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Severe weather causes problems across Austin area

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TWC News: Severe weather causes problems across Austin area
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Heavy rain and lightning across the Travis and Williamson counties is causing an array of problems for the Austin area.

All of Round Rock is under voluntary evacuation. A temporary shelter was established in the Clay Madsen Rec Center at 1600 Gattis School Road. It has since closed as the water is now receding.

Many roads across the area are closed. For a list of closures in Williamson County, click here. For roads closed in Austin, click here.

There have been at least nine swift water rescues in the Austin area caused by quickly rising water. One person from a water rescue on South Pleasant Valley Road was transported to St. David’s Hospital in Downtown Austin by EMS. This was the only injury reported.

The storm has knocked out power to thousands of Austin Energy customers. The utility has an up-to-date map of the outages on its website here.

Ed Clark with Austin Energy said that as of 10 p.m., about 800 customers were still without power. At the storms peak, power outages affected about 5000 Austin Energy customers.

High winds from the storm have flipped six boats on Lake Travis off of the Emerald Point Marina, according to the National Weather Service.

It’s not known how large the boats are or if the weather has caused any injuries in that area. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP