Friday weather timeline: Flooding, water rescues happening across Central Texas

Dripping Springs restaurant owner shocked by flooding of his business

FAYETTE COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Two tornadoes touched down in Fayette County Friday, causing damage in the area, according to reports. 

12:23 a.m. Saturday

ATCEMS has confirmed that all-in-all they responded to 18 water rescue incidents. No serious injuries or patient transports were rerported.

12:17 a.m. Saturday

Hays County Emergency Management confirms that STARFlight conducted some rescues along 150. All are accounted for. 

12:14 a.m. Saturday

Water rescue at 11800-12119 Old San Antonio Road: Both victims are out of the water with no injuries. 

12:04 a.m. Saturday

Water rescue at 11800-12119 Old San Antonio Road: Reports of two confirmed adult victims in the water holding onto tree limbs. Rescue being attempted. 

11:54 p.m.

Water rescue at 11800-12119 Old San Antonio Road: Reports of two people on top of vehicle and holding onto a tree limb.

11:48 p.m.

Water rescue at at 4600-5721 N. Dunlap Road: initial reports of a vehicle stuck in a low-water crossing. Victims were quickly obtained and escorted away. Rescue cancelled. 

11:33 p.m.

The Red Cross says they haven’t yet been asked to help with evacuees of FM 969. 

11:25 p.m.

ATCEMS Commander Mike Benavidez says flooding on FM 969 is especially bad because of its lower elevation. Benavidez can’t confirm where the 34 evacuees — who were all at a party at a trailer park — were taken but there were no injuries. The most common thing evaluated and treated was a bit of hypothermia and minor scrapes and bumps.

10:37 p.m.

Water rescue at FM 969/Cadillac Drive update: All four victims have been escorted out of the water. Rescuers will be clearing shortly. No injuries reported.

10:32 p.m.

Due to flooding conditions, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department is closing the Barton Creek Greenbelt, the Ann & Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trial, and Barton Springs Pool until further notice.

10:22 p.m.

Water rescue on FM 969/Cadillac Drive update: Unconfirmed information suggesting there is a second vehicle stranded in the same area occupied with four victims on the roof of a vehicle. Rescuers will be moving in shortly.

Hays County says that reports of Dripping Spring evacuations are false and there were no evacuations. One apartment complex was contacted because of a flooded parking lot. One person was removed from the complex due to a medical issue. No one else left the complex.

10:16 p.m.

Water rescue at FM 969 Road/Cadillac Drive: Report of a fully submerged vehicle, uknown if any occupants inside the vehicle. 

10:07 p.m.

Water rescue 9700-10925 at Bitting School Road update: Victim has been hoisted from the incident via STARFlight and is safe inside the aircraft. Victim is uninjured and will be dropped off by to ground crews.

10:05 p.m.

LCRA: One floodgate remains open at Tom Miller Dam. LCRA is continuing to closely monitor rainfall and inflows and is ready to open additional floodgates, if necessary.

Barton Springs Pool announced it will be closed until further notice.

9:59 p.m.

Water rescue 9700-10925 Bitting School Road update: STARFlight overhead with victim in sight. Deploying recuse swimmer for hoist extraction.

9:47 p.m. 

Water rescue at 9700-10925 Bitting School Road update: Rescuers no longer in phone contact with caller, crews are on-scene and attempting to access the patient. STARFlight will be overhead shortly. 

Water rescue at FM 969 update: Occupants of vehicle were escorted away. ATCEMS is still on-scene assisting the 34 victims of the flooding in that area that were evacuated earlier in the night.

9:45 p.m.

TxDOT reported State Highway 71 has reopened near US 183.

9:40 p.m.

Water rescue 9700-10925 Bitting School Road: Rescuers are attempting to respond but are blocked by multiple roads that are impassable due to flooding. Caller reporting rising water. STARFlight will be responding.

9:38 p.m.

Flooding and thunderstorms in Bastrop 

9:28 p.m.

ATCEMS has responded to 14 water rescue calls and two are still active. Although heaviest rains seem to be departing the area, rain continues as well as runoff from the rains.

Water rescue at 9700-10925 Bitting School Road near Elgin: Reported female patient stuck in her vehicle in water. 

9:22 p.m.

122 low water crossings are closed.

ATCEMS reporting water rescue of trailer homes at FM 969, about 20 people are being evacuated from the area. No injuries are reported. Another incident involving a vehicle is still ongoing. 

9:15 p.m.

Flash flood warning for Hays and Travis counties extended until 11 p.m. 

Elgin Police report no damage from winds but lots of road closures because of flooding. 

9:12 p.m.

Tornado warning issued for Lee County.

8:58 p.m.

National Weather Service reports rapid rises observed on Williamson Creek at Oak Hill in Travis County. 

Water rescue at 2631-2644 Barton Hills Drive update: Rescuers have gotten to the only patient and are walking her to safety. Patient not in need of medical care. 

