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Llano, Gillespie, Burnet, Blanco, Williamson, Travis, Hays, Lee, Bastrop, Caldwell & Fayette Counties: Now through Saturday through 7PM Sunday
Mason County: 10AM Saturday through 10AM Sunday
Milam County: 1PM Saturday through Midnight Sunday Night.

Localized flooding is possible with any heavier downpours.

Turn Around Don't Drown.

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Memorial Day Weekend Storms

 

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

FLASH FLOOD WATCH
While it won't be a total washout for the 3-day holiday weekend, I am expecting the return of rain - some heavy.  In anticipation of that, the National Weather Service issued Flash Flood Watches which continue into Sunday.  The stage is set for more heavy rain, possible severe storms and another round of flash flooding across Central Texas.  Please take this seriously as we have saturated soil and the possibility of another 1 to 4" of rain over the weekend.  It's likely to be heaviest Saturday night into Sunday morning, but scattered showers/storms could happen before or after as well.  There's even the chance of another round of heavy rain Monday night into Tuesday morning.  I anticipate Flood Advisories and Flash Flood Warnings will be issued over the weekend.  Be prepared for indoor alternatives to your outdoor plans and be safe!

TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN
We have not recovered from our previous rounds of heavy rain just yet.  Atxfloods.com had dozens of closures due to previous rain and that number will likely go up as our weekend rain intensifies.  Check atxfloods.com for road closure updates.  It may take some time for all the creeks, streams and rivers to go back in their banks.

MEMORIAL DAY FLOODS OF 1981
If you need a reminder to Turn Around Don't Drown - just look back at history.  Central Texas is known as "Flash Flood Alley."  On May 24th, 1981, 13 people lost their lives.  Floodwaters rose out of Shoal Creek and caused significant damage to homes and business and caught a lot of people off guard.  Here's a photo gallery from the storm: https://www.flickr.com/photos/austintexasgov/sets/72157626196677382/

THE LAKES
Lake Travis topped 636.4 feet Friday and climbed to 44% full.  It's at the highest level since August of 2012!  Lake Buchanan continues to slowly rise as well.  Combined storage for both lakes: 42%.  Pace Bend Park's Tournament Point Boat Launch and Mansfield Dam's Boat Launch are both open on Lake Travis.

STORM TRACKER FORECAST

Saturday:  82 Mostly cloudy, scattered showers/storms possible.  Storms LIKELY at night - mainly after midnight.  Rain Chance: 60% by day, 100% at night. Winds: SE 5-10.  *Morning Low: 70
Sunday:  79  Showers/storms likely- especially early.  Rain Chance: 90% Winds: S 5-15.  *Morning Low: 69
Memorial Day Monday: 85 Showers/storms possible.  Might see more heavy storms develop late night into early Tuesday.  Rain Chance: 40%.  Winds: S 5-15.  *Morning Low: 69
Tuesday: 85  Early showers/storms likely, then scattered showers/storms possible later.  Rain Chance: 50%. Winds: E/SE 5-10.  *Morning Low: 69
Wednesday: 87  Partly sunny, scattered showers/storms.  Rain Chance: 30%. Winds: SE 5-10.  *Morning Low: 72
Thursday: 87  Partly cloudy, only an isolated shower or storm.  Rain Chance: 20%. Winds: SE 5-10.  *Morning Low: 72
Friday: 88 Cloudy, scattered showers/storms possible.  Rain Chance: 30%. Winds: SE 5-10.  *Morning Low: 72

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Have a safe holiday weekend!
-Chikage

KEYE-TV Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler

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