Heavy hail falls across Central Texas Thursday in overnight storms


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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The severe weather at first looked like it was weakening Thursday morning and then in a flourish dumped buckets of hail across downtown Austin before ending nearly as suddenly as it began.

The KXAN digital team compiled this live blog Wednesday night and Thursday morning to document the latest with the storms as it unfolded:

7:30 a.m. Thursday

The date March 25 lived up to its history and hype. The date of March 25 is responsible for all three of the most damaging hail storms in Austin history. Now March 25, 2021 could be added to that list. More details on the winds it takes to form golf ball-sized hail.

5 a.m. Thursday

ALL warnings in the area have no expired and all storms are sub-severe. Nevertheless, residents should exercise caution.

Austin Energy currently is reporting 12 outages in the Austin metro area. About 168 customers are affected.

4:40 a.m. Thursday

Tornado threat in the Austin area is over, although the sub-severe storm has moved toward Taylor.

Austin Energy currently is reporting six outages in the Austin metro area. About 2,968 customers are affected.

4:25 a.m. Thursday

Heavy hail, some quarter-sized, fell for a few minutes over the Austin-metro area shortly after 4 a.m. on Thursday.

11:30 p.m. Wednesday

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for parts of Gillespie and Llano Counties until 12:30 a.m. 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-sized hail are possible. This includes the City of Llano.

11:15 p.m. Wednesday

Baseball-sized hail was reported along I-10 at mile marker 451, which is about five miles northwest of Junction in Kimble County, according to Meteorologists Nick Bannin and David Yeomans. This came from the storm that prompted the Tornado Warning in southwestern Mason County earlier.

10:43 p.m. Wednesday

A Tornado Warning was issued for the southwestern portion of Mason County until 11:15 p.m. by the National Weather Service.

10 p.m. Wednesday

A Tornado Watch was issued to include much of the Austin metro area counties and the Hill Country. The watch will go until 4 a.m. for the following counties:

  • HAYS

6 p.m. Wednesday

Another Tornado Warning was issued for extreme northern Lampasas County until 6:30 p.m.

5:40 p.m. Wednesday

A Tornado Warning was issued for parts of San Saba County at about 4:45 p.m. The warning was allowed to expire at 5:15 p.m. Areas affected by the warning were Spring Creek and northern San Saba County.

Marsha Hardy with San Saba County Emergency Management said she heard of roof damages on the northwest section of Richland Springs.

Viewer Cathy Carter took this photo of the storm approaching the area.

San Saba storm cloud 3-24-21
A storm pushes through San Saba Wednesday afternoon, March 24. (Photo from Cathy Carter)

Gabe Cox with the group Tornado Trackers sent in a photo of a lowering wall cloud spotted in the storm. This is caused by rotation. Chief Meteorologist David Yeomans explained some people might mistake this as a tornado, but these are just the “preliminary signs” that one could form.

Lowering wall cloud in San Saba County as severe storms push through the area on March 24, 2021 (Gabe Cox/Tornado Trackers)
Lowering wall cloud in San Saba County as severe storms push through the area on March 24, 2021 (Gabe Cox/Tornado Trackers)

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