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Dangerous Flash Flooding Hits Texas

13 Oct 2013, 11:43 am

Rain poured down early this morning across the heart of Texas, causing flash flooding in the Austin metro area.

The rain was so bad, the Austin City Limits Music Festival was canceled for the first time in it’s history due to the weather.

Flash Flood Warnings were posted throughout the morning (seen above in burgundy) and a Flash Flood Watch (in green) continues through the rest of Sunday and into Monday for additional heavy rain in these areas. There were reports of numerous water rescues in the Austin area and additional road blockages due to high water.

This river gauge at Onion Creek in the Austin metro area spiked into major flood stage in the span of just a few hours this morning and will likely climb a bit higher as the rain continues today.

Above: selected 24 hour rain totals via the Lower Colorado River Authority. Note the white boxes near downtown Austin — 10″+ and the rain is still falling!

24 hour rainfall estimates via the National Weather Service radar also report an area of 10″+ within the Austin city limits.

Here are just a few of the most impressive “Texas-sized” rain totals. These will continue to go up as more rain falls in these already saturated areas.

Another few inches of rain will likely add to the totals from earlier this morning, mostly stuck out into western Texas between Midland and Del Rio.

Over the next five days, those rain totals could jump by as much as 4″ into western Texas as this area of tropical moisture slowly passes through the area.

This interactive map shows climate data for select locations, including drought information. Much of Texas was in a rain deficit recently (see drought numbers below).

 

A significant portion of Texas was in extreme drought back in early July, and a lot of progress has been made so far in early October. These recent rains should help to erase more of the dry conditions. Unfortunately, when the ground is so dry, it can’t absorb all of this fast-falling moisture. This is one of the reasons flooding is such a big concern in these areas.

To all those in Texas — stay safe, and hope y’all dry out soon! For more updates on the big winter storm brewing and the possible severe weather threat, tune in to www.weathernationtv.com/OnTV

Have a great week ahead! -Meteorologist Miranda Hilgers

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