Hail storm bearing down on Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Large hail and heavy rain began pelting the Texas Hill Country on Tuesday afternoon and made its way to Austin just in time for the evening traffic rush.

“Wicked hail storm outside of the Kingsland Massage Garage in Kingsland had drivers seeking cover in a nearby car wash and hunkered down in their cars for more than 20 minutes today,” one viewer said in an email to KXAN around 3 p.m

In Marble Falls, KXAN got a report that hail was piling up like snow and people were concerned about property being damaged. At Marble Falls High School, rain and hail came down as if someone was dumping five-gallon buckets from the rooftops. To watch, click on the video box above.

At least one Marble Falls car dealership reported that some vehicles were damaged by the hail.

Steady rain and rumbles of thunder rolled into Central Austin just after 5 p.m. But the system appeared to have shed the hail component as it moved through the metro region. Still, the worst of the rain was expected to hit Downtown Austin at the thick of the evening rush.

The hail and rain came as part of a storm system that greeted Central Texas on Tuesday morning and was said to be about the size of quarters and, in some cases, golf balls.

It came as part of a storm system that greeted Central Texas on Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Travis County and much of the surrounding areas. It was to remain in effect unto 11 p.m.

Austin Energy, meanwhile, put repair crews standing by for approaching storm activity. Austin Energy customers should report power outages to 322-9100.

By 5 p.m., the city owned utility said it had two outages with 16 customers affected in the 183 Anderson Mill area.

While the showers were welcome for rain-starved Central Texas, but they did make the morning commute a bit of a challenge for a number of motorists.

Hilly roads, like West Martin Luther King Boulevard, looked like a skating rink as cars and trucks slip-slided

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