LIVE BLOG: Severe weather moving through Central Texas Wednesday

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Wednesday brings our highest threat of severe thunderstorms all week, and dangerous flash flooding is possible through Saturday.

7:00 p.m.

In Driftwood, several cars were stranded for hours between two low water crossings on Darden Hill Road, off of RM 150. Water reached several feet at both of the points, which were about a mile apart. At about 6 p.m. cars were finally able to cross again. 

Kevin Dunn, who lives nearby sat in front of one of the low water crossings with one of his friends, hoping to keep drivers in the area out of trouble.

“A lot of people will try to come down here and cross,” Dunn said. “We’ve seen people try to cross when it’s like at the four-foot mark, so we try to stop that from happening to make sure nothing crazy goes on.”

Neighbors who live along Darden Hill Road say the same two low water crossings flooded Friday, as well, leaving drivers in the middle trapped.

KXAN viewer Woody Franke sent this photo of a low water crossing from Wednesday afternoon on Valley View in southwest Hays County. Franke says the flood gauge sign washed away soon after this photo was taken.

 

 

6:20 p.m.

Drivers ran into detours  Wednesday throughout Williamson County after heavy rainfall caused Brushy Creek to flood.

The Leander Office of Emergency Management alerted people to the closure of low-water crossings in at least two spots. Authorities closed gates where Ridgmar Road and County Road 177 respectively cross over the creek because the water went over these neighborhood streets.

In Round Rock the Summit Street crossing over Brushy Creek closed due to high, rushing water over the one-lane bridge. Throughout the day Wednesday, people stopped by Round Rock Memorial Park to check out how high the water got.

“I’ve been here for two years, and I’ve never seen something like this before,” Alejandra Herrera, who lives next to Brushy Creek, said. “It’s a lot of water. I don’t know where all this water came from, but I can tell you this is the most water I’ve ever seen on this small creek.”

 

 

4:35 p.m.

Captain Darren Noak with Austin-Travis County EMS joined KXAN with tips and solutions on how to keep yourself safe during a storm.

 

4:15 p.m.

This drone video shows the flooding at Shoal Creek and 45th Street. Video courtesy Ben Foster.

 

4:00 p.m.

Austin-Travis County EMS has extended the Areal Flood Advisory until 6:15 p.m.

3:30

This video shows flooding at Darden Hill Road in Driftwood. The video was sent to us by Alison Sinsky.

3:15 p.m.

Officials with Manor ISD have reported that flood waters are preventing their buses from accessing homes along Johnson Road, Tower Road and some parts of Cameron Road near Yager Lane. They are advising parents who live in these areas to pick up their children at campus.

2:58 p.m.

The incident at Sixth Street and I-35 has moved to the shoulder of the road and is no longer affecting traffic

 

2:51 p.m.

Austin city crews are heading to the 500 block of East Riverside Drive to remove a large fallen tree. The eastbound side of the road will be closed to one lane until it is cleared, which Austin police say could take several hours. 

2:41 p.m.

Jacqulyn Powell provides an update after a DHL truck was stuck in a ditch.

As flash flooding covered many roads in the Austin area Wednesday, emergency responders had to perform a water rescue off Middle Fiskville Road, after a delivery van got stuck in a ditch. People on-scene told KXAN the van’s driver tried to make a turn, but missed the road and went into a ditch because the road was completely covered in water.

 

2:39 p.m.

The Buda Fire Department says it responded to a house fire on the 1400 block of Coldwater Hollow just after 1 p.m. It’s not known if anyone was at home at the time and no injuries have been reported.

The cause is being investigated.

2:34 p.m.

All westbound lanes and the inside northbound lane on the I-35 frontage road are blocked at Sixth Street and Interstate 35. 

Austin Emergency Management tweeted for people to be careful as they drive, and reminded them to not drive around barricades or over flooded roads.

“Just because the rain is moving out of the area doesn’t mean the danger is gone,” it said.

Austin Energy reports 2,400 customers are without power and that it has 16 crews working to restore it.

The City of Buda says Stagecoach Park and Bradfield Park are closed due to heavy rains and runoff. It will decide Thursday when they will reopen.

2:33 p.m. 

Timelapse video from Kyle Hubbart shows the storm front approaching at Lake Travis

2:23 p.m.

Tom Miller is at Lady Bird Lake near the Congress Bridge with an update to the body found there.

1:50 p.m. 

