FORECAST UPDATE: Storms have rolled past Austin, but isolated showers possible into tomorrow


3:43 P.M. UPDATE: The worst is over in Central Texas, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm system that doused the region has moved through and is bearing down on the Houston/Corpus Christi area. In its wake, isolated showers are possible, though we’re done with the “big complex of storms,” Weather Service Meteorologist Aaron Treadway said.

“The atmosphere is pretty worked over,” Treadway said.

Austin nearly tripled the Aug. 7 Austin-Bergstrom International Airport rainfall record with 2.87 inches, Treadway said. It was the seventh-wettest August day on record at the airport, he said.

UPDATE 9 a.m.: The rain totals continued to stack up around the capital city as storms moved across the area Monday morning, with more than 2.3 inches falling at Longhorn Dam — located just east of downtown Austin. 

Other rain gauges maintained by the Lower Colorado River Authority showed similarly impressive totals across the area: 2.6 inches fell out at Mansfeld Dam, west of the city, while 1.9 inches has fallen out at Bull Creek and Loop 360. Meanwhile, the official keeper of the nation’s weather stats, the National Weather Service, says that 1.7 inches has fallen so far in Central Austin at Camp Mabry. 

UPDATE 8 a.m.: With the rain came the lightning, which caused at least two house fires this morning, authorities say. 

One erupted around 5:30 a.m. in Dripping Springs, in far southwest Travis County, badly damaging a two story house in the 17000 block Avion Drive. No one was injured in the blaze, and it was unclear how many people it displaced. 

The second fire erupted in unincorporated Travis County, near Leander, in the 17700 block of North Rim Drive. Few details were immediately available. The Leander fire chief referred calls to officials at the emergency services district that serves the area, Travis County ESD #1, who were not available to comment. However, the home owner told KEYE-TV he believed the fire was caused by lightning as well. 

UPDATE 7 a.m.: The storms sweeping across the Austin area are playing havoc on commutes this morning, as wrecks pile up on major thoroughfares across the region. 

A big rig slid off Texas130 near the FM 973 overpass, just south of Manor, a crash blocked a lane on Interstate 35 at Braker Lane, a big rig ended up on its side on I-35 in rural Williamson County and traffic lights were out at MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and Slaughter Lane. Capital Metro reported its commuter rail service was running with 5-10 minute delays because of the rain. 

Meanwhile, the downpours led to one water rescue downtown after two people were left stranded on an ‘island’ in Shoal Creek early Monday. 

Monday’s forecast for Austin: Radar images show a line of powerful storms moving into the Austin area this morning, as rain continues from overnight. The National Weather Service says there is a 60 percent chance for storms throughout the rest of the day today — growing to 70 percent tonight. 

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service say the rounds of storms today could bring upwards of an inch of rain. 

The storms will keep a relative lid on temperatures, which once again cracked 100 degrees over the weekend. Highs today will are only expected to make it into the low 90s, if that hot. Storm chances will taper off as the week wears on. 

TRAFFIC UPDATES: Use our interactive map to track delays as the commute unfolds

The five-day forecast:

  • Monday: A high of 93 degrees with a 60 percent chance of rain, growing to 70 percent overnight. 
  • Tuesday: Another high of 93, but with just a 40 percent chance of storms throughout the day and night. 
  • Wednesday: High of 94, with storm chances diminishing once again to just 30 percent during the day and 20 percent at night.
  • Thursday: Highs return to the mid-to-upper 90s with a slight chance for storms. 
  • Friday: Storm chances vanish entirely and temperatures hit the upper 90s once more.  

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