A closer look at Wednesday night's storms

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by ANDREW CHUNG / KVUE News and editor ROB DIAZ

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Posted on September 5, 2013 at 6:33 PM

AUSTIN -- It's something we haven't seen in quite some time - an intense lightning show Wednesday evening. Viewer Mel Hutzler sent KVUE video of the lightning over Reagan High School.

The storms entered Central Texas from the northeast and moved toward the southwest.  Around 6:50 p.m. the storms brought intense lightning and heavy rain to the Elgin area.

These storms then moved into Travis County between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., skirting Downtown Austin, but bringing that intense lightning and heavy rain to the southern part of the city.

Afterwards, they moved into northern Hays and Caldwell Counties. Around 8:40 p.m. the rate of lightning reached approximately 3,000 strikes per hour.

Farther southwest, around 9:20p.m., it was San Marcos and Wimberley's turn. Close to 10 p.m. the storms began to weaken.

The rains were welcome, but the wind damage wasn’t. Those winds brought down trees in south Austin, causing roof damage.

The National Weather Service says none of the storm cells Wednesday night turned tornadic. Instead, straight-line winds, a product of rapidly sinking air coming from the thunderstorm - caused the damage.

And since the drought had most likely stressed the trees, it didn't take much to bring them down.

 

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