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National Weather Service Warns High Risk of Flash Flooding

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The National Weather Service has issued a forecast identifying that the risk of flash flooding as well as river flooding today through Thursday morning remains “high” and that heightened awareness of all residents in South Central Texas, including the Texas Hill Country, is imperative.

Be Aware and Stay Safe

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To clarify, there are three basic cautions levels that are issued by the National Weather Service:

1) A WATCH-which means that residents in the affected areas ought to remain vigilant over the next day or two for rainfall that could lead to heavy flooding;

2) AN ADVISORY-which means flooding which may not be life-threatening but could affect your daily life and present dangers is still possible; and

3) A WARNING-which means flooding is imminent or already taking place.

Continued Heavy Rainfall Predicted

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There is a strong possibility of heavy rainfall in the area with totals forecast between 3 to 6 inches and some areas possibly seeing as much as 10 inches of rainfall in total, and due to the region already being saturated, the soil in some areas are unable to absorb this rainfall, and creeks, streams and rivers that are already filled to capacity will see the potential for flash flooding as a result.

Flash Flood Threat is Strong for Tuesday and Wednesday of this Week

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With multiple rounds of storms predicted, Paul Yura, San Antonio-Austin warning coordinator for the National Weather Service identified “It is too hard at this point to pinpoint times and locations or who or when the heaviest rain will occur. We do know that ongoing storms in the Hill Country early this afternoon will bring a flash flood threat already today and tonight.”

Flash Flood Watch Issued for the Hill Country

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 25:   Parts of the city are shown inundated after days of heavy rain on May 25, 2015 in Austin, Texas. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott toured the damage zone where one person is confirmed dead and at least 12 others missing in flooding along the Rio Blanco, which reports say rose as much as 40 feet in places, caused by more than 10 inches of rain over a four-day period. The governor earlier declared a state of emergency in 24 Texas counties.  (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)

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The chance of rain predicted daily by the National Weather Service from Tuesday through Saturday of this week for South Central Texas varies but does not diminish until Saturday itself, with that number dropping from 70 percent to 50 percent. Sunday will see less of a possibility at 40 percent. Again, a flash flood warning is issued by the National Weather Service when flooding is imminent or occurring in the affected warning area. In the meantime, a flash flood watch has been issued for much of Central Texas, including the Austin metro area, which includes Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties, along with the majority of the Hill Country.