8:43 p.m.

TxDOT reported that U.S. 71 is shut down between ABIA and US 183 due to high water. Crews working to improve drainage. 

Water rescue at 2631-2644 Barton Hills Drive update: Rescuers reporting that water in the area is rising and flowing at an increasing rate. Two possible patients. 

8:37 p.m.

Bluebonnet Electric crews are responding to a large outage affecting 1,365 members near Camp Swift in Bastrop Co., north of Lake Bastrop. 

Water rescue at 18012-18911 FM 969: Bystanders confirming two occupants inside the vehicle “actively taking on water.” 

8:34 p.m.

Water rescue at 18012-18911 FM 969: Confirmed reports of a vehicle stuck in moving water with 1 occupant in the vehicle.

Water rescue at 2631-Barton Hills Drive update: Rescuers in the area attempting to locate the patient. Patient says that she sees the rescuers lights and they have voice contact. Reports of fast moving water in the area. Attempting to access from other side.

8:30 p.m.

Water rescue at Old San Antonio Road: Reports of 2-3 occupants in a vehicle stranded in moving water. Occupants were able to escape immediately and the rescue was cancelled.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport: Eleven planes diverted from Houston because of weather. Airlines making adjustments.

8:25 p.m.

Bee Cave Road shut down just west of MoPac.

Water rescue at Barton Hill Drive: Rescue at 2631-2644 Barton Hills Drive, reports of person walking in Barton Creek who is surrounded by water and unable to get out.

8:17 p.m.

Water rescue at FM 969/Burleson Manor Road: Reports of a family trapped inside of a trailer home requesting assistance. 

8:07 p.m.

8 p.m.

Tornado warning issued for northern Bastrop County near Elgin.

Water rescue at 4600 Convict Hill Road has been cleared. No occupants found.

Lightning strike in Williamson County.

7:58 p.m.

MetroRail tweeted that flooding over the tracks has caused service disruptions between Highland and Downtown stations. 

7:50 p.m.

Water rescue at 4600 Convict Hill Road. Report of a vehicle stranded in rising water with multiple occupants inside.

The 1975 concert scheduled for tonight at the Austin360 Amphitheater has been postponed. 

7:45 p.m. 

Dripping Springs: An apartment complex is being evacuated for flooding on lower level of the building. There’s no exact location known at this time. More evacuations are expected. There has been 6″ of rain so far in the area. 

7:36 p.m.

Rescue crews are reporting to 8100-8117 East Ben White Blvd., where a vehicle is in water with children possibly inside. 

CapMetro tweeted that Route 30 is detoured around flooding on Bee Caves Road. Riders should expect heavy delays. 

Water rescue at Johnny Morris Road/Breezy Hill Drive: Incident is being cleared, ATCEMS on-scene advising they have accessed the victim and have cleared the vehicle. 

7:33 p.m. 

Water rescue at 6300-6517 Sanderson Avenue: No rescue assets needed, incident is being cleared. 

7:29 p.m.

Water rescue at 8509 FM 969: victim able to escape her vehicle and is out of the water. Incident is closed.

LCRA reports it has begun flood operations at Tom Miller Dam in response to heavy rainfall and rising water levels on Lake Austin.

7:26 p.m.


Due to flooding over the tracks, buses will replace rail service between Downtown and MLK Stations at this time.

— Capital Metro (@CapMetroATX) May 4, 2019 ” target=”_blank”>tweeted that buses will replace rail service between Downtown and MLK stations due to flooding over the tracks.

7:20 p.m.

Crews are responding to a water rescue at 6300-6517 Sanderson Avenue. Report of a vehicle stuck in water. 

Rescue crews are reporting to 4700 Great Divide Drive, a vehicle is reported as stuck in a creek. Occupants are out of the vehicle and responders are clearing the scene. Drivers are advised not to drive around barricades or into water that is covering roads.

7:13 p.m.

Austin Travis County EMS, Austin police and Austin Fire Department are responding to a water rescue at 8509 FM 969. Initial report of a victim stuck in their vehicle with water rising into it. The victim is reportedly attempting to escape through the vehicle’s roof. 

As of 7:13 p.m., at least 2,220 Austin Energy customers were experiencing power outages, which began around 6 p.m. Estimated time of restoration is 8:25 p.m. 

7 p.m.

Austin Travis County EMS, Austin police and Austin Fire Department responded to unconfirmed reports of multiple vehicles stuck in fast-moving water at 6720 Old Bee Caves Road. A vehicle was swept away but all occupants are out of the water. 

6:45 p.m.

Severe thunderstorm watch and flash flood warning for Travis County and northwest Hays County until 9:30 p.m.

6:25 p.m.

Flash flood warning issued for all of Travis County and most of northern Hays County.

6:09 p.m. 

