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June 15th, 2015
Soggy Central Texas under flash flood watch as tropical system approaches coast


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NEW BRAUNFELS — Twenty counties in still-saturated Central Texas — including Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe and Comal counties — are under a flash flood watch issued today by the National Weather Service as a formative tropical storm approaches the Gulf Coast.

The watch is in effect through 7 a.m. Thursday, June 18.

“High flash flooding and river flooding impacts could be possible mid-day Tuesday into Thursday morning from a landfalling tropical disturbance. Areas rivers and creeks will not be able to take much runoff before coming bank-full and over-topping,” the NWS bulletin states. “If rainfall amounts of six to eight inches or higher occur, river flooding impacts will remain through the next week or longer.”

Also Monday afternoon, a spokesperson announced that Gov. Greg Abbott elevated the activation level for the state’s emergency management operations center in anticipation of the tropical system.

“Any additional rainfall will exacerbate already saturated grounds, which could quickly lead to dangerous flash flooding and extended river flooding,” Abbott said in the statement.

“Current forecasts indicate the projected path of this tropical system is expected to begin impacting the Texas coast as early as Monday evening. Associated with this tropical system, there is the possibility of significant rainfall, flash flooding, large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes through at least Thursday,” the governor’s statement reads.

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