Tropical Storm Hermine moved ashore, and plenty of tropical moisture moved into the Brazos Valley, bringing with it severe weather on Tuesday and more heavy rains Wednesday.
Wednesday Evening Update
Fortunately, the strong thunderstorms earlier this afternoon did not produce any significant damage in Brazos County, and the shower activity has really decreased early this evening. However, scattered showers are still possible overnight for Bryan/College Station and surrounding areas.
Another strong rainband is developing along the I-35 corridor where widespread flooding is still occurring from rains earlier today. For that reason, a Flash Flood Watch continues tonight for much of North and Central Texas, including Milam and Robertson Counties in the Brazos Valley.
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A strong thunderstorm is moving into Bryan-College Station from the East. Dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning, strong, gusty winds and heavy downpours are possible with this storm.
Wednesday Morning Update
As of 9am this morning, Dallas/Ft. Worth had already broken their daily record for rainfall with 3.22" falling in a nine hour span (12am - 9am) Waco at the same time reported a two day total of 8.06 inches. A retired National Weather Service employee located in Arlington gave a report of 9.83" of rain between Tuesday and 10am Wednesday morning as rain continued to fall.
Small scattered showers are dotted across the western side of the Brazos Valley with the bulk of our rain falling across Burleson and Milam Counties. Heavy, flooding rains continue to crawl slowly to the north through Dallas and the East side of Fort Worth. Flood Warnings are sprawled up and down I-35 still from Hillsboro to Austin with many road closures due to high water over roadways.
Flash Flood Watches continue for Robertson, Milam and Lee Counties until Thursday morning.
Flash Flood Watches for Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Madison, Montgomery, Robertson, Walker, Waller and Washington have been allowed to expire as of 5am Wednesday morning. That being said, with saturated grounds and the chance of scattered, heavy showers and storms this afternoon, should rain fall at a good rate there still could be a few isolated spots that see brief, flash flooding as a storm passes.
As Hermine holds on to Tropical Depression status, winds around the center of circulation have finally dropped off considerably since the storm first made landfall on Monday evening. As this system continues to downgrade, winds at its core remain sustained around 35mph.
Heavy rains, along with spotty flood warnings are extended from the center of this storm system through Dallas/Fort Worth and down the I-35 area through Austin to San Antonio, one location that was already hit hard by flooding rains as the center of this storm passed through on Tuesday.
This area of rain is slowly beginning to move towards the western portion of the area this morning as the main circulation continues it's slow crawl to the north and northeast. Heavy rains as of 4am were located across Lee, Milam, Robertson and Burleson Counties. After Tuesday's rains, ponding of water on the roadways is not out of the question for your morning commute, but as of this time no reports have come in of area roadways being closed due to high water.
A bit of good news is over the past few hours, rainfall rates have slowly decreased as it falls along I-35. That being said, more rain will greet you to start your morning and will be possible through Wednesday...some of which will have the potential to be heavy downpours at times.
Past Weather Updates From Tuesday
A Tornado Warning was in effect for Brazos county including Bryan-College Station. A possible tornado was reported in south College Station Tuesday morning. No damage has been reported and a touchdown has not been confirmed. Brief, small funnels are not uncommon with these kinds of tropical airmasses.
In the Brazos Valley, 1-3 inches of rain could fall in association with the tropical moisture moving from the storm as Hermine continues on its northward path, just to the west of our area. Localized areas could receive over 4 inches.
Tropical Storm Hermine made landfall along the Mexican coast at 8:30 Monday night, about 40 miles south of Brownsville.
Shortly after coming ashore, more than 30,000 homes lost power in south Texas.
An online outage map for electric provider AEP Texas says more than 26,000 homes in Cameron County. Some 4,400 homes in neighboring Willacy County were without power.
Rainfall totals of 4-8 inches will be possible in Mexico and South Texas, with isolated amounts of 12 inches possible.
For more on what's going on in the tropics, visit kbtx.com/hurricanes
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