Memorial Day storms impact Central Texas

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A thunderstorm moving east through Central Austin knocked out power, flooded roads, and interrupted Memorial Day plans. The area is not out of the woods yet.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the entire KXAN viewing area from 7 p.m. Monday until Tuesday at noon.

Austin Energy reported two large outages in North Austin that started at the peak of the storm around 11:30 a.m. Monday, affecting over 2,000 customers. Austin Energy crews restored circuits at Lamar Boulevard and Braker Lane, fixing the largest outages.

As of 11:15 p.m. Monday, power was restored to almost all customers affected by outages. Head to Austin Energy’s site to see all outages within the company’s power.

Manor also experienced a major outage, with about 1,500 customers losing power. Power was restored by Bluebonnet Electric Coop around 1:30 p.m., according to spokesman Will Holford. Lightning caused that outage.

The city closed two low water crossings on River Hills Road in Southwest Austin just before noon due to water on the road. There were also three flooded crossings in Cedar Park at 2400 Sumac, 2348 Cypress, and 2402 Peach Tree. You can monitor low water crossings in real-time online.

Lightning started a house fire in the Great Hills neighborhood in Northwest Austin, and boaters on Lake Austin were told to get off the water by EMS because of the imminent threat of lightning. A KXAN viewer reported announcements were being made by megaphone to boaters.

EMS also ordered bicyclists at the Life Time CapTex Triathalon off of the course in Downtown Austin due to lightning reported 12 miles out.

Meanwhile, a Memorial Day service at the State Cemetery in East Austin was moved indoors due to the storms, and all Pflugerville city pools were closed for much of Monday. Gilleland and Menzer pool reopened and remained open until 8 p.m.

Austin police warn drivers to use caution driving in poor conditions and that if they see any flooding to not attempt to cross a low water crossing.

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