Parts of Highway 190 between Killeen and Copperas Cove in Central Texas have been closed off due to flooding and cars stalling. Cars are also reported as stalled in roadways in areas of Gatesville. The heavy rains from Tropical Storm Hermine are pouring on the Central Texas area, flooding streets in Bell and Coryell Counties, especially in Killeen.
As reported by local News Channel 25, some roadways are closed and residents in the Elms Road and Robinett Road areas were told to move their cars or they may float away. Lampasas DPS reports Highway 190 between Killeen and Copperas Cove was also shut down and traffic was being diverted to the frontage road.
Highway 84 exiting Gatesville also has high water, road flooding and stalled cars. Road closures were happening all night all over Central Texas, including many in the Austin area. As the grounds continue to saturate with an average of 2 inches per hour of rainfall, the runoff also begins to fill the low water crossings and cause more flooding and problems to residents.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine will continue to spread showers of moderate to heavy rain throughout the night and Coryell and Bell Counties are under a flash flood watch until Thursday morning.
Some of the heaviest rain will fall from Killeen to Hamilton and is predicted to spread north of I-20 after midnight eventually making its way into southern Oklahoma.
The American Red Cross reports hundreds of volunteers prepared to deploy to help during the flooding and other damage from Tropical Storm Hermine’s trek through Central Texas. The Red Cross is urging residents to use caution and to prepare a disaster kit. Authorities are also urging people to stay indoors in a safe location and not to drive when not necessary as well as to avoid flooded areas and not try to cross streets with standing water. Even the smallest amount of standing water can result in loss of vehicle control.
News Channel 25
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Weather Underground- Central Texas
Central Texas Red Cross