Flash Flooding Swamps Texas; Water Rescues Prompted From Up to 17 Inches of Rain; More Severe Storms Ahead
May 27, 2016Flash flooding from what in some areas has been a record calendar-day rain event swamped parts of Texas Thursday into Friday, as the threat of more severe thunderstorms looms again Friday.Emergency crews in Bastrop County, Texas, were "overwhelmed with water rescues and other emergency calls" overnight Thursday night, according to a National Weather Service civil emergency message.
Storm Total Rainfall and Flood ReportsAt least one home was flooded in nearby Caldwell County, Texas, necessitating a rescue. High water rescues were also ongoing early Friday near Buda, Texas.Some of the worst flooding was between College Station and Houston.Brenham, Texas, picked up a whopping 16.62 inches of rain Thursday alone, smashing the previous single wettest calendar-day record of 10.38 inches set on October 17, 1994. Incredibly, Thursday alone also topped the previous record for the entire month of May (15.09 inches set just last year) and would also be the fourth wettest month, there. Records date to 1897.Also, Austin-Bergstrom Airport picked up 8.79 inches Thursday, the second wetttest calendar-day rain at that site dating to 1942. The wettest day at that particular site was just about seven months ago, when a deluge of 12.49 inches on October 30prompted the airport tower to close.Flash flooding will continue to be a threat in parts of Texas
Severe Weather Forecast
- Severe thunderstorms may still be rather numerous from parts of southern South Dakota and southern Minnesota to central and East Texas.
- Threats: Flash flooding, damaging wind gusts, large hail and a few tornadoes.
- Cities: Dallas | Austin | Houston