LIVE BLOG: Severe threat winding down, power restored to customers in northeast Austin


Lightning in Dripping Springs on early Saturday morning (Jerry Moreno)


Update 12:30 p.m.

There are currently 39 roadways still closed due to low water crossing. The full list can be found on the KXAN low water crossings and road closures page.

Update 12 p.m.

The Austin Fire Department said that between 11 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Saturday, it responded to more than 200 9-1-1 calls.

They said 150 of these calls were about wires arching, lightning strikes (two of which caused structure fires) and collisions.

Update 5:30 a.m.

According to Austin Energy, power has been restored to the large group of households in northeast Austin.

There are still pockets of customers without power following the overnight storms. In total, about 50 households in the City of Austin have no power.

Update 3:01 a.m.

Rain with some thunder and lightning continues to move through Central Texas, but the main line of storms has passed.

There are now only about 500 customers without power in northeast Austin and pockets of just a few customers without power throughout the city, according to Austin Energy’s outage map.

Update 1:54 a.m.

A new update no longer includes many counties under a severe thunderstorm watch, leaving just Lee and Fayette Counties under that watch until 4 a.m. CT.

Update 1:50 a.m.

More than 1,300 customers in northeast Austin are without power as of 1:50 a.m., according to Austin Energy’s power outage map, which also shows pockets of outages across the city.

At 12:40 a.m. Austin Energy said it had about 4,800 customers without power.

Update 1:30 a.m.

The severe storm threat is winding down. Only a few non-severe storms are pushing through Fayette, Lee and Milam County. Light to moderate rain is filling in behind the main line.

Update 1:12 a.m.

Watching the storm roll in from Blue, Texas | Courtesy Roy and Laurie Morris

Update 1:08 a.m.

Intense lightning strike at I-35 and Dean Keaton – courtesy: Annette Xiques

Storms at Walnut Creek on Friday night, courtesy of Alana Dodunski.

More lightning from KXAN viewer Cassie McGinn.

Update 1:07 a.m.

Heavy rain in downtown | video taken by KXAN photojournalist Tim Holcomb

Update 12:28 a.m.

Lightning shot from Dipping Springs, courtesy of KXAN viewer Jerry Moreno.

Updated 11:51 p.m.

Video courtesy of David Frost.

Update 11:50 p.m.

The Hill Country has now been trimmed from the Severe T-Storm Watch. Continues for highlighted counties until 4AM.

Update 10:47 p.m.

Video courtesy: Mehrin Rahman

Photo Courtesy: Brent Hernandez

Update 10:43 p.m.

Strong winds in Cedar Creek flipped this awning. Photo courtesy: Douglas Willard

Update 10:36 p.m.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING until 11:30PM for Blanco, Burnet, Llano, Hays, Travis & Williamson counties. Threats: 1″ hail & 60MPH winds.

Update 10:28 p.m.

Great shot of tonight’s electric storms. 📸: Jesse Ojeda

Update 10:22 p.m.

📸: Brent Hernandez | Cedar Park

Update 10:14 p.m.

Lightning over Austin – this photo taken by Melody Hummel near MoPac & Howard Lane.

Update 10:09 p.m.

Small hail coming down in south Austin – video courtesy: Kathy Schraub

Update 10:03 p.m.

KXAN has a crew on scene of a possible water rescue on E Side Road near Oltorf Street in South Austin. More updates to come.

Update 10 p.m.

These storms are highly charged. Photo courtesy: Phoenix Walker

Update 9:47 p.m.

FLASH FLOOD WARNING until 12:45 a.m. for southwest Travis County – 1″ -2″ of rain have already fallen, downpours continue.

Update 9:45 p.m.

More great lightning video from KXAN viewer Neysa Scroggin.

Update 9:39 p.m.

Radar still shows line of strong to severe storms moving towards Central Texas. Watching for heavy rain, small hail and strong winds. Storms still holding together out ahead of main line.

Update 9:33 p.m.

Flood Advisory coming for western Travis County due to heavy downpours in the area.

Update 9:31 p.m.

Great shot of a lightning strike over the Austin skyline from KXAN viewer Ben Foster.

Update 9:26 p.m.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH until 5 a.m. Saturday – expanded to now include all of the KXAN viewing area.

Update 9:22 p.m.

More video of tonight’s lightning – from KXAN viewer Ariana Strandtman.

Update 9:10 p.m.

Close to an inch of rain in 15 minutes out of this storm over Austin. Minor street flooding likely.

Update 9:05 p.m.

Dashcam video of lightning from the Oak Hill / 71 area. Courtesy: Taylor Montgomery

Update 8:51 p.m.

Update 8:46 p.m.

Strong thunderstorms are moving east to west over Austin-metro. Watch for frequent lightning, heavy rain and small hail.

Update 8:44 p.m.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH in place for parts of the Hill Country until 10 p.m. Threats: damaging wind gusts +70mph, quarter to golf ball sized hail and isolated tornadoes.

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