LIVE BLOG: Strong storms cause flooding in parts of Central Texas

Lightning during severe storms Austin 5-24-20

Lightning ignited the Austin sky Sunday. (Photo: Drew Tate/ReportIt)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Non-severe storms and showers began firing in our far eastern counties just after 2 p.m., and more storms and showers are expected to develop late afternoon, evening and overnight on Sunday in the KXAN viewing area.

Stick with KXAN on-air and online as we continue to track the potential for severe storms during the Memorial Day weekend.

Weather Blog

6:15 a.m.

As of Monday at 6:15 a.m., a couple hundred customers are affected by power outages and 40 closed low-water crossings throughout the majority of Central Texas.

See the breakdown by electric company

6:01 a.m.

At least two dozen firefighters helped rescue a pair of fishermen caught in high water near Austin’s Colony Neighborhood park early Monday morning. Neither was hurt

Read the full story: Crews rescue fishermen caught in high water

12:13 a.m.

The Flash Flood Warning for Travis County is set to expire at 12:15 a.m.

12:02 a.m. Monday

A Tornado Warning has been issued until 12:15 p.m. for a southwest portion of Bastrop County and Fayette County after radar-indicated rotation was detected. The storm is not yet in the county but is moving toward it.

11:50 p.m.

Thousands of customers are without power in Central Texas, according to outage maps from local electric companies.

More than 30 low water crossings are closed.

11:24 p.m.

Flash Flood Warnings are a concern in south Austin, South Travis County, Hays, Blanco, Gillespie and Llano County, Jim Spencer says.

Severe weather is now concentrated in our eastern counties.

10:53 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are set to expire at 11 p.m. However, Flash Flood Warnings will continue, meteorologist Kristen Currie says.

The primary concern now is flash flooding. Hail, winds and tornado threats are less likely.

10:15 p.m.

Austin severe storms lighning 5-24-20
Photo: Nate Ellingsen

Austin was lit up in multiple ways on Sunday night. This photo, taken by Nate Ellingsen, shows lightning flashing across the downtown Austin sky.

9:55 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Bastrop County until 4 a.m. Monday.

9:50 p.m.

Multiple people were stranded on Lady Bird Lake when the severe storms hit Austin Sunday afternoon, according to the Austin Fire Department.

Several people said to KXAN they felt the storms came on suddenly while they were enjoying the afternoon out on the lake. You can read more in the link above.

9:20 p.m.

This storm jumped on Central Texas in a hurry Sunday afternoon bringing hail and impressive lightning strikes. Drew Tate captured this powerful photo of lightning illuminating the sky.

  • Lightning during severe storms Austin 5-24-20
  • Lightning severe storms 5-24-20

Ethan DeAngelis was also able to capture a video of lightning during Sunday’s storms.

8:58 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued until 10 p.m. for parts of Travis, Hays and Blanco County.

8:50 p.m.

There are 21 low-water crossings currently closed through Travis, Williamson and Hays County, according to

A majority of the closures are in Kyle, San Marcos, Wimberley and Lockhart.

8:10 p.m.

A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Austin until 10:45 p.m. Sunday.

7:30 p.m.

Ricka Zobel provided us with this video from State Highway 290 and South First Street in south Austin as severe storms exploded in the area.

7:15 p.m.

Here’s a good comparison for the hail that was generated in south Austin around 6 p.m Sunday. Leslye sent us these photos from South Congress Avenue and Stassney Lane.

  • Hail in south Austin 5-24-20
  • Marble size hail in south Austin 5-24-20

7:10 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Travis and Williamson County until 8 p.m.

7:05 p.m.

South Austin witnessed intense storms exploding through the area with marble to quarter size hail. Here’s a view from South First Street.

6:45 p.m.

KXAN received multiple reports of hail across Austin.

6:30 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Travis County has been issued until 7 p.m. KXAN meteorologists say it is crucial that you stay inside through the duration of this warning.

5 p.m.

As this storm continues to move east, we’re receiving more reports of hail. Lee County is now seeing some rain and hail. Photos sent in by Lucila Castilleja show pieces of hail around the size of a quarter to a half dollar in Giddings.

  • Hail in Giddings (2) 5-24-20
  • Hail in Giddings 5-24-20

4:45 p.m.

Another video sent to KXAN from Susana Reyes shows more hail moving through Manor. Storms are continuing to move east into Bastrop County.

4:15 p.m.

Storms producing hail are hovering around eastern Travis County in Manor on Sunday afternoon. This video from Coral Guadarrama shows quarter-size hail in her neighborhood.

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