Powerful video of storms in Austin


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on May 24, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Updated Friday, May 24 at 10:21 PM

AUSTIN -- Crews with chainsaws and large City of Austin trucks spent Friday afternoon clearing a large oak tree that fell onto the street at 9th and San Antonio.

Terry McVey lives at the house where the tree fell; he told KVUE News they were having a benefit for the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado when they heard a large crash.

McVey said it was a miracle no one was hurt.

“Typically there are cars here until six, seven or eight o'clock at night. So it was very fortunate that there wasn't more property damage, but hate to lose a good oak like that,” he said.

A few streets down at Shoal Creek, some Austinites took shelter from the storm underneath a restaurant patio.

Nearby, the sidewalks underneath the 9th Street Bridge at South Lamar were flooded as the creek continued to rise.

Not everyone was trying to stay dry, however. We caught some people pulling over to take pictures of the flooded creek, and a mother and daughter were out soaking up every drop they could.

“We're just going to check out the creeks everywhere we can get to. We're going on our little rain drive, it's just amazing,” said Sarah and Fi Scott.

KVUE viewer Joel Starling sent us video from Rollingwood of flash flooding on Bee Cave Road, and at Zilker Park we found a field covered with several inches of water.   

“We went down to Zilker and the steps are like a waterfall, it's hard to walk on the steps,” said Fi Scott.

A home in Cedar Park and another in Cedar Creek were both hit by lightning, sparking fires.

An employee at ABIA was nearly hit by lightning Friday afternoon but he is okay, and about a thousand Austin Energy customers lost power for several hours.

However, the biggest hurdle was traffic, as Memorial Day travelers hit the road during heavy storms.


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