Flash Flood Watch Expires
UPDATE: 7:44 a.m.: The flash flood watch for Central Texas has expired.
Overnight storms brought over an inch of rain to pockets of East Austin, but the majority of the rain fell northwest of the Austin area, forcing LCRA to open up flood gates at both the Starcke and Wirtz dams. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Llano County until early Saturday morning. Last night's rains have brought the Llano River up to 11.95 feet, though officials say the rise won't cause any damage to properties in the area.
There are still 191 low water crossings in the Austin area.
UPDATE 5:30 a.m.: The flash flood warning that had been in effect for Central Texas has expired. A flash flood watch remains in effect until 7:00 a.m. Friday.
In anticipation of more flooding this morning, Blanco ISD is operating on a two hour delay.
UPDATE 2:30 a.m.: The storm that rolled through Austin overnight dropped about an inch of rain on the city. Some slightly higher totals in the Hill Country.
UPDATE 1:00 a.m.: The Austin metro area is now under a flash flood warning until 4:45 a.m., including San Marcos -- which was already hard hit by flooding earlier this week.
UPDATE 11:55 p.m.: There's now a flash flood warning in effect for the Austin area, including Travis, Blanco, Hays, Burnet, Comal and Williamson counties until 4:15 a.m.
Austin has activated its Emergency Operations Center in anticipation of flooding.
Avoid travel on area roads, if possible.
UPDATE 10:30 p.m.: The National Weather Service has added a severe thunderstorm watch for the Austin area until 4 a.m.
The large storm moving toward Central Texas has triggered tornado and flash flood warnings to the north and west of us.
EARLIER: Another line of storms is forecast to move through the Austin area overnight, likely beginning around midnight.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch until 7 a.m. for most of the area.
The storm is forecast to bring 1 to 2 inches or rain, with isolated totals of up to 3 inches. With the ground already so saturated and creeks already running full in some cases, any amount of rain could mean flash flooding.
Many low water crossings outside of Austin are still closed from earlier storms. Check the latest on closures here.