More Rain Coming for DFW; Storms Leave Damage in Central Texas

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dangerous flood waters are raging through central Texas during torrential storms.

BUDA, Texas — A fast-moving storm packing heavy rain and destructive winds overwhelmed rivers and prompted evacuations Friday in the same area southwest of Austin that saw devastating spring floods.AUSTIN – Heavy thunderstorms and three reported tornadoes pounded a large swath of central Texas on Friday from San Antonio to Bastrop County, causing water rescues, street flooding and damage, according to the Weather Channel and the National Weather Service.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport temporarily closed its airfield Friday morning due to the torrential rains and heavy winds, the Associated Press reported. Torrential rains over Memorial Day weekend inundated the Blanco and raging river waters tore at least one home from its foundation, killing members of two families inside.

A broad area of rotation and very strong straight-line winds were picked up on radar this morning, and tornado damage was later confirmed in the city of Floresville, Tex., southeast of San Antonio. Tornado warnings continue to be issued alongside flash flood emergencies in this incredible storm complex that is rolling slowly north through central Texas.

There were no fatalities reported from Friday’s storm as emergency personnel across South and Central Texas rushed to close roadways overwhelmed by water and respond to high-water rescues. The storm’s particularly slow motion is leading to excessive rainfall rates — a gauge south of Austin by Onion Creek recorded an insane 7 inches of rain in a single hour. Along with the report of the confirmed tornado, the weather service said that extensive damage to Floresville High School could have been caused by a tornado, KENS-5 TV reported. Ruth Veliz, whose parents own a taco shop in Floresville, said about a dozen customers and employees were there at 6 a.m. when the suspected tornado hit. In D’Hanis, the bricks of a bank in the area were ripped from the structure, and multiple other buildings throughout the city were ripped apart by the storm.

Onion Creek in Driftwood, Tex., skyrocketed to major flood stage on Friday morning, was less than 2 feet away from its record water level of 25.1 feet, previously set in 1998. Those in the restaurant took shelter anywhere they could find it, including under tables, she said. “We were all caught off guard, everyone just grabbed on to what they could get their hands on,” she said. One man shot a scary video from inside is car which was being swept away by flood water. “So you can see I’m floating down some sort of creek in the middle of this weather,” he says. “I called 911 and they told me to stay in the car and hopefully they’ll be here soon.

The creek was rapidly rising Friday morning, raising the specter of a repeat of flash floods there two years ago this week that killed at least four people – including a woman and her 8-month-old son who were swept away in their car – damaged more than 1,200 homes and displaced hundreds of residents. Flooding caused Interstate 35 to close between Austin and San Antonio, with motorists in southbound lanes being forced to turn around and drive on the shoulder against traffic to escape the area. A warm front across south Central Texas along with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and a disturbance from the west sparked the severe weather, Treadway said. Gregg Waller, a hydrologist with the weather service’s West Gulf River Forecast Center in Fort Worth, said the region’s damp soil, topography and weather conditions made it prime for potential flooding.

The Austin-Travis County Emergency Management Service reported on its Twitter feed that it had conducted four water rescues and were assisting with flooded homes and pedestrians.

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