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South Texas Heavy Rain and Flooding Event - May 13th, 2015


Infrared Satellite Loop of morning thunderstorms - 05/13/15

A slow moving front along with abundant moisture and an upper level disturbance produced widespread heavy rain across many areas of South Texas on May 13th, 2015. On average, 3 to 4 inches of rain fell during the morning of the 13th on the south side of Corpus Christi including Flour Bluff, North Padre Island, and Mustang Island. The Agua Dulce to Orange Grove area received 4 to 5 inches of rain during the morning. However, the heaviest rainfall fell in an area just north of Freer to just west of Clegg. Within this area, as much as 6 to 8 inches of rainfall fell during the morning and afternoon hours on the 13th. This rainfall came on the heels of another heavy rain event, that occurred in the previous 24 to 48 hours. 3-day rainfall totals exceeded 10 inches in portions of Flour Bluff and 8 to 10 inches across many areas of Duval county. Since January 1st, 2015 Corpus Christi has received 23.53 inches of rainfall. This is the highest rainfall total ever recorded for Corpus Christi for the period January 1 through May 14!

This additional heavy rain, on top of the prior heavy rain that occurred 24 to 48 hours earlier, produced flooding in many communities of South Texas on the 13th. Saturated soils, swollen ditches and nearly full creeks left no where for the water to go. Many streets and subdivisions in Corpus Christi were flooded. Some roads were even closed for a portion of the day. Many Corpus Christi schools delayed classes due to the widespread flooding. Similar conditions occurred in Orange Grove, Agua Dulce, and Freer. In fact, flooding in Agua Dulce lingered through the morning of the 14th.

Several thunderstorms throughout the morning and afternoon hours exhibited signs of rotation. This was due to adequate turning of the winds in the lowest several thousand feet of the atmosphere. There were several reported funnel clouds across the area. One unconfirmed brief tornado touchdown was reported around 20 miles southwest of Freer in northern Webb county at 626 PM CDT.

KCRP Radar Loop - 709 PM CDT May 12 through 528 PM CDT May 13, 2015
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CORPUS CHRISTI TX
1036 AM CDT THU MAY 14 2015

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0518 AM     MARINE TSTM WIND 2 NNW PADRE ISLES COUNT 27.63N 97.24W
05/13/2015  M39.00 MPH       NUECES             TX   MESONET

            PACKERY CHANNEL TCOON SITE MEASURED GUST OF 34.2 KTS

0704 AM     WATER SPOUT      2 ESE FLOUR BLUFF       27.65N 97.26W
05/13/2015                   NUECES             TX   PUBLIC

            PUBLIC REPORTED A WATERSPOUT NORTH OF PITA ISLAND

0710 AM     FUNNEL CLOUD     FLOUR BLUFF             27.65N 97.30W
05/13/2015                   NUECES             TX   BROADCAST MEDIA

            FUNNEL CLOUD REPORTED NEAR FLOUR BLUFF AREA.

0712 AM     FLASH FLOOD      2 E KINGS CROSSING GOLF 27.65N 97.37W
05/13/2015                   NUECES             TX   NWS EMPLOYEE

            MAJOR STREET FLOODING REPORTED NEAR KINGS CROSSING

0730 AM     FLASH FLOOD      CORPUS CHRISTI          27.71N 97.29W
05/13/2015                   NUECES             TX   BROADCAST MEDIA

            FLOODING REPORTED MULTIPLE LOCATIONS AROUND THE CITY OF
            CORPUS CHRISTI.

0730 AM     FLASH FLOOD      4 S CORPUS CHRISTI      27.69N 97.42W
05/13/2015                   NUECES             TX   BROADCAST MEDIA

            FLOODING REPORTED ON MULTIPLE LOCATIONS AROUND THE CITY
            OF CORPUS CHRISTI MAINLY ON THE SOUTH SIDE.

0842 AM     FLASH FLOOD      7 S CORPUS CHRISTI      27.60N 97.29W
05/13/2015                   NUECES             TX   EMERGENCY MNGR

            STAPLES STREET IS CLOSED AT THE OSO CREEK BRIDGE DUE TO
            FLOOD WATERS.

0907 AM     FLOOD            9 E ALICE               27.76N 97.92W
05/13/2015                   NUECES             TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            WATER OVER FARM TO MARKET 655 NEAR THE JIM WELLS AND
            NUECES COUNTY LINE.

0915 AM     FLASH FLOOD      ORANGE GROVE            27.96N 97.94W
05/13/2015                   JIM WELLS          TX   EMERGENCY MNGR

            ORANGE GROVE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT REPORTED WATER IN A
            COUPLE OF HOMES IN TOWN.

0917 AM     FLASH FLOOD      5 N BANQUETE            27.88N 97.80W
05/13/2015                   NUECES             TX   EMERGENCY MNGR

            FARM TO MARKET 666 TO ALEGRE LANE CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING.


0920 AM     FLASH FLOOD      8 NE BANQUETE           27.89N 97.70W
05/13/2015                   NUECES             TX   EMERGENCY MNGR

            COUNTY ROAD 101 TO COUNTY ROAD 48 CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING.


0930 AM     FLASH FLOOD      1 S SANDIA              28.00N 97.88W
05/13/2015                   JIM WELLS          TX   EMERGENCY MNGR

            FLOWING WATER ACROSS ROADWAY ON STATE HWY 359. NUMEROUS
            OTHER COUNTY ROADS FLOODED IN ORANGE GROVE AREA.

0930 AM     FLASH FLOOD      2 NE ORANGE GROVE       27.98N 97.92W
05/13/2015                   JIM WELLS          TX   BROADCAST MEDIA

            FACEBOOK VIDEO ON MEDIA SITE SHOWS FLASH FLOODING OF
            CREEK NEAR INTERSECTION OF CR 355 AND CR 357.

0936 AM     FLASH FLOOD      10 NW BANQUETE          27.91N 97.91W
05/13/2015                   JIM WELLS          TX   EMERGENCY MNGR

            COUNTY ROAD 95 AND FARM TO MARKET 624 CLOSED DUE TO
            FLOODING.

0956 AM     FLASH FLOOD      11 S CORPUS CHRISTI     27.59N 97.42W
05/13/2015                   NUECES             TX   EMERGENCY MNGR

            FARM TO MARKET 2444 CLOSED FROM COUNTY ROAD 41A TO COUNTY
            ROAD 41 DUE TO FLOODING

1000 AM     FLASH FLOOD      4 SE ORANGE GROVE       27.91N 97.89W
05/13/2015                   NUECES             TX   EMERGENCY MNGR

            ORANGE GROVE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT HELPED A GENTLEMAN FROM
            HIS TRAILER DUE TO HIGH WATER ON FM1833.

1110 AM     FLASH FLOOD      1 S FREER               27.87N 98.62W
05/13/2015                   DUVAL              TX   EMERGENCY MNGR

            6 INCHES OF WATER ON HIGHWAY 59 JUST SOUTH OF FREER.

1118 AM     FUNNEL CLOUD     3 E FREER               27.88N 98.57W
05/13/2015                   DUVAL              TX   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

            OFF DUTY FIRE OFFICIAL WITNESSED FUNNEL DESCEND FROM WELL
            DEVELOPED WALL CLOUD.

0405 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     5 SE VICTORIA           28.77N 96.92W
05/13/2015                   VICTORIA           TX   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

            FIRE MARSHALL IN VICTORIA REPORTED BRIEF FUNNEL CLOUD
            NEAR VICTORIA AIRPORT FM 1686 AND GIN ROAD. BRIEFLY
            TOUCHED DOWN FOR ABOUT 30 SECONDS THEN WENT BACK UP.

0626 PM     TORNADO          20 SW FREER             27.68N 98.85W
05/13/2015                   WEBB               TX   AMATEUR RADIO

            BRIEF TOUCHDOWN...BUT BASE IS STILL ROTATING
 
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