In Leander – Closures: County Road 177 at Brushy Creek; and Ridgmar Road at Brushy Creek

6:07 p.m.

The largest outage being reported is just south of Hornsby bend. 479 affected and a crew has been assigned to find the problem.

New flash flood warning issued for Gillespie County. LXRA reports 1.5″ in the past 10 minutes.

Storms arrive in Round Rock Friday evening

6:02 p.m.

Flood advisory issued for Travis and Northwest Hays counties. 

5:58 p.m.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Hays and Blanco counties until 6:45 p.m.  

No significant outages are reported at this time. According to Austin Energy, there are only two outages but fewer than 10 customers are being affected for each one. One outage is just south of Emma Long Metropolitan Park and the other is just south of Sunset Valley. 

5:26 p.m.

90 crossings closed as of 5:51 p.m. 

5:26 p.m.

Flash flood warning for parts of Gillespie County, according to the National Weather Service. 

4:37 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Llano, Travis and Williamson Counties. 

Hail falling in Albert, Texas: 

3:15 p.m.

Bonnie Haverda shared this video of a tornado at 5230 SH 71 West in La Grange from earlier Friday morning.

3:00 p.m. 

The National Weather Service survey team confirmed the touchdown of two tornadoes and is working to identify more.

One touched down at 8:20 a.m. in Flatonia while the other hit at 9:07 a.m. in La Grange and damaged multiple industrial buildings.

1:27 p.m.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s office said they received five separate reports of tornados touching down and causing damage. No injuries have been reported due to the severe weather. The Sheriff’s office also said they received 12 different reports of car crashes with no major injuries.

12:02 p.m.

The First Baptist Church on 121 S. College St. in La Grange also reported damage on its new church property.

11:01 a.m. 

McCourt & Son’s Equipment, Inc. posted on Facebook “There is damage but we are all safe. Our team knows the importance of safety and took cover immediately. We hope your Friday is starting off a little less exciting.”

10:13 a.m.

The Texas Department of Transportation reports power lines are down over SH 71 west of La Grange. TxDOT and utility crews have shut down lanes to fix it.

There were a few crashes along I-10 but no highway closures.

10:06 a.m.

Kevin McCourt shared a video of damage at McCourt & Sons. He added no one was hurt.

10:03 a.m.

The Fayette County airport reports damage to several buildings. It reports the rain has slowed enough for workers to assess the damage.

9:51 a.m. 

Fayette County EMS says no injuries were reported at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church

9:46 a.m. 

The Fayette County Office of Emergency Management says it is seeing damage on SH 71. Roofs in the area were blown off and it is responding to many crashes on the highway.

It is calling in extra Department of Public Safety troopers to help respond to crashes.

9:41 a.m.

Fayette County EMS reports Mount Zion Church in La Grange has “significant damage.” No reports on injuries.

An Ace Hardware worker reports everyone there is safe. They all took shelter but they say they did not see a tornado.

9:39 a.m. 

Fayette County EMS says there are no reported injuries at McCorts & Sons Equipment Inc.

9:35 a.m. 

The National Weather Service tweeted “Residents of Lee County should be prepared to take shelter after 10 am as the storm approaches them from the south.”

9:31 a.m. 

Fayette County EMS reports an Ace Hardware in La Grange along SH 71 has damage.

The National Weather Service updated its Tornado Warning and said it would expire at 10 a.m. 

9:24 a.m.

There were two tornado touchdowns, one near Flatonia and one near Plum. Wrecks are also reported on I-10. Fayette County Judge Joe Weber says he’s heard reports of 2-3 wrecks, including one involving an 18-wheeler. 

“We just want to keep people inside and off the roads,” Weber said. He added he and others were hunkered down in the courthouse basement.

9:18 a.m. update

Fayette County EMS reports a tornado touched down at McCourt & Sons on Highway 71 west of La Grange. McCourt & Sons Equipment, Inc. confirmed it was hit directly. It’s located at 5141 W. SH 71. The company “offers new and heavy equipment, quality service and product support, rental equipment, and spare parts availability for the material crushing, screening, conveying, washing, organic and recycling, environmental clean up and grinding markets,” according to its Facebook page.

8:55 a.m. update

The Fayette County EMS said it received a report of a tornado touchdown on Ehler-Grasshoff Road at 8:55 a.m. The National Weather Service says a Tornado Warning is in effect until 9:30 a.m. 

8:40 a.m. update

At 8:43 a.m. a severe thunderstorm near Muldoon was identified as capable of producing a tornado as radar indicated rotation in the area. Fayette County reported a “strong rotation” over Muldoon and a sighting of a possible tornado near Schulenberg. 

KXAN meteorologist Sean Kelly reported hail, localized flooding, lightning and damaging winds over 60 mph in the area. 

According to Fayette county, there are a number of road closures because of flooding. 

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