Tornado and flash flood watches issued tonight

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A TORNADO WATCH is in effect until 10 p.m. for San Saba and Lampasas counties. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 5 a.m. for Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, and Lee counties. Severe storms may move into the area this evening, possibly producing tornadoes, large hail and damaging wind in some areas. Additional storms overnight could cause flooding in counties where heavy rain fell Friday morning.

A complex of strong thunderstorms moved through Central Texas during rush hour this morning. The Austin metro area avoided significant flooding problems with rain totals of less than one inch, but Smithville totaled 4.3″ of rain in less than two hours, leading to high flows in area creeks and streams.

As the atmosphere recovers from morning storms, most communities will be dry through early afternoon. Later today, as the atmosphere re-energizes, a batch of strong to severe storms may move from the Hill Country into metro and eastern communities. This may impact outdoor plans on Friday evening. Storms may contain large hail and damaging winds. Stay with KXAN and KXAN.com to monitor today’s changing weather.

Your Saturday forecast looks fantastic for outdoor activities. Expect mostly sunny skies with warm west winds potentially pushing high temperatures above 90 degrees for the first time this year.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, some of which may be strong to severe, are forecast to return Sunday and Monday before cooler, dry weather next work week.