AUSTIN (KXAN) – The second full week of May is forecast to be a rainy one, with the potential of strong and severe thunderstorms. The main threats are hail and high winds, but an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out.
This week’s forecast adds to an already rainy start to the month of May: Camp Mabry reports almost an entire month’s worth of rainfall (4.16″ out of the usual 4.44″) by only May 8th.
While the predicted three to seven inches of new rainfall by the end of this week are good news for the drought-stricken Hill County (latest reports here), it means that Texas has to grapple with the burden of too much rain, too fast.
Bastrop County has started flood preparations, with the Elgin volunteer fire department doing active water rescues in the past few days. Read more on that story here.
In Cedar Park, one home caught fire after lightning hit it Friday. Read the full story here.
Comparatively, Central Texas is seeing smaller threats with these storms than the rest of the state. The Storm Prediction Center reports six tornado sightings in North Texas Friday, along with softball size hail reports in Lubbock.
These wet days also mean that mold allergy sufferers are going to keep seeing high allergen counts, in the thousands. Here’s a look at today’s pollen forecast: