After thunderstorms brought heavy rain to Central Texas last night, the area was issued a flash flood warning this morning.
Issued by the National Weather Service, the warning particularly effects Onion Creek at Hwy 183 and the Colorado River, including in Austin, Llano, Kingsland, Loop 360, Buda, Bastrop, Smithville and La Grange.
Rainfall reached up to 4 inches overnight in Austin with areas south of Austin seeing 3-10 inches of rain.
Measured rainfall amounts that have come in so far this morning. Big thanks to all of the observers who have sent in rainfall reports to us via @CoCoRaHS or other means. pic.twitter.com/CBCFsF7cnk
— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) October 14, 2021
The stormy weather will push eastward this morning and will move out of the Austin area by noon.
Some area schools delayed class start times, including some bus routes for Del Valle ISD and a two-hour delayed start for Hays CISD, among others south of Austin.
The final rain of a wet week will subside by tonight, according to NWS, bringing sunny skies for the weekend. Temperatures will also drop this weekend to the 50s on Friday night with highs in the 70s through Monday.
Sunday's severe weather threat is over for Austin but the next week is going to get thunderous—literally.
ACL festival-goers were largely spared from rainy weather but it looks like it will finally catch up on the city. Clouds are expected to take over the sky for a 40% chance of rain as evening closes in on Monday, with thunderstorms developing after midnight.
The remnants of what is currently Tropical Storm Pamela in the Pacific are forecast to move across the area Wed-Thu. This will bring a high chance for showers and storms to the region. There is an increasing concern for heavy rainfall that could lead to flooding. Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/p5NXsYkhdP
— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) October 11, 2021
Though it looks like it will be a wet week, temperatures are dropping to pleasant levels, remaining 90 degrees or cooler before a slight cold front hits on Saturday.
Tuesday is expected to bring scattered thunderstorms and cloudy skies all day with the chance of rain hovering between a 39-50% throughout the day.
Wednesday is expected to see a morning of on-and-off rain, clouds and sunshine though the chance of rain will increase to 70% in the evening, bringing potential for more severe storms.
Wednesday's rain seems like it will carry over into Thursday, which is expected to stay rainy into the afternoon.
The chance of rain tapers off around Friday with less than 25% rain all day. The next day, temperatures aren't expected to rise above 75 degrees and could drop down as low as 50 degrees.
Get out those sweaters!
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ACL goers and performers alike may have found their weekend trip extended on Sunday as they arrived at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to find that dozens of Southwest Airline flights had been canceled due to "disruptive weather."
The national airline cancelled 72 flights in Austin on Sunday and Monday morning and delayed 65 more, leaving weekend travelers stranded and forced to find alternate ways home during one of the airport's busiest weekends.
Hundreds of travelers in Austin, including ACL performer Maggie Rose, found themselves working through the issues for hours with backlogged customer service employees.
@SouthwestAir Stranded in Austin Texas after playing ACL. Would LOVE to talk with someone about our experience with you from the 48 hours ASAP. Spent too much time and money trying to find solution and the expense is ever-increasing, we love you guys but this is absolute chaos.
— Maggie Rose (@IAmMaggieRose) October 10, 2021
Many—including Austinites Jillianne, Laura and Heather, who told KVUE they drove 20 hours to Washington, D.C. to attend a wedding amid the chaos—spent hundreds or even thousands working to fix their traveling woes.
Nationwide, Southwest canceled or delayed well over 2,000 flights on Sunday—over 60% of its planned flights—and attributed the widespread chaos with air traffic control and bad weather conditions in a Twitter apology.
ATC issues and disruptive weather have resulted in a high volume of cancellations throughout the weekend while we work to recover our operation. We appreciate your patience as we accommodate affected Customers, and Customer Service wait times are longer than usual. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/o1scQJ5lLb
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) October 9, 2021
But some frustrated customers, many of whom saw near-sunny skies, thought the airlines' vaccine mandate for pilots may have been the culprit. Austin saw clear skies through Sunday afternoon but was hit with storms late Sunday night.
Travelers claimed that airline employees talked of a "sick-out" among pilots who refused to comply with the mandate.
Talked to some bartenders in Austin airport, Pilots are striking due to vaccine mandate. Place is a zoo with all the cancellations.
— yaphy (@yaphentologist) October 10, 2021
The "sick-out" theory, which has been unsubstantiated by the company, got the attention of conservative politicians including Senator Ted Cruz.
Joe Biden's illegal vaccine mandate at work!
Suddenly, we're short on pilots & air traffic controllers.#ThanksJoe https://t.co/wviOzLt7Iv
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 10, 2021
The airline denied the allegations in a press release on Saturday.
