Severe Thunderstorms Roll Through Austin
Update: The National Weather Service will be out in Burnet County today to investigate reports of a possible tornado. There are reports of damage in Briggs – which is off of U.S. 183 between Leander and Lampasas.
Last night’s storms brought high winds, hail and heavy rain in some places. Here are some of the highest 24-hour rain totals:
- Downtown Austin: 2.54
- Marble Falls: 2.34
- Burnet: 1.58
- Manchaca: 1.52
- Elgin: 0.98
- Dripping Springs: 0.47
- San Marcos: 0.39
- Round Rock: 0.36
The latest update from Austin Energy says that about 3,500 customers are without power. That’s down from as many as 8,000 earlier this morning.
The utility says 12 restoration crews are out trying to get the lights back on and seven other crews are focused on cleaning up and clearing tree limbs from power lines.
Original Story (10:47 p.m.): The Austin area is seeing heavy rain and strong winds from a series of storms moving in from the Hill Country.
A tornado watch is in effect for much of Central Texas through midnight tonight. The National Weather Service has also issued a flood advisory for western Travis and Williamson counties and parts of Llano, Blanco, Hays and Burnet counties through midnight.
Several low water crossings northeast of Austin are closed due to flooding.
A tornado was reported to have touched down in Burnet county earlier in the night, damaging several homes.