Tornado confirmed in Fayette County Tuesday evening, as streets, yards flood with water

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CENTRAL TEXAS (KXAN) — Heavy rains are expected to fall in Central Texas Tuesday afternoon and evening, bringing the potential for hail, damaging winds and flooding. A Flash Flood Watch continues for the entire KXAN viewing area though 1 p.m. Thursday.

In addition to the Flash Flood Watch, a Tornado Watch is in effect for Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette and Lee Counties until 9 p.m. Tuesday. This means tornadoes will be possible from severe storms that develop.

10:40 p.m.

This video sent in by Jyl Stavinoha shows flooding in Flatonia.

9:45 p.m.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office reports:

  • Hermis Road in Schulenburg is not passable
  • Ross Prairie Church Road at Brushy Road is flooded
  • Power line down on the shoulder of the road near Highway 77/956
  • A swift water rescue is underway near FM 1295 at Highway 90 in Praha

This video sent in by Sharon Novak shows flooding in Fayette County.

This picture from Jose Estrada shows flooding in La Grange.

Flooding in La Grange (Courtesy of Jose Estrada)
Flooding in La Grange (Courtesy of Jose Estrada)

8:45 p.m.

Stephen Crim captured this lightning and rainbow in Engle in Fayette County.

8:35 p.m.

Karey Ann Kalich sent in this video of flooding along Engle Road in Freyburg in Fayette County.

8:30 p.m.

Flooding seen in La Grange, about one block south of Highway 77.

  • Flooding in La Grange, about one block south of Highway 77 (Courtesy of Kellie Kutchka)
  • Flooding in La Grange, about one block south of Highway 77 (Courtesy of Kellie Kutchka)
  • Flooding in La Grange, about one block south of Highway 77 (Courtesy of Kellie Kutchka)

Video from Joell Doyle shows extreme flooding along Highway 609 and Mach Road in Fayette County.

8:10 p.m.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office reports a tree is blocking the road in the 5600 block of Mach Road. That’s southwest of La Grange. Roads are also “underwater” at Highway 77 near Ray’s Crane and St. Mark’s Hospital.

7:40 p.m.

Fayette County EMS reported extremely hazardous conditions in the Flatonia, Schulenburg and Swiss Alp areas. “Please pay close attention to the news and be safe. Take shelter if possible in a central room in your house,” EMS wrote on Facebook.

7:35 p.m.

Flooding can be seen at I-10 eastbound in Fayette County near exit 661, according to the sheriff’s office.

Water rescues are underway. The Fayette County sheriff is asking people to stay home. “Water rescues occurring! We cannot stress enough, STAY HOME!” a Facebook post from the sheriff said.

7:15 p.m.

A new Tornado Warning was issued for parts of Fayette County until 7:45 p.m. It includes La Grange and Rutersville.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office reports lots of roads are impassable due to flooding: 71, 95, I-10.

7 p.m.

Fayette County Deputy Lee Phillips was in Flatonia at the FM 609 overpass of Interstate 10, where a vehicle was stalled out. Water is reported to be covering the roadway, according to Sheriff Keith Korenek on Facebook.

6:51 p.m.

The tornado is tracking north of Schulenburg over Highway 77, moving northeast toward La Grange, the National Weather Service confirms.

6:45 p.m.

Two Tornado Warnings have been issued for Fayette County, one in the Schulenburg area that expires at 6:45 p.m. and another for central Fayette County near the La Grange area that expires at 7 p.m.

Chief Meteorologist David Yeomans identified a tornado signature moving into the Freyburg/Swiss Alp area at about 6:40 p.m. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado was observed in that area around 6:42 p.m.

A new, third Tornado Warning was issued for that area of rotation, which includes the town of La Grange, until 7:15 p.m.

6 p.m.

Storm clouds spotted in Taylor, Texas

Storm clouds in Taylor (Courtesy of Jack Richards)
Storm clouds in Taylor (Courtesy of Jack Richards)

5:42 p.m.

Wimberley in Hays County was under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning earlier in the afternoon. Jerry Moreno sent in this photo of storms approaching the area off Winters Mill Parkway.

Storm spotted from Wimberley, Texas (Courtesy of Jerry Moreno)
Storm spotted from Wimberley, Texas (Courtesy of Jerry Moreno)

5:39 p.m.

About 23 low water crossings are closed right now, mainly in the Marble Falls area, according to ATXFloods.

5:24 p.m.

Flash Flood Warning in effect for parts of Caldwell County, including Luling, until 8:30 p.m.

5:16 p.m.

Heavy rain in downtown Austin near 10th Street and Congress Avenue

5:03 p.m.

Lightning strike caught on camera in Bertram.

Lightning strike in Bertram
Lightning strike in Bertram (Courtesy of Jennifer Burns)

5 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect for parts of Fayette County including Flatonia until 5:45 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect for parts of Caldwell and Bastrop Counties including Lockhart, Elgin and Bastrop until 5:30 p.m.

4:56 p.m.

Heavy downpours were seen in Austin.

Lightning was spotted in north Leander Tuesday afternoon.

Lightning in North Leander
Lightning in north Leander on Tuesday afternoon (Courtesy of David Claridge)

4:47 p.m.

Annie Carmichael sent in this video of strong winds snapping a flagpole in a Dripping Springs subdivision.

Greg Grounds sent in this video of heavy rain and thunder in Leander.

4:45 p.m.

Cameron Berryhill sent in the below photo of a lightning strike in Lockhart Tuesday afternoon.

Storm in Lockhart on Tuesday afternoon
Storm in Lockhart on Tuesday afternoon (Courtesy of Cameron Berryhill)

Noah Fortin sent in this video of rain in Lockhart.

The Hays County Office of Emergency Services said the road is closed at Old Bastrop Highway at Cottonwood Creek.

4:15 p.m.

Viewers in Hays County sent in photos showing the severe storms moving into their area.

  • Blanco River near Kyle
  • Storm over San Marcos May 18, 2021
  • Storm over San Marcos May 18, 2021
  • Approaching storm in Kyle on Tuesday, May 18

4 p.m.

Maria Haney sent in this video of heavy rain near the San Marcos outlet mall Tuesday afternoon.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for parts of Travis, Hays and Caldwell Counties until 4:45 p.m.

2:46 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for parts of Hays County, including Wimberley until 3:45 p.m.

1:52 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for southwest Blanco County until 2:45 p.m.

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