Watch a funnel cloud over Lake Travis fling debris

Severe storms ripped through Central Texas Sunday, leaving uprooted trees and roof damage in their wake.

Matt Comer, a Spicewood resident, captured a video of a funnel cloud formation over Lake Travis on Sunday. In the video, the circulation of air glides across the water and demonstrates its full power around the 30-second mark, when a piece of the roof of a boat dock appears to lift away and fall into the lake.

READ MORE: Lake Travis area receives brunt of storm, including suspected tornado

Point Venture, a resort town along Lake Travis, took an especially hard hit from the storm. Photos from the area show parts of the roof of the Gnarly Gar restaurant torn away from the wind, trees uprooted, windows broken and a large portion of a woman’s roof completely removed.

High wind whipped rain across the area and shook trees, while some Williamson County residents reported seeing small hail. Portions of northwest Travis County and southern Williamson County were under a tornado warning for a part of the morning.

 

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Storm damage prompted the popular lakeside restaurant The Oasis to shut down for the day.

PHOTOS: Heavy rain, strong winds leave Central Texas soaked, April 2, 2017

Insurer asks: How do Austin metro counties rank among stormiest in Texas?

Insurer asks: How do Austin metro counties rank among stormiest in Texas?

Central Texas took another beating from severe weather this past weekend, especially the Lake Travis area in western Travis County that saw what appeared to be a funnel cloud forming over the lake.

RELATED: Lake Travis receives brunt of Sunday storms

According to Travis County sheriff’s officials and neighbors, a tornado hit the Village of Point Venture on Lake Travis, tearing 50-year-old trees out of the ground in a nearby park and damaging property, including a golf course and restaurant. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

Only a few days earlier, a line of strong thunderstorms pelted Central Texas, producing widespread rainfall amounts of an inch to 1.5 inches.

The insurance company Allstate recently analyzed its own property-claims data and compiled a list of the 25 stormiest counties in Texas. The insurer identified its customer areas with highest frequencies of wind and hail, and lightning-related homeowner property damage claims from 2012 through 2016.

Among those Allstate customers reporting the highest frequency of wind and hail claims, Travis County ranked 15th out of the top 25; Hays County came in 17th; and Williamson was 23rd. Waco’s McLennan County was tucked in between Travis and Hays at 16th.

Allstate also looked at customers reporting the highest frequency of lightning claims and Williamson made the top 10 at 9th place; Hays ranked 11th; and Travis was 19th. Brazoria County on the Gulf Coast was in between Williamson and Hays at 10th.

 

Here’s the complete list of highest frequency of wind and hail claims:

1. Collin
2. Bexar
3. Hidalgo
4. Randall
5. Bell
6. Dallas
7. Tarrant
8. Denton
9. El Paso
10. Webb
11. Ellis
12. Kaufman
13. Johnson
14. Lubbock
15. Travis
16. McLennan
17. Hays
18. Montgomery
19. Harris
20. Parker
21. Fort Bend
22. Smith
23. Williamson
24. Midland
25. Brazoria

Here’s the complete list of highest frequency of lightning claims:
1. Smith
2. Montgomery
3. Jefferson
4. Kaufman
5. Parker
6. McLennan
7. Ellis
8. Johnson
9. Williamson
10. Brazoria
11. Hays
12. Denton
13. Harris
14. Fort Bend
15. Lubbock
16. Bell
17. Collin
18. Tarrant
19. Travis
20. Bexar
21. Galveston
22. Dallas
23. Webb
24. Hidalgo
25. Cameron

 

10 scenes out of last night’s Central Texas storm that kept you awake

A Union Pacific train derailed early Monday morning February 20, 2017 on Texas Highway 79 North of Thrall, TX. Severe thunderstorms and high winds may have caused the multiple cars to derail. Railroad crews will be on the scene throughout the day to remove the damaged cars. The remaining train was cleared and continued northward. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
A Union Pacific train derailed early Monday morning February 20, 2017 on Texas Highway 79 North of Thrall, TX. Severe thunderstorms and high winds may have caused the multiple cars to derail. Railroad crews will be on the scene throughout the day to remove the damaged cars. The remaining train was cleared and continued northward. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

If you managed to sleep through last night’s thunder, you might have been surprised to wake up to a drenched, wind-beaten Austin. Wind gusts from last night’s storms clocked in at 60-70 mph, had Williamson County on tornado watch and caused property damage throughout the area. Additionally, it derailed a train in Thrall.

