AUSTIN (KXAN) - The skies over Central Texas opened wide early Friday afternoon, pelting the drought-parched region with up to 8 inches of rain in some places and closing some streets where water crossed over them.
The busy intersection of Brodie Lane and Slaughter Road was closed around 2:30 p.m. Lamar Boulevard just west of Downtown Austin in the 10th street area was flooding at 2 p.m. and Old Bee Cave Road in Southwest Travis County was among the first streets to be shut down, Austin city officials said. West of the Y intersection in West Austin, water was washing over Joe Tanner Road.
The much needed rain in the region forced the delay or cancelation of dozens of flights at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. And at least one area high school football game -- Lake Travis at A&M Consolidated in College Station -- was canceled. It could also affect racing events at the Circuit of The Americas track in Elroy.
Nearly eight inches of rain bathed parts of the Hill Country before noon as part of a storm system moving across Central Texas that could finally bring some relief to the drought-stricken Highland Lakes.
Flooding was reported along the Pedernales River, which joins with the Colorado to help feed Lake Travis. The are part of a steam of moisture rolling over Texas from what was Hurricane Manuel in northern Mexico.
Also, the first cold front of the season is pushing through the state, setting the stage for heavy rain and flash flooding.
At ABIA, about 20 flights were on schedule to depart at a later time on Friday afternoon. There were also about 25 flights scheduled to arrive at a later time.
Many of the delays are due to the heavy downpours in Central Texas.
The heavy rains have also prompted Travis and Williamson counties to lift their burn bans.
The weather was affected by Hurricane Manuel weakening to a tropical depression early Friday, but regardless of the loss of intensity, the storm system is now spreading its energy and deep moisture across Texas and producing widespread, and at times, heavy rain.
Flooding rain is already falling over a large part of North and West Texas, with scattered showers locally, but very heavy downpours with rain rates of up to 2 inches per hour are forecast in Central Texas Friday and Friday night as the cold front to our north slowly sinks southward.
- Smithville: 3.57"
- Elgin: 2.19"
- Bertram: 3.60"
- Bull Creek: 1.91"
- Willow City: 2.59"
- Spicewood: 3"
- Camp Mabry: 2.29"
- Lakeway: 3.22"
- Mason: 3.02"
- Fredricksburg: 1.02"
- Driftwood: 3.12"
- Pflugerville: 3.64"
- Blanco: 1.32"
- Marble Falls: 2.49"
- Llano: 2.32"
- Full list of totals for each area in the LCRA's jurisdiction
The LCRA's interactive rainfall map
Meanwhile, an area of low pressure developing in the Bay of Campeche is heading towards the Texas coast - our second contributor of deep, tropical moisture.
The National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center is forecasting rainfall totals of 3-4 inches over a large part of Central Texas, with some isolated 5 inch totals northeast of Travis and Williamson counties.
The rain slowed traffic for Austin's morning rush. See the video above for how it looked behind the wheel.
KXAN's exclusive high-resolution model is agreeing with widespread totals of 2-4 inches with isolated totals over 8 inches possible.
Over six inches of rain has already fallen in parts of Gillespie County in the Hill Country in the last 24 hours, and rain will only intensify throughout the day as the cold front approaches.
In past years, tropical moisture combining with a passing cold front has led to dangerous flash flooding events. Remember - less than 12 inches of swiftly-moving water can sweep even a large vehicle off the road.
KXAN reporters Josh Hinkle, Omar Lewis, Phill Robb and Heather Gillett contributed to this report.
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