Neighboring cities to Austin saw tornados bring damage to homes, businesses and vehicles on Monday evening as a wave of storms passed through Central Texas.
Tornadoes were confirmed in multiple counties, including Round Rock, Elgin, Jarrell and Hutto. No injuries have been reported in these areas so far. Damages will be assessed on Tuesday.
Williamson County experienced two separate tornadoes, County Judge Bill Gravell confirmed. The first tornado hit the ground at I-35 and Texas 45 in Round Rock and passed through Kalahari Resort, damaging vehicles in the parking lot before heading to Granger.
The second tornado started northwest of Jarrell, damaging buildings. The tornadoes are confirmed to have touched down in Taylor, Elgin and Hutto. Down south, five tornadoes were also confirmed in Bexar, Comal and Guadalupe counties.
Like a scene out of a movie. pic.twitter.com/eXgYaJQEOj
— Dominique Newland (@domnewlandtv) March 21, 2022
Storm damage sent to me from a friend in Round Rock #TxWxpic.twitter.com/3eDJyGQNOu
— Spring Training .P-Nav. (@PNav57) March 21, 2022
More than 9,500 Oncor customers in Williamson County were without power as of 11:25 p.m. Monday, down from 18,000 around 7 p.m.
Gov. Greg Abbott spoke from Georgetown on Monday night, saying reaffirmed that the county was already under a disaster declaration due to wildfires.
"We will do everything we need to, to make sure that the citizens of Round Rock that have been impacted by this, we get them the help that they need," Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said.
Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.