Active Severe Weather Day Continues Across South
Historic and deadly flooding accompanied well over a dozen tornadoes in a wild day of severe weather across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana in particular.
Perhaps worst-hit was Austin, Texas, where widespread flooding led to water rescues and flooding in the city center. After 5.20″ of rain on Monday, including 4.00″ in just two hours, Austin’s Camp Mabry recording site officially clinched its rainiest May in recorded history with 16.72″ so far this month, besting the old record of 14.10″ set in 1895. A dam failure was reported in Bastrop County, Texas, southeast of Austin, leading to officials urging widespread evacuations and water rescues, and local officials also asked people to stay off roadways.
At least 20 tornadoes had been reported as of 9pm CDT on Monday. Strong storms moved through the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex on Monday afternoon, producing a 60 mile-an-hour wind gust in Duncanville and at least 15,000 power outages in the DFW area at one point, although that number had been cut nearly in half by later Monday evening. A fatality was reported in Milam County, Texas after a possible tornado killed a man in his mobile home, officials confirmed on Monday evening. Three homes were destroyed in Blue, Oklahoma from a tornado there, and damage was also reported in Wills Point, Texas, about 40 miles east of Dallas-Fort Worth. Damage was also reported in Wills Point, Texas from a possible tornado there as well.
Additionally, an astonishingly large 4.75″ hailstone was measured in Netawaka, Kansas on Monday afternoon – the size of a DVD!
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Meteorologist Chris Bianchi