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PHOTOS: Storms cause damage across Central Texas

Here’s a look at some of the damage in Austin and the surrounding area after last night’s storms:

Keep up with weather developments as they happen here.

A weekend of possible thunderstorms, bad luck

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This is one of those weekends when the sky could mess with a good time.

Numerous events of the kind usually held in late spring – the Untapped Festival, University of Texas softball, the high school state track and field championships, Jmblya 2016 Austin – will be under threat of thunderstorms. Saturday will actually be mostly sunny, but it also carries with it a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms and rain, according to the National Weather Service’s forecast on Friday night. By Saturday evening the weather should be mostly cloudy, with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Those odds of rain and thunderstorms rise to 50/50 on Sunday. Remember, a 50 percent chance of rain means that there are even odds that rain will fall on a given place during the 12-hour period.

(I’m giving a 20 percent chance of headlines along the lines of, “Rain doesn’t dampen the spirits of festival goers …”)

This has been a weird last six months — we miss you, Mark Murray! — and State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon says there is some evidence that Texas weather has gotten more extreme. But the severe weather that could hit Saturday is not out of character for Central Texas this time of year. May is the month with the most severe weather: thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes. And remember, Mercury is in retrograde, which could means this weekend is going to be unlucky or could mean absolutely nothing at all, depending on whether you believe astrologers or scientists.

Sick of the rain? Well, that’s understandable. The Highland Lakes, primary reservoirs in the Austin area, area nearly full, and the ground is saturated. But don’t get too used to it. Summer is probably also going to be mild. But this fall, when the El Niño weather pattern in the Pacific gives way to a La Niña, we could slip back to the days of the hot and dry.

Why green skies before a storm don’t always mean a tornado

Green skies are gonna clear up, put on a happy face …

Strong to severe storms are expected in the Austin metro area late Tuesday afternoon and evening. Large hail and damaging winds main threats but forecasters aren’t ruling out the possibility of a weak tornado.

You should stay inside during tonight’s storms. But if you’re out as they approach, or get caught in it, there is a chance — albeit small because it will be nighttime — that you could see something strange: green skies.

It’s a phenomenon so old that sailors from ancient Greece wondered about it, but it’s one that has been reported so often that meteorologists are certain it exists. But as far as the science of meteorology has progressed since ancient Athens’ heyday, it’s still not clear why the sky turns green, according to weather experts at Texas A&M’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

“The most popular theory is that thunderstorms contain a lot of water – often in the form of hail – and this water or ice tends to scatter green light during the strong updrafts that occur in severe storms,” said Brent McRoberts, a postdoctoral research assistant in the atmospheric science department. “That’s why many people say the sky appears green right before a hailstorm.”

The sky can also turn green before a tornado, McRoberts said. Green skies do not necessarily mean a tornado, though, and they may or may not contain hail. But they are almost always a sign that bad weather is on the way, said McRoberts, adding that the main point to keep in mind with green skies is: “You should take cover immediately.”

CaptureThe Statesman’s Amanda O’Donnell posted a blog earlier this month about how drone video taken near Wylie, where grapefruit-sized hail caused severe damage to many homes and vehicles earlier this week, made social media users curious about the strange color of the clouds. The Weather Channel reported that the green glow was from hail about to fall.

 

Watch: 35 tornadoes hit Texas, Gulf states, Virginia, Carolinas

At least six of the 35 tornadoes to have touched down in the Gulf Coast states, the Carolinas and Virginia in the last few days were rated EF2 or stronger. This includes two tornadoes, one in Convent, Louisiana and one in County, Mississippi, which proved deadly. The area has been ravaged by severe weather this past week, the Weather Channel reports, with over 300 reports of wind damage and strong wind gusts reported to the Storm Prediction Center as of Thursday morning. This is the most reports to have been submitted in a 24-hour period since July 2015. According to Weather Underground meteorologist Bob Henson, the past two days have been the deadliest (with four people reported dead by the Associated Press) from tornadoes in Virginia since 2011’s Superoutbreak.

via The Weather Channel
via The Weather Channel

Additional tornadoes are expected later Thursday. Emergencies have been declared in several Southern states including, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Although Austin is currently expecting cooler, more winter-like temperatures, we can expect to be back in the 70s come this weekend. Check out today’s Austin weather forecast here.