— Hairy Man Road at Brushy Creek has been closed, according to Round Rock Police Department. 

— Austin Energy has restored power to all but a few hundred customers. You can check outage information on their outage map

1:25 p.m.

Power has been restored to about half the Austin Energy customers, though a few thousand customers remain without power.

Check power outages here. 

1:20 p.m.

Austin-Travis County has reported they have found a body in Lady Bird Lake while responding to a water rescue on Ninth Street. The victim has been identified as a man in his 50s.

Video from STAR Flight shows a boat searching for a man’s body that was swept away and later found near the Congress Avenue Bridge.

1:15 p.m.

A Tornado Warning has been issued in the Austin area by the National Weather Service. Tornado warnings are triggered when a spotter sees a tornado or radar indicates possible tornadic rotation.

1:10 p.m.

According to the city of Austin Department of Transportation, a traffic signal is flashing red in all directions at US 290 West and Farm to Market Road 1826. Drivers a=on the road are encouraged to treat it as an all the way stop.

Here is a look at the storm moving through the Lake Travis area at around 1 p.m. Video submitted by Anne Morley.

1:00 p.m.

Austin-Travis County EMS along with STAR flight have been dispatched to locate a possible person who has swept away in fast-moving water. The incident was reported at 800 West Ninth Street.

The victim may have been spotted under the West First Street Bridge.

12:56 p.m.

Austin-Travis County and other rescue assets responded to the scene of a water rescue at 500 Victor Street. the initial reports said a DHL van was stuck in fast-moving water. 

12:45 p.m.

This woman was seen chasing her trashcans, seen from the parking lot at Thrifttown on Stassney Lane.

12:35 p.m.

Flash Flood Warning in effect for Hays County until 3:15 p.m. and the Severe Thunderstorm for Travis County has been extended until 1:15 p.m.

350 lightning strikes have been recorded in the Austin area in the past 10-minutes.

12:30 p.m.

Manor ISD has canceled their after-school tutorials due to the severe weather and students are requested to ride their usual buses home. However, YMCA after-school care will proceed normally.

12:15 p.m.

Thousands of Austin Energy customers are left without power Wednesday afternoon as severe weather rolls into the Austin metro area.

Almost 4,000 customers have lost power in the Oak Hill area and another outage in the Barton Creek area has left about 1,700 people in the dark.

There’s a spattering of other outages around the city that are affecting small groups of people.

Check outages on the Austin Energy Outage Map

The rain has slowed down at Marble Falls, but the water rose high enough to close this crossing on Nature Heights Drive.

12:10 p.m.

The heavy rain has finally reached the KXAN station.

11:35 a.m.

Total Traffic Austin has reported a traffic accident on Farm to Market Road near Johnny Morris Road.

Round Rock police have also reported that Hairy Man Road at Brushy Creek has been closed.

11:30 a.m.

Austin-Travis County EMS has activated a boat squad consisting of a squad leader, two boats, two swift water boat operators and two rescuers. The squad will remain in service with other on-duty rescuers until 5:00 p.m. to assist in any water rescues. 

 

11:00 a.m.

10:42 a.m. 

10:38 a.m.

The Barton Creek Greenbelt is closed again because of more rain and the potential for flash flooding over the next several days, according to the Texas Parks and Recreation Department.

“Last night’s rain raised Barton Creek’s flow rate and further deteriorated trail conditions. PARD staff continues to monitor the weather, and will provide updates as conditions change,” it said in a release.

The greenbelt closed after heavy rain last week but reopened a few days later. The PARD website has an updated list of park and facility closures.

10:14 a.m.

KXAN Meteorologist David Yeomans is tracking the storm headed through Central Texas. He reports 120 lightning strikes every minute in the Hill Country — that means an average of 2 strikes every second — as well as up to 60 mph wind gusts.

10:02 a.m. 

9:56 a.m.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office has closed all but one lane in each direction on the 25000 block of SH 71 near Paleface Ranch Road after a major crash between  a dump truck and car closes all but one lane in each direction on SH 71 near Paleface Ranch Road

Austin-Travis County EMS reports a woman was taken to the hospital with injuries not expected to threaten her life.

9:43 a.m.

Austin-Travis County EMS, Travis County ES and Pedernales Fire Department are responding to a vehicle rescue that was called in at 9:24 a.m. in the 25000 block of SH 71.

People were reportedly pinned into the vehicle but were rescued and are being evaluated.

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