Heavy rain have returned to Texas this past weekend. It was indeed scary as it happened on Halloween. It is the second storm to hit Texas in a weekend in October. First it struck Central Texas with heavy rain as high as 17 inches in a short time! Many rivers flooded. The storms fire up and hit Southeast Texas dumping up to 16 inches of rain causing more floods on super saturated grounds from the previous weekend’s rain.
To make matters worse, there were multiple tornado touchdowns in the storms. The strongest was an EF-2, which has winds of up to 135 mph. That is equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane. Most of the tornadoes were in Brazoria County. They also had the strongest tornadoes reported.
Here is a GIS map of 7 day rainfall total.
The heaviest rain fell around San Marcos and Southern Travis County including Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, which saw 15 inches of rain. It is one of the highest rainfall measured in Austin. For Southeast Texas, the heaviest rain fell over Liberty County and Eastern Harris County. 12 to 16 inches of rain fell. Many areas in Houston saw 5 to 12 inches of rain, which is impressive.
Wonder what the past two week total has been?
Many areas have seen over 5 inches of rain. The highest is 28 inches of rain. That is Navarro County, where some areas around Corsicana saw over 20 inches of rain! Some areas in the Houston area saw up to 25 inches of rain, mainly in Eastern Harris County and Liberty County.