Tornado spotted in Williamson County; more storms likely this weekend


Highlights

Rains are coming this weekend, but they shouldn’t disrupt MLK Day events, city organizers say.

A weak tornado was spotted in Walburg after almost an inch of rain fell in Austin early Friday.

A weak tornado was spotted in northern Williamson County after almost an inch of rain fell in Austin early Friday.

Bands of showers that moved quickly through the Austin area dropped the largest amounts in central Travis County, where 0.92 inch of rain was recorded at Barton Creek and Loop 360 in Southwest Austin.

As the rain moved into Williamson County, a weak tornado formed briefly in rural Walburg around 9:30 a.m., leaving two homes and one business with minor damage but causing no injuries, authorities said. The National Weather Service said the storm interacted with a stalled front, “which enhanced rotation just enough to produce a brief tornado.”

The weather service’s forecast as of Friday afternoon said the odds of getting wet on Martin Luther King Jr. Day have risen to 60 percent.

But that won’t stop the Austin Area Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration planned for 9 a.m. Monday, co-Chairman Michael Winn said.

“We’re going to move forward with (the celebration) unless it’s a deluge” far more severe than what is in the forecast, Winn said. The celebration will start with a march from the King statue on the University of Texas campus to Huston-Tillotson University, where organizers will have tents set up for events, he said.

The potentially rainy holiday will follow a weekend when scattered showers producing up to 2 inches of rain are expected. Possibly severe storms could occur Sunday night, the forecast says.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Bullet grazed child’s neck outside South Austin Torchy’s, officials say
Bullet grazed child’s neck outside South Austin Torchy’s, officials say

Austin police are investigating an incident in which a bullet grazed a 9-year-old’s neck Saturday afternoon outside a South Austin Torchy’s restaurant. Austin police and Austin-Travis County EMS officials said they received a call about the incident at about 12 p.m. outside of a Torchy’s at 4301 W. William Cannon Drive. EMS officials...
East Austin plaque unveiled to remember lynching victims
East Austin plaque unveiled to remember lynching victims

The details of the Travis County lynching in 1894, based on news accounts from the time, are discouragingly sparse. Even the victims’ names are lost to history. An African-American woman working as a nurse for a white family was jailed after one of the children in her care died. Two African-American men, for reasons no longer known, were arrested...
Texas GOP files suit to remove Blake Farenthold from ballot
Texas GOP files suit to remove Blake Farenthold from ballot

The Republican Party of Texas is suing the Texas secretary of state over an election filing deadline that prevents it from removing embattled U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold from the ballot. The move is in response to Farenthold’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election in the spring. Farenthold, whose district includes parts of Bastrop...
Trail of Lights, Winter Wonderland canceled tonight due to weather
Trail of Lights, Winter Wonderland canceled tonight due to weather

Organizers have canceled tonight’s events at Austin’s Trail of Lights, Circuit of the Americas’ Winter Wonderland and Buda’s Trail of Lights due to the rainy weather expected. “The forecasted weather conditions would limit the operation of many attractions and would dampen a festive atmosphere,” Circuit of the Americas...
How the federal government seized Texas property for the border fence
How the federal government seized Texas property for the border fence

The land agents started working the border between Texas and Mexico in the spring of 2007. Sometimes they were from the Army Corps of Engineers. Other times the U.S. Border Patrol. They visited tumbledown mobile homes and suburban houses with golf course views. They delivered blunt news to ranchers and farmers, sheet metal workers and university professors...
More Stories