AUSTIN (KXAN) — Severe thunderstorms brought hail up to tennis ball and baseball size to parts of Central Texas Thursday evening.
Burnet, Leander, Pflugerville and Round Rock appeared to receive the largest hail — between 2″-2.75″ in diameter (egg-size to baseball size). Lesser hailstorms than this hitting populated areas have led to $100 million in damages in the past. Similar hail last May in Georgetown led to their costliest hailstorm on record.
Hail reports of varying sizes stretched across the area from Mason County to Bastrop County.
Here’s an example of one of the larger hail photos we have received to email@example.com. Be sure to send your hail photos with a ruler or next to a comparably-sized object.
While some parts of the northern Hill Country saw over an inch of welcome rain, briefly causing a 1″ rise in the level of Lake Travis, many others missed out including Austin where we have only registered a few hundredths of an inch of rain.
Friday will be a warmer day with mostly cloudy skies and another chance of showers or thunderstorms. Some storms could be strong or severe, but many will stay dry. The Storm Prediction Center has most of Central Texas at a Marginal Risk (Level 1 out of 5) for severe storms Friday.
A strong cold front Friday night brings chillier than normal temperatures through the weekend with highs only climbing into the 60s each day.
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