LIVE BLOG: Severe weather moves through Austin area Thursday evening


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Severe weather moved into the Austin metro area on Thursday evening. Updates will be posted here as they come in.

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12:25 p.m. Friday

ATC EMS reports it responded to six total water rescue calls between 7:28 p.m. and 7:58 p.m. Thursday. It didn’t take anyone to the hospital.

AFD said it also responded to those six rescues but said there was “only one that was a true rescue (the others were simply stalled cars with no people).” That one happened at 700 North Bluff Drive.

10:02 p.m.
Williamson Co. Sheriff’s Office says there are downed power lines at CR 331 and FM 972. Roadways are closed as of this time. Drivers should watch for emergency vehicles.

9:52 p.m.
Round Rock Police Department says the gates at Memorial Park are closed due to high water.

9:40 p.m.
Austin Fire Department gave an update on the 700 North Bluff Drive water rescue, saying that there was no child involved. Victims were a woman and a man, both who are experiencing homelessness. Woman was screaming “My baby is in the water,” which might account for the confusion. No injuries were reported and the pair left after the rescue.

9:15 p.m.
Austin Energy’s outage map indicates that 725 customers are currently without power.

8:50 p.m.
Austin Fire Department says the majority of scenes it’s responded to are related to stalled vehicles on roadways where water collected. There has been only one actual rescue situation so far — the North Bluff Drive rescue earlier in the night.

8:45 p.m.

8:35 p.m.
Car stalled on Oltorf and South First Street.

(KXAN/Juan Salinas Jr.)

8:20 p.m.
Flooding at I-35 southound between the William Cannon and Slaughter Lane exits

(KXAN/Lauryn McCreadie)

8:16 p.m.
No new closures reported yet.

8:07 p.m.
South First Street/West Oltorf Street water rescue: ATCEMS reports there are five cars in the water but no patients and no one in their cars. Scene is being cleared.

ATCEMS/AFD rescue crews canceled a water rescue at Redd and Gillis Streets. There were initial reports of “two vehicles in the water” with “water up to the tires,” but all persons are out of their vehicles and not voicing in any injuries. Water reported to be receding in the area.

ATCEMS/AFD rescue crews responding to a water rescue at 1700 block of South I-35 service road southbound. Two vehicles stalled in the water but people are out of the vehicles.

8 p.m.

7:57 p.m.
ATCEMS medics are responding to a water rescue at South First Street and West Oltorf Street. Reports of “multiple cars in the water.”

ATCEMS says victim at the 700 block of Turtle Creek Boulevard is out of their vehicle, safely on shore and voicing no injuries.

ATCEMS water rescue at 400 block of West Slaughter Lane, occupant is out of their vehicle and no longer in danger.

7:47 p.m.
Water rescue at 700 block of N. Bluff Drive in south Austin: Everyone, including the child, is out of the water.

ATCEMS medics are responding to multiple water rescues at the 700 block of Turtle Creek Boulevard in south Austin. Reports of a person stranded in their vehicle saying “the water is rising.”

7:46 p.m.
National Weather Service issues flash flood warning for Eastern Travis and Hays counties until 10:45 p.m.

NWS has also issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Eastern Travis and Bastrop counties.

7:43 p.m.
The National Weather Service reports that gauges west of I-35 in south Austin, near Stassney Lane, have reported 2.32″ and 2.72″ of rain in the past 30 minutes. Likely causing flash flooding in the area.

7:34 p.m.
Austin-Travis County EMS and Austin Fire Department crews are responding to a water rescue at 700 block of N. Bluff Drive in south Austin. According to ATCEMS, there are reports of multiple people in the water and one child who was possibly swept downstream.

7:30 p.m.
Cold front, rain arrive in Pflugerville during high school football game

7:15 p.m.

7:08 p.m.

Clouds in Manor on 290 with heavy winds (KXAN/Frank Martinez)

6:08 p.m.

Leander Youth Soccer has announced that due to imminent weather, all soccer activities at Serna Fields are canceled for Thursday evening.

4:45 p.m.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport announced 17 flights to Dallas have been diverted to Austin due to weather. The planes will stay here until conditions improve in Dallas.

Canceled arrivals at ABIA:
American 1448, DFW, 3:43 p.m.; American 1373, DFW, 5:37 p.m.; American 2594, DFW 7:07 p.m.; Southwest 526, Dallas Love, 9 p.m.; Southwest 636, Dallas Love, 11:20 p.m.

Canceled departures at ABIA:
American 1448, DFW, 4:33 p.m.; American 1373, DFW, 6:24 p.m.; American 2594, DFW, 8:01 p.m.; Southwest 320, Dallas Love, 6:15 p.m.; Southwest 957, Dallas Love, 7:35 p.m.

2:41 p.m.

Burnet CISD announced that due to the threat of severe weather, Burnet Middle School games scheduled to be held Thursday night have been canceled.

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