AUSTIN (KXAN) — Storms and showers began moving through the Austin-metro area around 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, bringing possible power outages and traffic delays.
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The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for parts of Caldwell County, including Lockhart and Maxwell, until 1:30 a.m.
A Flash Flood Watch is still in effect for parts of Central Texas through 1 p.m. Thursday.
Because of Wednesday’s weather, residents in Llano County were reminded of when the Llano River flooded in 2018.
Shoal Creek at West 12th Street is in minor flood stage, clocking in at just over 8 feet, according to the National Weather Service. If it reaches 10 feet, it will be in moderate flood stage.
As of 4 p.m., most of Travis County had picked up two to four inches of rain, according to Meteorologist Kristen Currie. The National Weather Service reported about 2.28 inches of rain fell at Camp Mabry as of 4:40 p.m.
Hays County reported one to two inches picked up. Across the Hill Country, about two to four inches of rain fell, and areas near Willow City in southeast Llano County saw the most rain in Central Texas as of 4 p.m. Approximately six and a half inches fell.
Below is video from Waller Creek, where UT Austin Police report the water is rising.
Sandy Creek in Llano County near Kingsland is starting to see rising water collect.
The roadway at 7416 West Highway 71 is flooded. It’s the same area AFD rescued a bystander who was nearly swept away by the water.
The University of Texas at Austin Police report water is covering the roadway on San Jacinto Boulevard and 21st Street. The department said Waller Creek is also rising. Police are asking people to avoid the roadways, and if they encounter flood water to turn around.
The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for parts of Burnet, Williamson, Travis and Hays Counties until 5:30 p.m. This includes Lakeway, Leander and parts of Cedar Park.
The Austin Fire Department said low water crossings are starting to flood. The department tweeted a picture of Joe Tanner Lane at Highway 290, which is completely covered in water.
AFD also reported crews rescued a bystander from rushing flood waters, after they tried to help a stranded driver. The department said the bystander was not injured. It happened in Oak Hill on State Highway 71.
Old Bee Cave Road near Williamson Creek is also seeing water rush over the roadway.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office reported a downed tree was blocking the 100 block of County Road 270. That’s near Orchard Drive just north of Leander. Crews are on the way to clear it up, the sheriff’s office said.
Over 800 people are without power, according to Austin Energy’s Outage Map.
Austin Transportation reports that several intersections across the city are experiencing dark or flashing red lights in all directions due to the storms. Intersections are being treated as all-way stops until repaired.