Storms close roads, kill power

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Storms blew into Austin County late Thursday, soaking already saturated ground until it could absorb no more.  The rain flooded a number of streets around the County, hampering Memorial Day travel and bringing back memories of mid-April.

Late Thursday morning, The National Weather Service Advanced Hydraulic Service forecast the Brazos River north of San Felipe Texas will crest at 129.1 feet by 8 a.m. Saturday, six feet above flood stage. Local authorities advise all residents who reside in the Brazos River Bottom and low lying areas to evacuate immediately. The Red Cross is prepared to set up a shelter at the Sealy Knights of Columbus Hall, 1390 Highway 90 West if and when necessary.

The Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative reported Friday morning that as of 4:30 a.m., their grid had 382 power outages affecting 9,674 members.  The Electric Co-op services parts of northern Austin County.

Some schools districts closed up shop due to the weather, extending the long holiday weekend.  The closures of schools in Brenham, Waller County and Hempstead were even mentioned on national cable news outlets Friday morning.

Road conditions were more sporadic than April, but there were some covered by water and some full-on outages.  TxDOT is maintaining a live database of closures at www.DriveTexas.org.

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