Thunderstorms cause flash flooding in Hays County

Thunderstorms dump several inches rain on San Marcos

DISCUSSION

After a round of strong and severe thunderstorms moved through Central Texas late Tuesday morning and early afternoon, the Austin metro area is preparing for another round of thunderstorms.

HAYS COUNTY AREA

Roads are closed in and around San Marcos after thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain Tuesday, eliciting flash flood warnings from the National Weather Service.

San Marcos CISD said on its website that they are sheltering in place. Parents are encouraged to avoid flooding streets until further notice.

Texas State University suspended classes at its San Marcos campus until 5 p.m. Tuesday. Round Rock's campus is still operating on normal schedule. Austin Community College said ACC San Marcos Goodnight Center will be closed for the remainder of April 11.

The City of San Marcos is also tweeting out road closures as the waters recede. Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management is also tweeting road closures.

National Weather Service had the following rain totals at sites in and around Hays County:

6.73” – 6 miles WSW San Marcos
6.07” – 4 miles WSW San Marcos
5.19” – 1 mile NW Martindale
3.52” – Geronimo
2.51” – New Braunfels

AUSTIN METRO AREA

A second round of thunderstorms began moving into the Hill Country around the lunch hour, and have since begun moving into the Austin metro area. None of the storms meet the criteria to be severe (58+ mph wind gusts or quarter-size hail), but these storms will bring lightning and heavy rain.

WARNINGS/ADVISORIES

South central Hays, north central Guadalupe and southeastern Comal Counties are under a Flash Flood Warning until 5:30 p.m. New Braunfels, Staples, Geronimo, Zorn, Gruene and Redwood are among the communities included in this warning.

Many Central Texas communities in the Austin metro area are under flood advisories through the afternoon.

Flood Warnings has been issued for the Blanco River at Fischer Store Road near Fischer and at Wimberley. Minor flooding is expected at both locations.

A Flood Warning has also been issued for the Little Blanco River at FM 32 near Fischer. Minor flooding is already occurring, the NWS said.

 

 

TRAFFIC

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There is a slight chance Austin-Bergstrom International Airport could see flight delays or cancelations due to severe weather. Please check with your airline before leaving for the airport, and also be aware of conditions before leaving. TAP HERE to view ABIA flight status.

POWER OUTAGES

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TAP HERE for the Austin Energy outage map.

TAP HERE for the PEC outage map.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative said at 3 p.m. it has approximately 300 customers across its service area. TAP HERE for the Bluebonnet outage map.

RELATED: What to do in the event of severe storms

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