"We can say with confidence that our pilots are not participating in any official or unofficial job actions," the company said. "Our pilots will continue to overcome SWA management's poor planning, as well as any external operational challenges."
Regardless of the culprit, travelers going through the Austin airport are hoping to see some clearer communication and financial compensation as the nationwide travel turbulence begins to subside.
Stranded in Austin no thanks to @SouthwestAir. You need to do a lot better than offering me a pathetic $200 voucher for my canceled flight!!!
— Megan Murphy (@Vinca_minor84) October 10, 2021
But many, including Orange County resident Lisa Szal, are resigned to reschedule flights with other carriers as they await a hopeful refund.
Szal, who couldn't get access to a live agent for a refund on her flight early Monday morning, told Austonia she's jumping ship to American Airlines for weeks to come, including a conference trip to Colorado on Sunday.
"It's funny because I just thought, 'I don't have any faith that I'm even going to get there,'" Szal said. "So I booked another flight on American."
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ACL day 1 recap: Miley Cyrus plays all the 'bangerz,' Megan Thee Stallion fans twerk, MGK climbs high
Festival-goers were all smiles as Austin City Limits kicked off on Friday—especially when there was no rain. A delayed start, the day went off without a hitch with performances by headliners Machine Gun Kelly, Megan Thee Stallion, Miley Cyrus and George Strait.
Although the forecast called for rain, skies were clear most of the day, other than some short showers during Cyrus' set.
Here's what the day looked like:
8 p.m. Miley Cyrus puts on a rock-n-roll performance at the Honda stage
7:30 p.m. Megan Thee Stallion invites crowd members on stage and gets a surprise from Miley Cyrus for TwerkFest 2021
Bonfils kisses Spurlin's cheek, celebrating their shared birthday today. (Laura Figi/Austonia)
Madeline Bonfils and Jasmine Spurlin, Detroit natives, were in town for their shared birthday weekend and serendipitously grabbed tickers for the festival. The pair said seeing Stallion, with all of her body positivity and love for her fans, reminding them of home.
"It was all voluptuous women and Megan, she brings forth body positivity," Bonfils said. "I like that she brought people from the crowd onstage because that shows she's humble and that she's a human."
5:30 p.m. ‘Fit check!
Rebecca Hopkins drove from Houston to see the bands at ACL—day one is her all-tie dye outfit. Hopkins says she's most excited to see Bille Eilish, who she has seen several times.
“We do a lot of festivals so we're just happy to be back," Hopkins said.
Morgan Glass put on her grooviest outfit for her favorite performer, Miley Cyrus. The best part of her ensemble is that it comes in pairs—Glass is meeting up with a friend wearing the exact same outfit.
“Miley Cyrus, I've know her since watching Hannah Montana," Glass said. “I love her vibe, I love who she is. She's so free-spirited."
4:30 Machine Gun Kelly takes the Honda stage
3:30 p.m. Barton Springs West entrance attracting massive crowds
The entrance to the festival was backed up to South Lamar as of 3 p.m., so the entrance is not for the faint of heart. Though the forecast called for rain, there have been clear skies since 11 a.m.!
11:20 a.m: Updated schedule released
SCHEDULE UPDATE: Time changes have been made for today’s schedule. Gates open at 3pm. See you soon. pic.twitter.com/0uvgJ5hu0h— ACL Festival (@aclfestival) October 1, 2021
The updated schedule is up and several artists paid the price. Asleep at the Wheel, Audic Empire, Darkbird, Unusual Demont, Bexley, Claud, Primo the Alien; Nothing, Nowhere; Q and Nané were all cut from the lineup.
Fans were disappointed at the array of cancelations and some speculated that it would mean the entire festival will be canceled. It also seems the performances won't be rescheduled—Primo the Alien confirmed to Austonia that her set was canceled altogether.
10 a.m: Festival is delayed until 3 p.m.
Due to inclement weather overnight and impacts to Zilker Park, gates for the first day of ACL Fest will open at 3pm today. We look forward to seeing you this afternoon. Stay tuned for performance schedule updates. pic.twitter.com/Wju3pZsSCv— ACL Festival (@aclfestival) October 1, 2021
Delaying the festival means canceling several sets—stay tuned for lineup updates.
Clear skies are expected from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. but the rest of the day is looking like rainy skies. Keep your attire light, moisture-wicking and covered in a waterproof barrier for optimal comfort.
We'll be updating right here throughout the day
No judgment if you've waited until now to prepare! Before you head out, give our guides a quick read so you can get the most out of your wristband.
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