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Austin-area drenched by Friday evening storm

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The National Weather Service a Flash Flood Warning for Travis County which will last until 10:30 p.m.

Heavy rains and small to medium-sized hail has been reported through the Austin area and as far east as Manor. Between one and two inches fell throughout the area with isolated spots reporting up to three inches or more.

About 6,000 Austin Energy customers in Southeast Austin lost power, but the utility said all service should be restored by 10:45 p.m.

City crews closed several roads in Austin, mostly southwest and northeast of the city's core. Check for up-to-date road closure information.

Redd Street in South Austin was temporarily closed as well. A viewer reported flooding which was stalling all cars on the road.

Delays have been reported at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Check on your flight's status if you have a flight leaving soon.

Stay indoors for the time being, if possible. If you hear thunder, you are in risk of being struck by lightning.

If you must travel and you come across a flooded roadway, turn around. Flash floods kill more people in the Central Texas area than any other type of severe weather event. Water rescues are not only dangerous for drivers, but are severely risky for first responders.

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