AUSTIN (KXAN) — Strong to severe storms blew through Central Texas overnight bringing heavy rain, damaging winds and frequent lightning.

As of 4AM, no severe weather alerts are in effect for the KXAN viewing area.

Below is a list of resources and live updates throughout the night.


Live updates

3:35 am Wednesday

Austin Energy reports 10,780 customers without power. Oncor reports 10,750 area customers without power. Pedernales reports 420 customers without power. Bluebonnet reports 530 area customers without power.

2:20 am Wednesday

The Austin Fire Department says crews fought one structure fire during the storm. Lightning struck a home in northwest Austin around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday. No one was hurt in the fire on Image Cove which is near Jester Boulevard. Austin Fire says one adult and two children were displaced by the fire.

1:55 a.m. Wednesday

Austin Police and Department of Public Safety report no major issues with the storm. A dispatcher with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office tells KXAN she got five calls from “all over the county” of fallen trees.

1:40 a.m. Wednesday

Severe thunderstorm watch has been discontinued for the Austin Metro counties, but continues for our eastern counties until 3 a.m. (Fayette County until 5 a.m.)

Severe thunderstorm watch until 3 a.m.

1 a.m. Wednesday

The lights are coming back on for some Austin Energy customers. As of 1 a.m., around 18,000 customers didn’t have power, down from 21,000 since 11:35 p.m. Tuesday.

12:20 a.m. Wednesday

This video from Round Rock is pretty crazy. A viewer was driving down the street when storms were blowing through the area and the power just goes out. Street lights, traffic lights, everything goes black.

The severe storms should be out of the area around 1:30 a.m., according to the First Warning Weather Team.

11:35 p.m.

Austin Energy is reporting more than 21,000 customers are without power all over Austin as the storms blow through. Most of the outages are in central, north and northwest Austin, according to the outage map.

More than 3,300 Pedernales Electric Cooperative customers are without power, according to PEC’s outage map. There are nearly 2,500 PEC customers in Travis County without power, and more than 1,000 in Hays County.

11:20 p.m.

The storms are moving through Austin now. Find shelter in a sturdy building. A report from Camp Mabry had a wind gust of 50 mph. We have received reports of pea-sized hail from various parts of Austin.

11 p.m.

KXAN’s meteorologists David Yeomans and Nick Bannin answered questions about the incoming band of storms coming into the metro area right now.

10:30 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has now been issued for Travis, Williamson, Hays, Blanco and Burnet counties until 11:30 p.m. There are 70 mph winds and quarter-sized hail possible, according to the National Weather Service.

10 p.m.

The entire Austin metro area is at an enhanced risk of severe storms, 3 out of 5 on the Storm Prediction Center’s scale, with an elevated risk of large hail. Storms are moving in from west and northwest into Williamson County and are approaching the Round Rock area.

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9 p.m.

Storms are starting to make their way into parts of the Hill Country with a report of hail near Lake Buchanan. KXAN’s First Warning Weather team is tracking the storms and said they could arrive between 10 p.m. and midnight.

7:50 p.m.

  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service – Texas A&M Task Force One and Texas Task Force Two: Boat Squads to support water rescue operations
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Boat Teams to support water rescue operations
  • Texas A&M Forest Service: Saw Crews and Incident Management Teams
  • Texas Department of Public Safety: Helicopters with hoist capability
  • Texas Department of State Health Services: Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) severe weather packages
  • Texas Department of Transportation: Monitoring of road conditions, and equipment to support emergency debris removal from major roads
  • Public Utility Commission: Power outage monitoring and coordination with utility providers as needed

“The State of Texas stands ready to offer robust assistance and provide rescue efforts to those affected by severe weather in the coming days,” Abbott said. “It is important for Texans to be prepared for the severe weather and stay alert through their community warning system to protect their property and ensure the safety of themselves and their loved ones.”