Earth Watch Report – Extreme Weather
Extreme WeatherUSAState of Texas, Waco
Extreme Weather in USA on Tuesday, 13 May, 2014 at 03:20 (03:20 AM) UTC.
|A powerful spring storm produced heavy rain and frequent lightning that caused widespread street flooding Monday night in the Waco area leaving some motorists stranded and leading to some high-water rescues. The storm also caused a series of lightning-related fires and a number of mostly minor traffic accidents Monday night. Three-quarter inch hail fell in Belton. Water was beginning to accumulate on the edges of Old Waco Road Monday night in Belton, police said. Flooding from heavy rain shut down the intersection of New Road and Waco Drive Monday evening in Waco, stranding some drivers in their vehicles. Heavy rain caused flooding on other area streets and on Interstate 35, in Waco where traffic was reported to be stopped. Flooding in Waco was reported in the 900 block of North 31st Street; 9100 block of Panther Way; intersection of North 23rd and Waco Drive; Lake Shore and MLK; 30th and Austin; Interstate 35th at South 6th and South 7th Streets; 5400 block of Franklin; Lake Air and Waco Drive; North 36th and Fort; 2200 block of Herring; Sanger and Towne Oakes, and 100 block of Richland Drive, police said.
A motorist was reported trapped in a vehicle on Londonderry Drive and Medical Parkway. Flooding was also reported along Valley Mills Drive. Seven to 12 inches of water was reported just after 7 p.m. on Panther Way behind Midway High school. Police in Waco and surrounding communities were responding to other reports of motorists stranded by high water. Flooding is likely in low-lying areas and at low-water crossings throughout the night in Central Texas and motorists are advised to turn around if they encounter water on roadways. Area fire departments also responded to a series of calls involving residential fires that were evidently caused by lightning strikes. A lightning strike also set a tree on fire in Waco. Law enforcement agencies also responded to a number of reports of mostly-minor traffic accidents on area streets and highways. A flash flood warning was in effect until 8:45 p.m. for McLennan County and the region is under a flash flood watch through at least late Monday night. Flooding was also reported in the Whitney area. Flash flash flood warnings were in effect for Hill County until 8:30 p.m. and Falls County until 9:45 p.m. Two feet of water was reported on a road near Whitney in Hill County and water was reported over the road on FM 94 east of Blum. Water was reported over Highway 16 southwest of Goldthwaite and Highway 84 near Mulin in Mills County. Heavy rain is possible through the evening hours and overnight.
More Rain Possible After Night Of Storms, Flooding
Flooding in Whitney (Photo courtesy of Scott Hull)
(May 13, 2014)–Official rainfall totals in Bell County ranged from less than an inch to just less than 3 inches overnight
In Bosque County totals ranged from about 1.3 inches to about 3.5 inches.
Official totals in Coryell County were just less than an inch.
Totals in Falls County ranged from just more than 2 inches to a little more than 3 inches.
Official totals in Hill County ranged from about 1.5 inches to 3.6 inches.
In Lampasas County, totals ranged from less than an inch to about 1.5 inches.
More than 4 inches was recorded in Groesbeck, but in other parts of Limestone County totals were as low as about ½ inch.
McLennan County totals ranged from about 1.7 to 3.4 inches.
In Milam County, official totals ranged from about 1 ¾ inches to 2.5 inches.
(May 13, 2014) Showers and isolated thunderstorms are again in the forecast Tuesday after a night of heavy rain that caused widespread street flooding in the Waco area, leaving some motorists stranded in rising water.
As much as 4 inches of rain was recorded in some parts of Central Texas overnight.
If rain does fall, it’s not expected to be as heavy and should not cause significant flooding, forecasters said.
Severe weather isn’t expected, forecasters said.
More than 30,000 homes and businesses lost electricity in Texas as a result of the storm, but only small and scattered outages were reported Tuesday in the Waco-Temple-Killeen area.
The story was different Tuesday elsewhere in the state, however.
CPS Energy reported nearly 19,000 homes and businesses without power Tuesday mainly in the San Antonio area.
Austin Energy had about 1,600 customers without electricity.