Call it the calm before the rest of the storm.
High winds and rain that got heavy at times pounded much of the Corpus Christi area late Monday and early Tuesday.
Although things appeared to have calmed down by midday Tuesday, weather officials warned the storms aren’t over yet.
Parts of Corpus Christi received up to an inch of rain in some areas Monday night, according to the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi.
Flooding was a concern in low-lying areas.
There were several reports of strong winds, especially in Jim Wells and Duval counties. Weather reports documented calls about damaged roofs and downed power lines in Alice and near Benavides. The Automated Weather Observation System reported severe wind gusts up to 70 mph early Monday morning.
The storm left many people in the dark Tuesday afternoon.
Almost 400 AEP Texas customers were without power around Rand Morgan Road and Leopard Street near Calallen. Another 130 customers were without electricity near Morgan Avenue and South Port Avenue, as were another 140 customers near Horne Road and Ayers Street.
Showers and thunderstorms are likely Tuesday night and after 5 a.m. Wednesday. Southeast winds with gusts as high has 28 mph are possible.
“Today, we’ve got a bit of a lull after last nights storm complex,” meteorologist Matt Ziebel said Tuesday. “The best chance for widespread thunderstorms is tomorrow afternoon and evening.”
The area could receive 2 to 3 inches of rain on Wednesday. The rain may continue through Monday.
The Corpus Christi area is expected to receive 4 to 6 inches of rainfall through Friday. The National Weather Service issued a Flash Food Warning for the area that will last until Friday at 1 p.m.
The Nueces River at Calallen is expected to rise above flood stage early Thursday morning to a crest of 7.3 feet by Thursday afternoon. The flooding could cut off homes near Calallen and require evacuations. The river should fall below flood stage by late Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service.
The Nueces River near Bluntzer is forecasted to receive moderate flooding, rising above the flood stage to almost 22 feet Thursday evening. At 22 feet, residential areas in Calallen could be cut off for days or weeks. The river will fall below flood stage early Friday morning.
Ashlee Burns covers trending and breaking news in South Texas. See our subscription options and special offers at Caller.com/subscribe