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Heavy Rains in Central Texas

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KUT News

UPDATE - 9:00 am:

The National Weather Service has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for minor flooding of poor drainage areas in parts of Hays County, Comal County, northwestern Caldwell County, Travis County, and west central Bastrop County. That advisory is in effect until 10:30 am. Heavy rainfall across the advisory area has produced up to 3 inches of rain an hour.

All roads in and around Austin that were closed for a short time have been reopened.

3:35 am:

A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect until 5:00 this morning for Williamson and Travis counties – that’s according to the National Weather Service. The service has extended a Flash Flood Watch until noon.

Though the heaviest rains are thought to have left the Austin-metro area, scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to last throughout the morning. Overnight rain gauge readings indicate that over an inch and a half of rain has fallen in and around Austin since midnight.

Locations where creeks, streams and road intersections have experienced flooding include Sun City, Liberty Hill, and the Georgetown dam.

LCRA meteorologist Bob Rose told the Statesman late last night that this morning’s rainfall shouldn’t have a significant effect on drought conditions, as most of the rain won’t end up in the Highland Lakes. Rose said the lakes need about 15 inches of rain to fill up. Austin gets its water from two of the Highland Lakes: Travis and Buchanan.

The rain should clear up in time for the Livestrong Marathon on Sunday morning. Forecasters are calling for partly cloudy skies during the race with a high in the afternoon in the low 60s.