Weather Was A Factor In 7-Car I-35 Pileup; More Rain Possible

(May 27, 2014) Another round of storms produced heavy rain Tuesday night in parts of Central Texas that played a role in a seven-vehicle pileup on Interstate 35 that sent three people to a local hospital.

(Photo by Sara Humphrey)

It appeared that vehicles hydroplaned on the northbound Interstate at Moonlight Drive in Robinson.

The accident blocked the northbound lanes of the highway.

A second, three-vehicle accident, blocked the off ramp just before the 325 exit, the Texas Department of Transportation said.

A flash flood watch was in effect until 11 p.m. Tuesday that included Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Lampasas, Limestone, McLennan, Mills, Navarro and San Saba Counties in Central Texas.

Severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings were issued through early evening for some western counties.

The rain may not be over for several more days.

There’s at least a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms again Wednesday and Wednesday night, and a slight chance of rain remains in the forecast through the weekend.

At the start of the day Tuesday areas of Central and Southeast Texas were under watches as thunderstorms move across the state.

Drought-stricken Lubbock got more than 5 inches of rain over the weekend, putting it slightly ahead of normal rainfall for the year.

The official Central Texas rainfall total through 7 a.m. Tuesday was .99 inch, but heavier rain fell elsewhere including Milam County, where Thorndale recorded 4.55 inches and Cameron had received 4.17 inches.

Jewett had received 2.04 inches by 7 a.m. Tuesday, the Killeen area 1.42 inches, San Saba 1.65 inches, the Gatesville area .65 inches, and the Copperas Cove area had received 1.38 inches.

(Photo by Sara Humphrey)