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Tornado spotted in Williamson County; more storms likely this weekend


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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.



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