REPORTS: Damaging Storms Slam Texas With Major Flooding, Tornadoes

By By Kevin Byrne, Staff Writer
May 27, 2015, 10:25:04 AM EDT

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As of 6:45 a.m. CDT, this blog is no longer active. Archived reports from the storm can be found below. Click here for more photos and the storm recap.

Severe storms continue to impact portions of the southern Plains after erupting over the region on Monday afternoon.

Damaging wind gusts and flash flooding are the most widespread concerns, although a few tornadoes are also possible.

"A bow of severe storms will continue to push east, bringing damaging winds in excess of 65 mph, large hail, flash flooding and tornadoes," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root.

Flash flooding may turn out to be the most dangerous impact, creating life-threatening conditions. On Monday evening, a dam ruptured in Bastrop, Texas, sending an unrelenting wave of water downstream, flooding roads and forcing water rescues to be conducted.


UPDATES: (All times listed in CDT)

6:25 a.m. CDT Tuesday: Flash flooding continues to cause severe travel problems this morning in Houston:

6:04 a.m. CDT Tuesday: More than 60,000 are still without power in the Houston area, CenterPoint Energy said.

5:41 a.m. CDT Tuesday: Lightning may have caused a fire at a Houston apartment complex:

5:20 a.m. CDT Tuesday: All schools and district offices in Houston are closed today.

4:57 a.m. CDT Tuesday: A 68 mph wind gust occurred 12 miles northwest of the Lakefront Airport in Louisiana, according to Mesonet.

4:12 a.m. CDT Tuesday: Houston METRO has suspended all transportation services for the morning due to the severe weather and flooding, according to ABC13 Houston. This included park and rIde buses, light rail and MetroLift

3:15 a.m. CDT Tuesday: A line of gusty thunderstorms is approaching New Orleans. Wind gusts past 50 mph and some urban flooding should be anticipated.


2:51 a.m. CDT Tuesday: Strong thunderstorms that moved through Jackson, Mississippi brought gusty winds that blew down some trees, according to law enforcement.

2:27 a.m. CDT Tuesday: The flash flood emergency has been expanded to include all of downtown Houston.
2:21 a.m. CDT Tuesday: Major flooding continues in Houston.
1:28 a.m. CDT Tuesday: The highest rainfall totals around Houston are approaching the 1-foot mark.

1:20 a.m. CDT Tuesday: The line of gusty thunderstorms in the south continues to march eastward with Jackson, Mississippi, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, next in line to experience gusty winds and heavy downpours.


1:15 a.m. CDT Tuesday: Some basketball fans remain in the Toyota Center in Houston waiting for the weather to clear following Monday night's Houston Rockets game.

1:00 a.m. CDT Tuesday: Flashes of lightning helped there be enough light for these photos of flooding to be taken in Houston.
12:45 a.m. CDT Tuesday: More than 73,000 electric customers are without power in Houston.
12:40 a.m. CDT Tuesday: The flash flood emergency near Houston has been expanded. More than 1.5 million people live in the warned area.

12:28 a.m. CDT Tuesday: A line of heavy, gusty thunderstorms is reaching from western Mississippi to coastal Texas and is expected to push eastward though the overnight hours.


11:54 p.m. CDT Monday: More rain has fallen in Buffalo Bayou, Texas, than they typically receive in all of May!

11:35 p.m. CDT Monday: The White Oak Bayou at Houston shot up nearly 20 feet in 75 minutes with the water level still rising, according to the National Weather Service.


11:24 p.m. CDT Monday: Lightning allowed a glimpse of the flash flooding occurring near Houston.

11:05 p.m. CDT Monday: Lightning has sparked a house fire in El Dorado, Arkansas, according to Law Enforcement.

10:57 p.m. CDT Monday: A flash flood emergency is now in place just west of downtown Houston. This is a very dangerous and life-threatening situation.
10:40 p.m. CDT Monday: What the Bastrop State Park dam looks like after the breach.

10:32 p.m. CDT Monday: Multiple water rescues are underway in Houston with creeks coming out of their banks, said a National Weather Service trained spotter.

10:28 p.m. CDT Monday: Significant flooding is occurring in parts of Houston due to persistent torrential downpours.
10:23 p.m. CDT Monday: Thunderstorms over Houston may impact those heading home from the Houston Rockets game.

10:18 p.m. CDT Monday: At least one person is dead from a tornado that tracked just west of Cameron, Texas, said Milam County officials. This same tornado also injured three people and destroyed four homes.

10:06 p.m. CDT Monday: Lightning from the storm moving into Houston.

9:47 p.m. CDT Monday: A line of severe thunderstorms moving into Houston is capable of producing damaging wind gusts and flash flooding.


9:25 p.m. CDT Monday: Water rescues continue due to the flooding caused by the dam rupture in Bastrop, Texas.
9:22 p.m. CDT Monday: Flooding has been a major issue downstream from the breach in the dam in Bastrop, Texas.
9:15 p.m. CDT Monday: The late that was once behind the dam at Bastrop State Park is now almost completely empty.
9:10 p.m. CDT Monday: Earlier in the evening, a dam ruptured near Bastrop, Texas, located east of Austin.
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6:20 p.m. CDT Monday: Flooding in Austin, Texas.
5:43 p.m. CDT Monday:
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5:26 p.m. CDT Monday: Hail measuring 4.5 inches reported near Netawaka, Kansas, NWS reports.

5:22 p.m. CDT Monday:

4:44 p.m. CDT Monday: Twitter user @wxjoe captured an image of this tornado-warned cell near Wichita, Kansas.

4:40 p.m. CDT Monday: Strong winds of up to 70 mph moving towards, Franklin Texas, the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, reports.

4:25 p.m. CDT Monday: Powerful winds coming to Calvert and Hearne, Texas.
4:16 p.m. CDT Monday: Strong wind gusts near Freemount, Kansas.
4:04 p.m. CDT Monday: Flooding reported throughout the city of Austin, Texas.

3:41 p.m. CDT Monday: More than 24,700 Oncor customers without power in Texas the utility reports.


3:18 p.m. CDT Monday: Damage reported to homes from the tornado near Blue, Oklahoma.

3:03 p.m. CDT Monday: A National Weather Service trained spotter reports a tornado near Blue, Oklahoma.

2:59 p.m. CDT Monday: A funnel cloud was reported near Georgetown, Texas.

2:40 p.m. CDT Monday: Residents in the city of Denison, Texas, should take shelter immediately.

2:37 p.m. CDT Monday: Severe storms approaching the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


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