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Heavy Rains Pound Central Texas; Flash Flood Watch in Effect

UPDATE 11:05 a.m: The flash flood warnings for the Austin area have expired. Heavy rain has moved out of the area for the time being. A flash flood watch remains in effect until 3 p.m.

145 low water crossings in the Austin area are closed. The latest conditions are here.

Austin Energy still has several hundreds customers without power this morning. Pedernales Electric is down to about 200 outages.

Update 8:45am: The flash flood warning for Travis, Hays, Blanco and Williamson counties is now in effect until 10:45 a.m. A separate flash flood warning is in effect for parts of Travis, Hays and Caldwell counties and all of Bastrop County until 11 a.m. 

Up to 2.5 inches of rain have fallen on parts of the Austin area since 5 a.m.

As of this writing, 71 low water crossings around the Austin area are closed. Get the latest closures here.

Austin Energy says it's working to restore power to about 2,000 customers who lost power due to the storm this morning. 

EARLIER: Central Texans have been waking up to thunder, lightning, and heavy rain this morning. Much of the area, including Hays, Travis and Williamson counties, and parts of  Burnet County, is under a flash flood warning until 8:45 a.m. A flash flood warning means flooding is imminent or already occurring in the warning area.  Two inches of rainfall has already been reported in some spots. Click here for a list of low water crossings that have been closed because of high water. Austin Energy is also reporting some scattered power outages this morning.

The National Weather Service says just about all of Central Texas will remain under a flash flood watch until this evening. A watch means that conditions will remain favorable for flash flooding to occur. The area could get up to three inches of rain before all is said and done.