30,000 powerless Austin Energy customers; flood warning until 11 p.m.

30,000 Austin Energy customers without power

Austin Energy at 8 p.m. updated its tally of customers who lost power in a surge of severe thunderstorms early Friday night to 30,000.

A flood advisory was in effect for west-central Bastrop County, north-central Caldwell County and southeast Travis County until 11 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service said.

Doppler radar at 7:48 p.m. showed thunderstorms producing heavy rain that were causing or were likely to cause minor flooding in the advisory area. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain has already fallen and another 1 to 2 inches is expected.

Tornado warning, possible twister spotted

A tornado warning for southeast Bastrop County and southwest Fayette County was in effect until 8:15 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service said.

Doppler radar at 7.44 p.m. showed a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado 13 miles south of Bastrop near Rosanky. The storm was moving east at 30 mph and generated ping-pong-sized hail.

Radar images indicated the rotation of a tornado, the weather service said.

Forecasters warned residents of the area about the flying debris, which could be dangerous for anyone taken homeless.

“Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Roofs, windows and vehicles will be damaged,” the weather service said in a bulletin. “Tree damage is likely.”

26,000 Austin Energy customers without power

At 7:35 p.m. on Friday, the Austin electrical utility reported dozens of outages that affected at least 26,000 customers.

Austin Energy was responding to 69 outages across the city’s central core that left 5,404 without power. Eight other outages spread across southeast Austin affected 3,479 customers. In North Austin, 12,369 customers lost power in 31 outages. An outage centered around Circuit of the Americas in southeast Travis County affected 1,059 customers.

To view the outage map, visit outagemap.austinenergy.com. Customers can report outages to 512-322-9100 or use the text option.

Extended severe storm warning, widened

The severe thunderstorm warning issued for the Austin area was extended until 8 p.m. Friday and extended to southeast Williamson County, central Caldwell County, east-central Hays County, in Travis and Bastrop counties, the National Weather Service said.

Doppler radar at 7:01 p.m. showed a line of thunderstorms stretching from Round Rock in Austin to Onion Creek in southeast Travis County. The storms were moving east at 30 mph and were capable of producing 60 mph wind gusts and hail as big as quarters, forecasters said.

“Expect hail damage to roofs, siding, windows and vehicles,” forecasters said in a bulletin. “Expect considerable damage to trees. Wind damage is also likely to affect mobile homes, roofs and outbuildings.”

The weather service was receiving a flurry of reports Friday night that described:

• Penny-sized hail at Point Venture and Lakeway near Lake Travis

• Gust of 60 mph at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

• Trees felled near Leander High School in the midst of straight line winds

• Hail the size of a tennis ball in Jarrell

Austin area flood advisory

The National Weather Service issued an urban flood and small stream advisory for Travis County and southwest Williamson County until 9:45 p.m. Friday.

Doppler radar at 6:46 p.m. showed thunderstorms producing heavy rain that could cause streams and urban streams to overflow. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain fell, the weather service said.

“Additional amounts of rain of 1 to 3 inches are expected over the area,” forecasters said in a bulletin. “This additional rain will result in minor flooding.”

Rain gauges monitored by the Lower Colorado River Authority tracked heavy rains in the area. A gauge near Spicewood, west of Austin, recorded 2.24 inches in 15 minutes.

Severe storm warning for Austin

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 7:15 p.m. for the Austin area, including Williamson and Travis counties, the National Weather Service has said.

Doppler radar at 6:28 p.m. showed a line of severe storms from Liberty Hill in southern Williamson County to Lago Vista on the north shore of Lake Travis.

The storms were moving southeast at 30 mph and were capable of producing tennis ball-sized hail and gusts of 70 mph wind, the weather service said.

“Expect hail damage to roofs, siding, windows and vehicles,” forecasters said in a bulletin. “Expect considerable damage to trees. Wind damage is also likely to affect mobile homes, roofs and outbuildings.”

The weather service is warning residents of the affected area to move to an indoor room on the lowest level of a building to wait for any severe storm to end.


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