.

Tolar Fire Chief Matt Hutsell says two people were injured when their mobile home was smashed.

A tornado rated as EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale has winds of 73 to 112 mph and can cause moderate damage.

Tolar is home to about 680 people and is about 45 miles southwest of Fort Worth.


1:40 p.m.

The National Weather Service is warning that bands of torrential rain moving through Oklahoma could cause rivers in the region to flood and overflow their banks.

The weather service issued a flood advisory Tuesday for the massive Illinois River near Tahlequah in eastern Oklahoma, cautioning that the rains could cause the river to rise to 10.9 feet by Friday. Flood stage on the river is 11 feet.

The Poteau River, near the town of Panama, runs through Arkansas and Oklahoma and is also a concern for potential flooding. Flood stage for the river is 29 feet, and the rains are expected to cause the river to reach 32.7 feet by Thursday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Pete Snyder says the storm system "is somewhat meandering," producing the chance for more rain through the rest of the week.


10:10 a.m.

Authorities near Houston say they've recovered the body of a 22-year-old man whose canoe capsized as a strong storm moved into the area.

Dickinson police spokesman Tim Cromie said in a statement Tuesday that Francisco Ruben Garza, of Hidalgo, was canoeing Monday evening with another man in Dickinson Bayou, southeast of Houston near Galveston Bay.

He says the men were fishing as a strong storm system moved into the region. The other man was wearing a life vest and swam to shore to summon help. Garza was not wearing a vest.

Forecasts call for up to 10 inches of rain in the Houston area, and the National Weather Service says up to 12 inches could fall in East Texas, western parts of Louisiana and parts of Arkansas.

— This report has been corrected to reflect that the men were in a canoe, not a kayak.


9:30 a.m.

Emergency personnel have waded through thigh-deep water to rescue children from a school bus caught on a flooded North Texas road.

The Denton Independent School District bus was in water as high as the wheel hubs during Tuesday morning's rescue.

Parts of the region received heavy rain Monday night, leading to day-after flooding along some roads.

KXAS-TV ( reports that the bus got trapped near Aubrey, about 40 miles northwest of Dallas.

Rescuers walked through the water to reach the school bus, which had the back door open to allow children out. The children were carried to safety.

District officials didn't immediately return messages Tuesday.

Forecasters predict a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the Dallas-Fort Worth area through Thursday.