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Heavy rain hits ETX, authorities advise caution on roadways

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Thursday's weather affected many East Texas drivers, as well as people traveling through the area.

Big drops of rain pelted drivers' windshields. Flash-flooding made driving difficult all over East Texas. Some people drove with flashers on because it was difficult to see, while others simply had to turn around. Some vehicles had problems with hydroplaning on slick, wet roads.

"I got on the road, thinking I could get through the little cell that was on the radar and I got to Highway 110 and had to pull over because I couldn't see," says Carla Moncrief of Dallas. "I turned around and came back east to avoid the little red cell."

Many other drivers had the same idea, taking refuge at local gas stations. One family stood inside a nearby restaurant for several minutes before deciding to make a run for their car. Some stood outside to watch the dark clouds slowly move over the area. 

Moncrief told fellow drivers to be careful and stay dry. Authorities remind everyone to drive more slowly in wet weather, to avoid accidents.

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