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Old 01-25-2012, 01:22 PM
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This rain was much needed but the intensity of the storm was a little too close for comfort..I live pretty close to the area in NE Austin where they suspected a tornado might have touched down. I'll have to wait till I get home to make sure everything is okay. A house in the next neighborhood over lost its roof and another lost its fence as well. Fortunately it seems like those office buildings were the only real major damages, and no fatalities reported
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:36 PM
Location: Austin, TX
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Originally Posted by Florinator View Post
Whoa, everything is bigger in Texas... including the storms! :-)

I woke up twice last night, even though I am a heavy sleeper, the first time around 2:30 AM. The house was shaking from the thunder, I could clearly hear the windows vibrating from the thunder. I was amazed. The frequent lightning made the backyard and the neighboring house look like they were all part of some massive laser show. I actually got some videos.

I only moved here about 3 months ago, but I don't remember seeing anything like this in the past, say, 20 years or so :-) It was quite intense... Do we get a lot of these? :-)
There's a saying in Texas:

"When it rains in Texas it never stops. When it stops it never rains."

That describes both the yearly and seasonal boom/bust cycle of rain/drought.
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:35 PM
Location: In a state of denial
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We got woke up around 4 a.m. with a transformer blowing up in our backyard. Lightening hit it and our power went out for an hour and half. Half the street had power and half didn't. I called it in to the city and about an hour later a crew came out. I thought it was a pretty good response time considering all the power outages in the city.
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by DianeV View Post
Grasshopper, is that a foot of water from last night only?
It is from the 24 hour period, so it would include the rain we had yesterday morning, too.

And OK, I have to admit that my first statement was a bit of an exaggeration. I just went out and measured, and the buckets are at about 6 inches. I guess I was excited about the rain. But they are flared at the top, so they are not a accurate. I bought a rain guage last week, but hadn't put it up. I guess I need to do that one of these days.

I'm sorry that some people had property damage. The thought crossed my mind last night that the storm was so intense, that flooding in some places was certainly a possibility. We moved into our house in April, and this was the first really intense night of rain since then, so I got up during the night and checked things to see that the house was doing OK (it was.) We had one clap of thunder that had me flying about a foot off my bed! It was really loud. It made me wonder if something close by had been hit by lightning, but I have heard no report of that.

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Old 01-25-2012, 05:39 PM
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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This is an interesting gallery of pictures chronicalling the flooding history of Austin. The 2001 pictures show flooding on Lamar that was between 6th and 12th streets. It was astounding. I had a friend who worked downtown near there and her car was floating. Crazy.

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Old 01-25-2012, 06:06 PM
Location: Washington
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Thanks, Grasshopper. That's still quite a bit of rain.

The Statesman has an article (blog) about the tornado that touched down last night. I am hoping this isn't common.
Update on damage from tornado in Northeast Austin
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:53 PM
Location: Austin
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Looks like more rain headed our way tonight.
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