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Severe storms blast Austin area with rain, hail

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YNN's Sebastian Roberts reports on how city agencies and residents reacted to heavy rains on Tuesday afternoon in the video above.

Update-- Barton Springs Pool is closed today because of flood waters. A reopening date has not yet been set.

There are still two small clusters of power outages around Lakeway and Sunset Valley. Fewer than 200 customers in each location are without electric.

Earlier-- Austin Energy reports 2,000 customers are currently without power, stemming from about 50 locations across the city which are currently in need of repair.

Ed Clark, spokesperson for Austin Energy, said 10 repair crews and six tree-trimming crews are will work "non-stop until power has been restored to all customers."

Clark asks all customers currently without power to call (512) 322-9100.

Flash flood watches are in effect for southern Burnet, NW Travis and Western Williamson counties until 7 p.m. and for Bastrop and eastern Caldwell counties until 7:30 p.m.

Here are the rain totals as of 6:30 p.m.:

3.85" Lakeway
3.78" Smithville
2.55" Barton Creek at Highway 71 near Oak Hill
2.54" West Austin (LCRA Redbud Center)
2.15" Spicewood
2.07" Jollyville
1.31" Downtown Austin
0.98" Lago Vista

Earlier-- A new Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Bastrop, Caldwell and Travis counties until 6:15 p.m. Also, a Flood Advisory is now in effect for Hays, Williamson and Travis Counties until 7 p.m.

Earlier-- There is now a severe thunderstorm watch for Hays County, Burnet County, Gillespie County, Caldwell County, Williamson County, Blanco County, Travis County and Bastrop County until 11 p.m. Tuesday.

There is also a severe thunderstorm warning now for northeast Blanco, south Burnet, southeast Llano, northwest Travis and west Williamson counties until 3:45 p.m.pm. This storm is moving southeast at 25 mph and has produced golf ball size hail in Kingsland.

YNN Burton Fitzsimmons reports large hail has been reported in the Marble Falls area.

Hail could reach the Austin area by 5 p.m.

How are you enjoying the much-needed wet weather? Tweet us your photos or post them on our Facebook wall.

Stay tuned to YNN’s weather page and Weather on the 8s for the latest forecasts.

Earlier -- They say April showers bring May flowers--a phrase which rang true for some Central Texans who woke up to a drizzly commute Tuesday.

Expect a 50 percent chance of rain through the afternoon, but by sunset, that number rises to 70 percent through Wednesday.

Then a weak cold front arrives into the area early Wednesday, dropping temperatures by about 10 degrees. A second batch of strong to severe storms could move into our area from the northwest by tomorrow evening, with another round of heavy downpours and potentially sizable hail.

In all, YNN Weather Team’s in-house computer model points to some 0.5 to 1.5 inches of accumulations here at home.

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