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A flash flood watch is in effect from 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, through Tuesday morning for the Edwards Plateau and the Texas Hill Country, including Burnet and Llano counties, announced the National Weather Service

Hazardous weather, including gusty winds and heavy rain, are forecast to begin Monday afternoon with temperatures dropping to around 80 by late afternoon. North winds of 10-15 mph are expected to diminish to about 5 mph around midnight. 

Excessive runoff and heavy rainfall could result in flooded rivers, creeks, and low-water crossings.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management has mobilized state resources to assist counties in case of flooding through the coming week.

Afternoon rain chances are at 90 percent. The area could receive between a quarter to a half inch of rain a day for the next few days.

Tuesday’s forecast includes cloudy skies and a continued chance of thunderstorms in the morning. Highs are predicted to be in the mid-80s with north winds of 5-10 mph. Rain chances remain at 70 percent. 

By Tuesday night, rain chances drop to 40 percent with lows in the lower 70s. 

Thunderstorm and rain chances continue through Saturday. By Sunday, Aug. 28, rain chances drop and the temperature increases to the lower 90s. 

Here are a few places for safety tips: 

  • Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center
  • Sign up for WarnCentralTexas.org, the emergency alert system in the Highland Lakes. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also provide emergency alerts.
  • Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains, or other areas — never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

For more flood safety tips, visit ready.gov.

editor@thepicayune.com