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3:06 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Severe Thunderstorm and Flash Flood Watch for Central Texas

A flash flood watch is expected at 6 p.m. for Central Texas.
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Update: Austin and Central Texas are now under a severe thunderstorm watch. The region has already had a couple of tornado warnings today around San Antonio. But there's still the chance of damaging storms in Austin through the early part of the evening.

"Right now the Austin area remains under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 o'clock tonight, which is mainly for the possibility of large hail and damaging winds,” says Bob Rose, chief meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority. “But sometimes you can get tornadoes even under a severe thunderstorm watch as well. So it's not totally out of the question because this is a very dynamic system."

Rose says some parts of Central Texas could get up to six inches of rain by tomorrow.

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Weather
4:44 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Flash Flood, Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Central Texas

A flash flood watch is in effect tonight through tomorrow afternoon for much of Central Texas. Heavy rain is expected –  with totals as high as five inches in some areas.

The National Weather Service writes:

Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will continue through the overnight hours. Some of these storms could become severe, with large hail and damaging winds. Expect lows to be in the mid-60s to low 70s. Winds will start out at southeast, 10 to 15 mph, but will become east to northeast, at about 5 to 10 mph.

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AM Update
7:42 am
Mon May 7, 2012

AM Update: Central Texas Flood Watch, Sheriff Race Centers on Immigration, Lege Revisits Medicaid

South-Central Texas can expect storms in the area, beginning Monday night until Tuesday afternoon.
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South-Central Texas Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for South-Central Texas, beginning today and lasting into Tuesday evening.

The flash flood impact should be highest overnight tonight into Tuesday morning. According to the advisory, average rainfall is estimated between one and two inches, with higher totals reaching into three to five inches.

“A flash flood watch is in effect for Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon for the area North and West and I-35 and HWY 90. There is a chance for locally heavy rain and flash flooding Thursday and Friday. Otherwise no hazardous weather is expected at this time.”

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Weather
4:29 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Severe Weather Possibility This Weekend

The National Weather Service says "strong thunderstorms with locally heavy rain" may hit by Sunday.
Photo courtesy National Weather Service

The weird weather systems that produced hail by the foot in the Texas Panhandle this week is hanging around. And while Austin isn’t expected to bear  the brunt of severe weather, it still could make for a wet weekend.

The National Weather Service writes that a tornado outbreak is likely across the nation’s midsection this weekend. A technical version of its forecast can be found here, but on its Facebook page, NWS writes:

The Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a high risk of severe weather, including strong tornadoes, over Kansas and Oklahoma on Saturday evening into the overnight hours. The overall risk area includes Nebraska, much of Iowa, western Illinois, northwest Missouri, and northern Texas.

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Environment
10:14 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Will the Amarillo Hail Storm Continue?

This incredible photo of hail north of Amarillo has generates lots of talk online.
Photo courtesy National Weather Service

A freak storm dumped a whopping four feet of hail on part of North Amarillo this week, says the National Weather Service.

KUT News’ StateImpact Texas project noted the strange occurrence, news of which proliferated across Facebook thanks to an incredible photo the National Weather Service office in Amarillo shared: an area firefighter standing next to a makeshift retaining wall filled to the brim with hailstones.

StateImpact Texas writes:

In an interview with MSNBC, Krissy Scotten, a spokeswoman for the National Weather Service in Amarillo, denied that the photo just showed ice on top of rocks, as some skeptics asserted after seeing it. “I can assure you we do not have big rocks like that in West Texas,” she told MSNBC. She said the four feet of ice was caused by a lot of rain and water. “Anytime you have hail accumulate 2 to 4 feet high and get over three inches of rain, no matter how it occurs, it’s pretty incredible,” she told the news site. 

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Weather
12:35 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Severe Storms Possible for Austin

The National Weather Service predicts the possibility of strong thunderstorms this afternoon.
Image courtesy NWS

There’s a chance of severe thunderstorms in the area this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Battling it out with high temperatures, storms could bring hail and damaging winds, and the NWS says as much as two inches of rain could fall per hour. Further away from the city, parts of the Austin/San Antonio region could also see golf ball size hail. 

