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Storm Track

Here’s a list of recent severe storms that have impacted the Austin area in the current and past two years. If your house has been damaged by a storm, see our article “After The Storm” for tips on what to do.

2017

August 25 – 28, 2017 – Hurricane Harvey stalled out just southeast of Central Texas and caused large rains and some wind damage. Gusts of 60 mph occurred around 3am in areas of South and East Austin caused minor roof and siding damage. A Tropical Storm warning was issued for Caldwell County on Saturday August 25th. While rains were substantial in the City of Austin reaching 8 inches in some areas, the large flooding events were Southeast of Austin with major flooding of the Colorado River starting at Bastrop and flashfloods across a wide area Southeast of Austin including Bastrop and Caldwell Counties. River flooding caused substantial damage in Smithville and all along the Colorado River from there downstream. The total rainfall in some areas just south and east of Austin reach 30 inches over several days. The Colorado River crested at an amazing 54 feet at La Grange on Monday, August 28th. Evacuations were ordered from Tahitian Village (just SE of Bastrop) to La Grange and further downstream.

Overall, our area was spared by this massive and very destructive tropical cyclone.

May 23, 2017 – A cold front pushed several supercell thunderstorms through the northeastern Austin suburbans. Pflugerville, Hutto and Elgin were hard hit with high winds, quick heavy rains and large “Quarter-sized” hail. While most of the wind damage was high straight-line winds, a short duration minimal tornado occurred near Elgin.

April 2, 2017 – An tornado damages buildings in Point Venture on the north shore of Lake Travis. Strong winds and hail also impacted North Austin, Round Rock and Georgetown.

March 20, 2017 – Strong winds with gusts up to 70 mph occurred during a storm front passage caused roof damage in Southeast Austin, Buda and Kyle.

February 19-20, 2017 – Overnight, a strong squall line with 60 mph winds and gusts up to 80 mph, frequent lightning and heavy rains caused damage in Hays, Travis and Williamson Counties. Several buildings were damaged by wind and lightning in Southeast Travis County and Williamson County. A train derailment was attributed to high winds on the Union Pacific near Thrall.

2016

Storm Damage

Tree fell from wind during April 31st storm damaging pickup truck

December 8-9, 2016 – The first freeze in the Austin area. An Arctic front brings high winds and much colder air.

August 14-17, 2016 – A low pressure system moving from the East has caused days of tropical rains with accumulations reaching 10 to 12 inches in some areas. Creek flooding has occurred in the Barton, Waller and Shoal creek. With saturated soil, flash-flooding is likely to occurred with any significant rainfall.

May 26-27, 2016 – A large super-cell thunderstorm stalled over southeast Travis County produced over 9 inches of rain in only a few hours and continuous lightning. Highway 71 is closed at Cedar Creek due to flooding and water rescues across southeast Travis County are ongoing the morning of May 27th. Further southeast in Bastrop and Fayette Counties, rain has been recorded up to a full foot. A flash-flooding event on THE COLORADO RIVER is in progress the morning of May 27th impacting river communities south of  Bastrop including Smithville and La Grange. A crest of river depth of 41 feet (major flood stage) is expected today in La Grange. Mandatory evacuations are in progress and severe flood damage is expected.

April 31, 2016 – A line of thunderstorms moving from west to east crossed through the Austin area about 4:30 to 5:30 am. This fierce storm caused power outages Southeast Austin and Bastrop County. Large “ping pong” sized hail was reported in the Wimberley area. A wind gust toppled a large truck in Kyle on I-35 causing traffic disruptions. A house in Kyle had it’s roof torn off. Many trees fell to the strong winds. Wind gusts near Bastrop reached 75 mph. Some minor flooding was also reported.

April 27, 2016 – A strong squall line passage in the early morning hours caused high horizontal winds along with a good rain and some lightning. A gust of 67 mph was recorded near Pflugerville.

April 17 – 19, 2016 – A major rain event started April 17th and ended April 19th. Bastrop and further East had minor flooding as thunderstorms trained across the area with rainfall totals in excess of 8 inches. La Grange has had major flooding with over 13 inches of rain. State Highway 71 was closed at La Grange due to flooding. Major river flooding on the Colorado River south of Bastrop, particularly at and downstream of La Grange occurred.

