Ongoing thunderstorms and torrential rain have resulted in flooding and power outages in east and central Texas as of Tuesday, May 7. Up to 38 cm (15 in) of rain fell in some parts of the Houston metropolitan area with around 7.5 cm (3 in) recorded as of 21:30 (local time) in and around Austin. River and flash flooding warnings were issued by the US National Weather Service for the Austin and Houston areas and local emergency personnel are reporting major road closures. Significant traffic disruptions are possible throughout both metropolitan areas. Heavy rainfall is expected to persist in the coming hours along with high water levels and continued flooding.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. road closures, evacuations), anticipate power outages and transportation disruptions, including dangerous driving conditions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products; items having come into contact with floodwater should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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