Severe Weather
10:55 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Flash Flood Watch Over for Travis County

Milder weather is on tap following intense storms this morning.
Image courtesy National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has called off a flash flood watch for Travis County, originally in effect until noon. 

In its forecast for the region, NWS writes

AM Update
9:34 am
Tue March 20, 2012

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A nationwide image shows storms battering Austin moving east.
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Caution Urged in Storm’s Aftermath

Storms pummeled the Austin area overnight. Mayor Lee Leffingwell has issued a statement “calling on Central Texans to be cautious and patient after storms moved through our city last night:”

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Severe Weather
8:30 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Central Texas Extreme Weather: Closures, Power Outages and More

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Extreme weather hit Austin overnight, creating several road closures and power outages. Here's what you need to know. 

Street Closures: 

Several closures are in effect, as listed by the  City of Austin Homeland Security and Emergency Management. We’ve mapped them above. 

Update (11:35 am): Austin street closures have changed, which we've reflected in the map and the list below.

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Severe Weather
8:23 am
Tue March 20, 2012

LCRA Opens Two Floodgates

Starcke Dam, in Marble Falls.
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Significant rain fall in Central Texas forced the overnight opening of flood gates on two dams in the Highland Lakes.

“Flood gates are still open on Wirtz and Starcke Dams," says Lower Colorado River Authority spokesperson Clara Tuma. "And we need to emphasize that there is a lot of swift moving water moving through the lakes down to Lake Travis. So people need to take precautions to protect people and property that might be affected by that water."

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Severe Weather
7:56 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Flash Flood Warning Expiring; Watch in Place Until Noon

A flash flood watch is in effect for several more hours this morning.
Image courtesy National Weather Service

The National Weather Service’s flash flood warning, in place for Travis, Hays and Willimason County, is on course to expire at 8 a.m.:

AT 509 AM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS HAVE DETERMINED THAT RAINFALL ESTIMATES FROM DOPPLER RADAR INDICATE  FLASH FLOODING ACROSS THE I35 CORRIDOR FROM NEW BRAUNFELS TO THE  AUSTIN AND GEORGETOWN AREAS. ADDITIONAL RAINS OF ONE HALF INCH OVER AREAS THAT HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED HEAVY RAINFALL OVERNIGHT WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP FLOODING PROBLEMS ONGOING.

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Severe Weather
7:12 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Road Closures in Hays, Williamson County

Today's forecast predicts rain through the AM commute.
Image courtesy National Weather Service

With flash flood watches and warnings for most of Central Texas, Austin’s Hill Country neighbors are also experiencing weather-related woes.

Hays County:

Several road closures are in effect in Kyle, Wimberley, Driftwood and Dripping Springs.

KYLE-  

BUNTON LN @ BUNTON CREEK

S. PLUM CREEK @ LOW WATER CROSSING

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Severe Weather
7:53 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Flash Flood, Tornado Watch for Travis County

Travis County and much of the Hill Country is under a flash flood watch.
Image courtesy National Weather Service

Prepare for extreme weather beginning this evening and lasting through Tuesday morning's rush hour commute.

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AM Update
8:45 am
Mon March 19, 2012

AM Update: Texas' Middling Corruption Grade, Sidewalk Cafe for Congress Ave., Flash Flood Warning

Texas doesn't make it easy to follow the money, according to a study on corruption safeguards.
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Texas Gets a Low Grade in Corruption Protection

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weather
8:51 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Just How Hot Will It Get Today?

The National Weather Service predicts a hot day for Austin.
Image courtesy National Weather Service

We know the old adage about Texas weather: If you don't like it, just wait five minutes. 

But yesterday's unseasonably high February temperatures still came as a surprise to many Austinites, and more warmth is on the way today. 

The National Weather Service says the regional warming streak will continue. It predicts "partly sunny and unseasonably warm" weather and says "highs will be in the 80s" today. "Normal high temperatures for this time of year are generally in the 60s," the NWS notes. 

That said, today’s heat won’t last. NWS forecasts a cold front hitting the Hill Country this evening, with lows in the 40s and a cool, mild weekend. Guess there’s something to that old adage after all. 

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