Pictures of the Big Piney River yesterday afternoon before waters started to recede. The top photo is at Dog's Bluff access west of Houston. Below: The river northeast of Dog's Bluff.

New at 5:19 p.m. The National Weather Services say a continuation of water runoff is keeping Texas County under a flood advisory until noon Sunday.

It said area agencies reported that water continues to recede… but ponding of water remains on a few low lying roads and low water crossings. A slow improvement is expected over the next 24 hours as area creeks and rivers continue to recede, it said.

Earlier: Texas County remains under a flood warning Friday as residents enjoy sunny skies.

Streams and rivers – which roared out of their banks Thursday – declined significantly overnight.

What a difference a day makes: Early yesterday morning, waterways were out of control, a water rescue was under way at Tony Hogan access on the Big Piney River and tornado sirens sounded.

Houston’s storm shelter opened after the National Weather Service issued a warning for southern Texas County. There were no reports of funnels in the county.

At the same time, structures were hit by lightning, sending fire trucks rolling. Damage was reported significant at one location, New Concepts Hair Salons. It was relocated to South Grand Avenue.

For weary township road maintenance workers it is a repeat of heavy rains last month that caused damage.

Updated at 4:57 p.m. Heavy rains complicated by already soggy grounds sent streams out of their banks on Thursday, closing some highways in the county.

The National Weather Service said another round of storms is expected later in the day. Texas County is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m.

The precipitation comes after the Houston area received about 12 inches in March.

The potential for southwest Missouri getting hit by a second punch of storms later today depends on whether cloud cover will break, allowing the formation of supercell thunderstorms capable of unleashing tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

If skies clear and temperatures rise, that could combine with upper level shear to promote supercell development at the front of a cold front that’s approaching the region, forecaster Steve Runnels said after the first round of heavy rains and storms ended this morning.

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