UPDATED: Tornado touches down in Round Rock near I-35, SH 45 N

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The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for southeastern Williamson County and northeastern Travis County through 6:45 p.m. on March 21. (Courtesy Lauren Brown)
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The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for southeastern Williamson County and northeastern Travis County through 6:45 p.m. March 21.

Included in this area are Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto and Taylor. The warning was upgraded from a tornado watch that afternoon, and Round Rock was dropped from the warning just after the city confirmed that a tornado touched down on I-35 and SH 45.

According to the NWS, severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes and straight-line wind damage at 35 mph were observed at 5:59 p.m. The warning states that flying debris could be dangerous to those without shelter or in mobile homes. Damage to roofs, windows and vehicles is expected, the NWS stated.

Several structures also sustained extensive damage, including the Chili's and Bank of America in the Boardwalk shopping center. The Clay Madsen Recreation Center will also remain closed until further notice, according to the Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department's Facebook page.

The city of Round Rock has advised residents to remain at home as damage is assessed and emergency personnel assists those impacted.


Representatives for Round Rock and Hutto ISD confirmed to Community Impact Newspaper that school operations will proceed as normal March 22. Pflugerville ISD did not respond to requests for comment before publication time.

Kalahari Resorts Texas was also in the path of the tornado, and representatives told Community Impact Newspaper that they are working to assess damage in a statement.

"As a proud member of the Round Rock, Texas, community, we extend our sincere sympathies to all those affected by the recent severe weather in the Austin area," the statement said. "Currently, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is working diligently with local authorities to ensure the safety of our guests and associates. This will remain our number one priority. We are also actively assessing the damage to our property and evaluating how the damage may affect our operations. We will share more information as we are able."

This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
By Brooke Sjoberg
Brooke Sjoberg is the Round Rock reporter for the Round Rock and Pflugerville/Hutto editions of Community Impact Newspaper. She worked for The Gonzales Inquirer, The Daily Texan and The Daily Dot among other publications before coming to Community Impact. Brooke is from Seguin, TX and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2020. Her last name is pronounced Show-burg.