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67 mph winds, flash flooding and power outages: Severe thunderstorm hits Austin

A severe thunderstorm hit the Hill Country Friday evening, but the holiday weekend forecast is looing up. (Pexels)

A severe thunderstorm hit Austin Friday evening, bringing sheets of rain wind gusts of up to 67 miles per hour and isolated flooding at some low water crossings.



Austin-Travis County EMS responded to five water rescues, Austin Energy reported around 30,000 customers lost power and the city's transportation department tweeted that dozens of traffic signals were impacted.

Austin Energy has restored power to most of those affected. As of 8:40 a.m., around 10,500 customers were still experiencing outages across the city.

District 10 Council Member Alison Alter tweeted that she spoke with COO Sidney Jackson Saturday morning. "They mobilized a fresh set of crews at 5 am and if the storm stays away they are optimistic for the rest of us," she wrote.

The Central Texas region has a history of Memorial Day storms, including a 2015 flooding event that saw up to 13 inches fall in southern Blanco County, devastating the city of Wimberley.

But this year's forecast is looking up. The severe thunderstorm warning is no longer in effect, and this morning's rain is expected to give way to sunny skies this afternoon, according to local weather reports.

The long weekend forecast is also brighter than last night's active weather would suggest, with forecasted temperatures in the mid-80s and the possibility of spotty showers in the afternoons.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway