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South Texas Heavy Rain, Flooding, and Severe Weather Event - May 15th, 2015

Infrared Satellite Loop - 05/15/15

Persistent abundant moisture over the region along with a potent upper level disturbance created another severe weather and heavy rain event across South Texas on May 15. Around day-break, storms moved into La Salle and McMullen counties where wind damage was reported near Woodward. The storms continued to the east and drifted southward with widespread 2 to 3 inches of rain across La Salle, McMullen, Live Oak and Bee counties. The strengthening line of storms also produced an occasional rotation signal on radar. As the storms approached the coast they were tapping into even more moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and expanded into a strong squall line. Several weak rotation signatures occurred along the leading edge of the squal line and may have produced brief spinups. 3 injuries did occur during this event when a construction trailor flipped and a construction site near Gregory in San Patricio county.

We do know that one weak tornado was caught on a cell phone camera in northern Duval county west of San Diego. A storm survey also confirmed a tornado on the South Side of Corpus Christi near the intersection of Yorktown and Rodd Field Rd. The damage was primarily confined to a business on Doberman St. A large tree was blown onto a car, an outbuilding was heavily damaged and the main building of the business had some flashing peeled back below the roof line. Below are a couple of pictures of the damage at this site as well as a radar image.

Flash flooding was also a major issue across much of the coastal bend and brush country as soils were already saturated and as much as 4 inches of additional rain fell. Numerous roads were closed in every county from Live Oad and Jim Wells eastward to the coast. Some of the worst flooding occurred in George West and Beeville.

KCRP Radar Loop - 5 AM through 4 PM CDT May 15
May 15 Rainfall

6-day rainfall map ending early May 16th. A large portion of the area saw more than 5 inches of rain in this 6-day period. A number of locations with 8-12 inches.

6-day Rainfall
Beeville Flooding Beeville HS Practice Field Bishop Flooding Roof From Storage Shed in Bishop Shelf Cloud Over Corpus Christi Bay Damage on South Side of Corpus Christi Tree Limb Down on Car Tree Damage Tree Damage in Corpus Christi George West Flooding George West Flooding George West Flooding George West Flooding Funnel Cloud Near Gregory Funnel Cloud Near Gregory Funnel Cloud Near Gregory
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CORPUS CHRISTI TX
547 AM CDT SAT MAY 16 2015

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

0640 AM     TSTM WND DMG     2 N COTULLA             28.47N 99.24W
05/15/2015                   LA SALLE           TX   EMERGENCY MNGR

            2 BARNES DESTROYED, 3 TREES UPROOTED, MANY BRANCHES
            BROKEN.

0645 AM     TSTM WND DMG     WOODWARD                28.53N 99.29W
05/15/2015                   LA SALLE           TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            DEPUTY REPORTED THUNDERSTORM WIND DAMAGE AT THE WOODWARD
            AREA.

0814 AM     FLASH FLOOD      1 NW COTULLA            28.45N 99.25W
05/15/2015                   LA SALLE           TX   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

            COTULLA FIRE DEPT AND SPOTTER REPORTED HIGH WATER ON FM
            468 JUST NORTHWEST OF COTULLA.

1058 AM     FLASH FLOOD      THREE RIVERS            28.47N 98.18W
05/15/2015                   LIVE OAK           TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            FLOODING AT ST. MARYS AND MOZART STREET IN THREE RIVERS.
            ROAD BARRACADED.

1058 AM     FLASH FLOOD      GEORGE WEST             28.33N 98.12W
05/15/2015                   LIVE OAK           TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            FLOODING AT BURLESON AND COLORADO STREETS IN GEORGE WEST.
            ROADS BARRACADED.

1115 AM     FLASH FLOOD      12 WSW ENCINAL          27.97N 99.54W
05/15/2015                   WEBB               TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            LAW ENFORECEMNT IS REPORTING HIGHWAY 83 IS BEING CLOSED
            JUST NORTH OF THE BORDER PATROL CHECKPOINT, NEAR THE
            HIGHWAY 44 INTERCHANGE, DUE TO SEVERAL FEET OF WATER OVER
            THE ROADWAY. LOCAL CREEKS ARE ALSO IN FLOOD.

1118 AM     TORNADO          5 N ROSITA              27.85N 98.42W
05/15/2015                   DUVAL              TX   BROADCAST MEDIA

            VIDEO FROM MEDIA FACEBOOK PAGE CONFIRMED BRIEF TORNADO
            TOUCH DOWN IN OPEN FIELD.

1133 AM     FLASH FLOOD      13 SSE COTULLA          28.26N 99.15W
05/15/2015                   LA SALLE           TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            FM 624 IS CLOSED FROM HIGHWAY 16 TO COTULLA DUE TO WATER
            OVER ROAD.

1214 PM     FLASH FLOOD      BEEVILLE                28.41N 97.75W
05/15/2015                   BEE                TX   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SEVERAL CITY STREETS IN BEEVILLE ARE FLOODED WITH STALLED
            VEHICLES.

1227 PM     TSTM WND DMG     BISHOP                  27.58N 97.80W
05/15/2015                   NUECES             TX   EMERGENCY MNGR

            BARN ROOF BLOWN ONTO HIGHWAY 77.

1228 PM     TSTM WND GST     EDROY                   27.93N 97.67W
05/15/2015  E60.00 MPH       SAN PATRICIO       TX   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TRAINED SPOTTER AT REST STOP ON I-37 NEAR EDROY ESTIMATED
            60-65 MPH WIND GUSTS.

1252 PM     TSTM WND GST     5 WNW CORPUS CHRISTI    27.77N 97.50W
05/15/2015  M51.00 MPH       NUECES             TX   ASOS

0100 PM     TSTM WND DMG     3 S CORPUS CHRISTI      27.71N 97.43W
05/15/2015                   NUECES             TX   TRAINED SPOTTER

            LARGE TREE LIMBS DOWN NEAR KOSTORYZ ROAD AND SARATOGA
            BLVD.

0100 PM     FLASH FLOOD      1 E DINERO              28.20N 97.92W
05/15/2015                   LIVE OAK           TX   COUNTY OFFICIAL

            FLASH FLOODING NEAR RIVER CREEK ACRES.

0102 PM     TSTM WND DMG     4 SE CORPUS CHRISTI     27.71N 97.38W
05/15/2015                   NUECES             TX   BROADCAST MEDIA

            MEDIA FACEBOOK PAGE SHOWED LARGE TREE LIMBS BROKEN IN
            FRONT OF KIII NEWS STATION.

0105 PM     FLASH FLOOD      BEEVILLE                28.41N 97.75W
05/15/2015                   BEE                TX   EMERGENCY MNGR

            SEVERAL HOMES FLOODED IN BEEVILLE.

0105 PM     TORNADO          5 W FLOUR BLUFF         27.65N 97.38W
05/15/2015                   NUECES             TX   NWS STORM SURVEY

            AN NWS DAMAGE SURVEY TEAM HAS CONFIRMED A BRIEF TORNADO
            TOUCHDOWN OCCURRED JUST SOUTH OF YORKTOWN BLVD ON CORPUS
            CHRISTIS SOUTHSIDE. THE DAMAGE WAS PRIMARILY CONFINED TO
            A BUSINESS ON DOBERMANST. A LARGE TREE WAS BLOWN ONTO A
            CAR...AN OUTBUILDING WAS HEAVILYDAMAGED...AND THE MAIN
            BUILDING OF THE BUSINESS HAD SOME FLASHING PEELED BACK
            BELOW THE ROOF LINE. TIME IS ESTIMATED BY RADAR.


0112 PM     MARINE TSTM WIND 5 SSW PORTLAND          27.81N 97.34W
05/15/2015  M41.00 MPH       GMZ230             TX   MESONET

            CORPUS CHRISTI BAY PLATFORM MEASURED GUST OF 35.6 KTS
            WITH THUNDERSTORM

0112 PM     FLASH FLOOD      5 NE ROBSTOWN           27.85N 97.60W
05/15/2015                   NUECES             TX   TRAINED SPOTTER

            STREET FLOODING ON WILDCAT DRIVE.

0114 PM     MARINE TSTM WIND 2 ESE TEXAS AM UNIVERSI 27.69N 97.29W
05/15/2015  M50.00 MPH       NUECES             TX   ASOS

            KNGP ASOS

0115 PM     MARINE TSTM WIND 5 ESE CORPUS CHRISTI    27.72N 97.34W
05/15/2015  M43.00 MPH       NUECES             TX   MESONET

            WEATHERFLOW MARINE MESONET SITE AT POENISCH PARK ALONG
            CORPUS CHRISTI BAY REPORTED GUST OF 37 KTS

0115 PM     MARINE TSTM WIND 1 S PORTLAND            27.87N 97.32W
05/15/2015  M39.00 MPH       SAN PATRICIO       TX   MESONET

            WEATHERFLOW MARINE MESONET SITE NEAR SUNSET LAKE PARK
            REPORTED GUST TO 34 KTS

0116 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     10 W MALAQUITE BEACH    27.43N 97.46W
05/15/2015                   KLEBERG            TX   PUBLIC

            VIDEO OF FUNNEL CLOUD NEAR BAFFIN BAY.

0117 PM     FLASH FLOOD      KINGSVILLE              27.51N 97.86W
05/15/2015                   KLEBERG            TX   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SEVERAL STREETS FLOODED IN CITY.

0117 PM     TSTM WND GST     PORTLAND                27.88N 97.33W
05/15/2015  E60.00 MPH       SAN PATRICIO       TX   NWS EMPLOYEE

0122 PM     TORNADO          1 E GREGORY             27.92N 97.27W
05/15/2015                   SAN PATRICIO       TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            *** 3 INJ *** SAN PATRICIO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EMERGENCY
            MANAGEMENT REPORTED DAMAGE TO TPCO PLANT NEAR HIGHWAY
            35/361 JUST EAST OF GREGORY. THE BUILDING WAS DAMAGED
            THERE WERE 3 INJURIES.

0125 PM     TSTM WND DMG     4 W FLOUR BLUFF         27.65N 97.37W
05/15/2015                   NUECES             TX   NWS EMPLOYEE

            BUILDING BLOWN DOWN, TREES AND POWERLINES DOWN NEAR
            YORKTOWN AND RODD FIELD. ALSO STREET FLOODING.

0128 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 S REFUGIO             28.29N 97.28W
05/15/2015  E65.00 MPH       REFUGIO            TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT

0138 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     5 NNW MCFADDIN          28.58N 97.04W
05/15/2015                   VICTORIA           TX   TRAINED SPOTTER

0200 PM     MARINE TSTM WIND 1 NNW PORT ARANSAS      27.84N 97.07W
05/15/2015  M45.00 MPH       ARANSAS            TX   MESONET

            PORT ARANSAS TCOON SITE MEASURED GUST OF 39 KTS

0200 PM     MARINE TSTM WIND 1 S ROCKPORT            28.02N 97.05W
05/15/2015  M40.00 MPH       ARANSAS            TX   OTHER FEDERAL

            NOAA NOS STATION REPORTED GUST OF 35 KTS

0215 PM     HEAVY RAIN       VICTORIA                28.82N 96.98W
05/15/2015  M2.24 INCH       VICTORIA           TX   AMATEUR RADIO

            RAIN FELL IN 40 MINUTES. MINOR STREET FLOODING.

0227 PM     FLASH FLOOD      BEEVILLE                28.41N 97.75W
05/15/2015                   BEE                TX   COCORAHS

            OBSERVER RECORDED 4.4 INCHES OF RAIN IN BEEVILLE. SEVERAL
            CITY STREETS FLOODED.

0245 PM     FLASH FLOOD      8 E BEEVILLE            28.41N 97.62W
05/15/2015                   BEE                TX   TRAINED SPOTTER

            WATER COVERING BOTH LANES OF HIGHWAY 59 EAST OF BEEVILLE.


0245 PM     FLASH FLOOD      VICTORIA                28.82N 96.98W
05/15/2015                   VICTORIA           TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            A FEW ROADS IN TOWN CLOSED DUE TO WATER OVER THE ROAD.

0348 PM     FLASH FLOOD      4 S CORPUS CHRISTI      27.71N 97.50W
05/15/2015                   NUECES             TX   NWS EMPLOYEE

            FM 763 AT OSO CREEK...BETWEEN OLD BROWNSVILLE RD AND FM43
            WAS FLOODED WITH 1 FOOT OF WATER OVER THE ROAD.
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