6 a.m. update: According to Austin Energy, “by 5 a.m., more than 60 percent of the 22,000 customers who experienced an outage had seen their power restored” after overnight storms rolled through the Austin metro area early Wednesday.
The utility said nearly all customers should expected to have power restored by 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Wednesday forecast for Austin: Overnight storms left as many as 19,000 Austin Energy customers without power but the utility’s repair crews are working in the rain to restore electricity.
Around 3:40 a.m., the utility reported 129 active outages affecting the 19,000 customers. By 4:45 a.m., the utility reported that as many as 10,000 customers were still without power, about 1,300 of those in East Austin neighborhoods near Walter E. Long Lake. Austin Energy said it had dispatched 10 restoration crews and 2 tree crews to help restore power throughout the city.
Check Austin Energy’s outage map for updates or to report an outage.
The overnight rains soaked the Austin metro area with at least a half-inch of rain throughout Austin to almost 2 inches of rain so far in Williamson County. Rain gauges monitored by the Lower Colorado River Authority have reported these rainfall totals in the past 12 hours, as of 5 a.m.:
- 1.98 inches in Florence in northern Williamson County
- 1.94 inches near Burnet in Burnet County
- 0.93 inch near Thrall in eastern Williamson County
- 0.91 inch near Cedar Park in southern Williamson County
- 0.88 inch near Lago Vista in western Travis County
- 0.81 inch near Lakeway in western Travis County
- 0.7 inch near Pflugerville
- 0.64 inch at Bull Creek near Loop 360
Meanwhile, first responders scrambled overnight to tackle downed trees and power lines and a house fire.
At 3 a.m., firefighters worked to extinguish a tree fire after a transformer blew near Cherry Lane and Hopi Trail.
Around the same time, Austin police reported that power lines were down at City Park Road and FM 2222, Possum Trot Street and West 11th Street, and Parmer Lane at North Lamar Boulevard. Police also said fallen trees had blocked the following streets:
- South 1st Street near West William Cannon
- Woodward Street just north of Ben White Boulevard
- Wickersham Lane just south of Riverside Drive
- Carlow Drive
- Davis Lane just west of Manchaca Road
- Teri Road at Nuckols Crossing
- Hammock Drive at Burns Street
- the eastbound lane of 45th Street at North Lamar Boulevard
- the cul-de-sac at Hillbilly Lane and Rivercrest Drive
- South Pleasant Valley at Nuckols Crossing
- the southbound Interstate 35 service road near Parmer Lane
- West Koenig Lane near Guadalupe Street
- Alameda Drive just north of Live Oak Street
Drivers who encounter traffic light outages should treat the intersection as a four-way stop, Austin police said. Power outages reportedly had some traffic signals out, including at Ed Bluestein Boulevard and Loyola Lane.
In North Austin, Lightning struck the roof of a house near Parmer Lane, and the house caught fire, Austin fire officials said. Firefighters responded at 3:08 a.m. to the 12400 block of Knoll Ridge Drive, officials said. Flames were coming through the house’s eaves when firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported, officials said. Firefighters put out the fire by 3:16 a.m., and damage was contained to the roof.
The outlook for Wednesday calls for showers to continue before 7 a.m. Although the rain-cooled air has brought temperatures down to 62 degrees at Camp Mabry in Central Austin, daily high temperatures are still expected to climb to near 90 under partly sunny skies, the National Weather Service says. At night, skies should remain mostly clear and dry as the low temperature slips to around 63.
Rain chances linger on Thursday at around 20 percent, but mainly after 1 p.m., forecasters say. Otherwise Thursday should be mostly sunny with temperatures peaking near 88. By nightfall, rain chances go up to 30 percent, which will lead to muggy conditions. The increased cloud cover and humidity will keep nighttime low temperatures warm, with temperatures dropping only to around 72.
Another round of possibly severe storms is expected to arrive Friday. The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, the weather service says, under mostly cloudy skies with temperatures topping out near 86. South-southeast winds of 10 to 15 mph could include gusts as high as 20 mph. Thunderstorms are all but certain by Friday night, as rain chances jump to 70 percent.
Over the weekend, storms will continue to erupt across the Austin metro area on Saturday, delivering more heavy rainfall. But by Saturday night, the skies will clear and bring much cooler temperatures in the mid-60s, forecasters say. Sunshine returns on Sunday with temperatures rising to 82 degrees.