April 12, 2016 – A frontal passage causes area wide lightning, wind and rainfall of about two inches. This same event created a major hailstorm with grapefruit sized hail in the North part of San Antonio and several severe thunderstorms just South of Austin. Modest hail and wind damage was reported in Buda and Kyle.

March 24, 2016 – A strong line of thunderstorms transited the Austin area from West to East between 2 am to 3 am at a high rate of high speed. The severe thunderstorms had strong winds including a straight-line wind gust recorded at Austin Airport of 66 mph, many lightning discharges both cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground, some hail was reported in South Austin and brief but very heavy rains.

March 18, 2016 – An early evening squall line ahead of a cold front triggers 60+ winds, frequent lighting and some large hail.  The Squall line moved from west near Marble Falls southeast toward Hays County between 5pm and 8pm.

March 9, 2016 – Major storm passage occurred for the entire Central Texas area in the very early morning resulted in some flooding, 2 inches plus of rain area wide, some wind & small hail. Lightning strike frequency was above a 1000 per hour during the peak of the storm. Thirty-two low water crossing were closed during the morning and flooding also occurred briefly at 10th & Lamar Blvd. in Austin. More rain is expected in the next three days but likely no more severe storms.

March 8, 2016 – Morning building damage from possible rain-wrapped tornado near Jarrell in Williamson County. An EF0 minimal tornado with roughly 80 mph winds has been confirmed near Andice in Williamson County. A second large and powerful storm traveled through Mason and San Saba Counties with some near tornadic activity, large accumulations of small hail and some much larger hail balls reported in isolated incidents.

February 23, 2016 – A welcome rainstorm followed by very high winds with gusts in excess of 40 mph area wide.

2015

October 30, 2015 – A tornado plus lots of rain South and East of Austin. This became a major flooding event in Del Valle / Austin Bergstrom Airport area with a record 17 inches of rain in 4 hours.

October 24, 2015 – Very Heavy Rains during F1 Weekend.  A convergence of moisture from major hurricane Patricia, a cold front and added moisture from the Gulf. Many houses in Del Valle and Southeast Austin flooded.

June 17, 2015 – Tropical Storm Bill Remnant causes local flooding. A three hour deluge leaves six to seven inches of rain in Northeast Austin and Manor causing some local flooding.

June 16, 2015 – Tropical Storm Bill moves across Central Texas causing a rainy & stormy night.

Onion Creek Flooding

Onion Creek in flood stage after May 25th storms.

May 25, 2015 – Funnel Clouds and More Flooding. Nine funnel clouds reported with some wind damaged report. Large storms “trained” across the Austin area.

May 23, 2015 – Deluge Hits Blanco and Stormy in the whole Central Texas region. Major flood damage in the Blanco river basin.

May 17, 2015 – Sunday Morning Storm. A strong line of intense thunderstorms with many lightning strikes, wind and nearly 3 inches of rain fall in the area.

May 5, 2015 – Strong Storms, Lightning & Flash Floods. A massive group of thunderstorms forms over the Texas Hill Country during the evening of May 5th.

April 27, 2015 – 50 mph Wind Gusts with early morning thunderstorms. A fast moving line of thunderstorms packing 50 mile per hour winds passed through Austin.

April 19, 2015 – Pop-up Thunderstorm in Eastern Bastrop County. A remnant of the energy from the squall line yesterday caused several “pop-up” but intense thunderstorms.

April 18, 2015 – Afternoon Squall Line. A late afternoon squall line formed in the Texas Hill Country and impacted western Travis County.

2014

Sept 18, 2014 – Tropical moisture creates early morning storms.

June 12, 2014 – Strong Storm Overnight / EF-2 Tornado.

May 13, 2014 – Big Rain overnight.

April 14, 2014 – South Austin Wind & Small Hail.

March 28th 2014 – Dryline Event with Large Hail.

April 7, 2014 – High Winds & Lightning.