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Smithville-hospital funnel cloud

Photo by Shannon Smith

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Update 4:55 p.m.

Officials responded to a person whose car was swept into the rising water of Plum Creek on Grist Mill Road near Uhland in Hays County. Travis County Fire Rescue said they canceled their water rescue response because the person made it out of the water.

“Remind everyone… turn around…. don’t drown. Even if there is no barricade…. if water if running over the road don’t drive through it,” it wrote on Twitter.

  • A car was swept into the water on Grist Mill Road in Hays County May 12, 2020 (Travis County Fire Rescue Photo)
  • A car was swept into the water on Grist Mill Road in Hays County May 12, 2020 (KXAN Photo/Tim Holcomb)
  • A car was swept into the water on Grist Mill Road in Hays County May 12, 2020 (KXAN Photo/Tim Holcomb)
  • A car was swept into the water on Grist Mill Road in Hays County May 12, 2020 (KXAN Photo/Tim Holcomb)

Update 1:13 p.m.

See a gallery of tornado photos and videos by following this link.

Update 1:09 p.m.

Lee County Judge Paul Fischer reported two sightings of tornadoes around 12:30 p.m. One was from a resident who reported one two miles north of Lexington. Another was reported at the State Highway 21 and US 77 intersection near Lincoln.

No one was injured, Fischer said.

Officials have not confirmed these sightings were tornadoes that touched down. Lee County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for damage.

Update 1:03 p.m.

Devon Behrens took this video of the storm two miles south of Smithville at 10:14 a.m.

Update 12:54 p.m.

Current look at radar + watches. FLASH FLOOD WARNING (blue) continues for parts of Travis & Hays County.

Update 12:47 p.m.

As of 12:45 p.m., all Tornado Warnings have expired in our area. Flash Flood Warnings continue for Travis and Hays County until 2:15 p.m.

Update 12:41 p.m.

Wall cloud near Lockhart, Texas from earlier today- courtesy: Edward Granado

Wall cloud near Lockhart, Texas, May 12, 2020 (Courtesy Edward Granado)

Update 12:38 p.m.

Picture from Lake Thunderbird, looking west, of the storm that produced the tornado near Paige – Courtesy: William Avery

Picture from Lake Thunderbird, looking west, of the storm that produced the tornado near Paige on May 12, 2020 (Courtesy William Avery)

Update 12:35 p.m.

 Smithville tornado today taken from Cottletown Rd. Couresty: Laura Witt

Update 12:32 p.m.

Tornado damage at a house in Smithville at 140 Logan lane. Courtesy: Scott Saunders | Smithville Mayor

Update 12:29 p.m.

Photo of storm from Cedar Creek – courtesy: Charles Gilley.

Photos of storm from Cedar Creek May 12, 2020 (Courtesy Charles Gilley)

Update 12:28 p.m.

Storm rotation crossing State Highway 71 at Keller Road at 10:55 a.m. from Chris Ham 

Update 12:27 p.m.

More video of likely tornado from Chris Bruce in Lexington.

Update 12:24 p.m.

TORNADO WARNING for parts of Hays County until 1 p.m. Severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is moving into the area.

Update 12:19 p.m.

KXAN viewer Fisher Prosise sent this video at 11:07 a.m. of a storm in Rosanky.

Update 12:18 p.m.

Victoria Pace sent this video of a tornado in Bastrop earlier today.

Update 12:15 p.m.

Video from “Smithville resident” at the Smithville recreation center.

Update 12:07 p.m.

Video of tornado near Upton along State Highway 71 at Spiradrill. Courtesy of KXAN viewer Valerie Harmon.

Update 12 p.m.

Tornado Warning continues for Lee County until 12:30 p.m. – storm capable of producing tornado. Storm is moving northeast at 20mph.

Update 11:55 a.m.

FLASH FLOOD WARNING for Travis & Hays County until 3 PM — 2-3″ of rainfall has already fallen – flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Update 11:43 a.m.

LATEST WARNINGS: Tornado Warnings (red) & Severe T-storm Warnings (orange) in effect for Bastrop & Lee County. Keeping an eye on what was a confirmed tornado in northern Bastrop County.

Update 11:39 a.m

Smithville-hospital funnel cloud
Photo by Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith took this captivating photo from the Smithville hospital, showing severe storms moving through Bastrop County.

Update 11:25 a.m.

Photo: Robert Tramble at Smithville Airport

This photo was taken around 11:05 a.m. from the Smithville Airport by city manager Robert Tamble.

Update 10:58 a.m.

TORNADO WATCH in effect for Austin-metro & eastern counties until 5PM.

Update 10:55 a.m.

Photo of storm just north of FM 535 & HWY 304 – courtesy of KXAN viewer Kelsey Snow.

Update 10:47 a.m.

One of the three tornado warnings have expired. Still watching areas of circulation in Bastrop & Lee County until 11:15a.m. Storms moving north/northeast at 15-20mph.

Update 10:42 a.m.

Three tornado warnings in effect for Bastrop, Caldwell & Lee Counties – watching three areas of rotation in the area. Seek shelter immediately. Storms moving north/northeast at 15-20mph.

Update 10:36 a.m.

Video of dark, low-hanging clouds from Chase Becker near Red Rock.

Update 10:32 a.m.

KXAN viewer Eric Spurlock sent us video of dark clouds over Red Rock.

Update 10:18 a.m.

TORNADO WARNING in effect for Bastrop, Lee and Fayette County until 10:45 a.m. A severe thunderstorm capable of a tornado was located over Smithville, moving northeast at 20mph. Those in the area should seek shelter immediately.

Update 10:15 a.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect for Bastrop & Lee County until 11 a.m. Threats: 60MPH winds, penny sized hail & tornado possible. Storm moving north at 20MPH.

UPDATE 10:10 a.m.

All Tornado Warnings have expired for the area. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is now in place for Bastrop and Caldwell County for 60MPH winds, penny-sized hail and tornado possible.

Update 10 a.m.

All Tornado Warnings have expired for the area. A Severe Thunderstorm for Bastrop and Caldwell County continues until 11AM – threats: 60MPH wind, penny-sized hail and possible tornado.

Update 9:58 a.m.

David Yeomans says there is rotation in Bastrop and Cedar Creek as well as surrounding areas. Austin is not seeing any rotation but there is heavy rain.

Update 9:53 a.m.

People in a tornado warning should take cover:

  • If you are in a mobile home, leave immediately and seek shelter in a sturdy, permanent structure nearby
  • In a home or business, go to the lowest floor or basement in an interior room with no exterior walls
  • Ensure the room does not have any windows
  • Protect yourself with heavy blankets or bicycle helmets in case flying debris does enter the structure
  • Stay with KXAN and your First Warning Weather app for live updates

Update 9:48 a.m.

Bastrop and Fayette County are now under Tornado Warnings.

At 9:40 a.m. a confirmed tornado touched down near Cedar Creek, 10 miles southwest of Bastrop.

The Tornado Warning has expired in Caldwell County.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A KXAN viewer filmed a funnel cloud as storms headed through Central Texas Tuesday morning.

Bastrop County and Caldwell County are under Tornado Warnings until 9:45 a.m. Tuesday

KXAN viewer Raelynn Long sent the above video of what Meteorologist David Yeomans says appears to be a funnel cloud. She said she took it around 8:30 a.m. just outside Luling.

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