Thunderstorm warnings, including a tornado warning in Uvalde, were in effect for most counties west of Bexar County early Thursday.

While residents in the San Antonio metropolitan area gazed skyward awaiting a soaking rain, some areas to the west braced for flash flooding conditions. And shortly after 9:30 a.m., the torrents hit the city after the sky turned almost black as night. Strong winds blew the rain into horizontal bands.

A number of thunderstorms, some with heavy severe weather, were dumping rain in area counties as a severe weather watch and a thunderstorm warning was in effect for most of the 13 counties surrounding Bexar and to the west.

The weather service said that Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Kerr, Kinney, La Salle, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde and Val Verde counties were under a severe weather watch or were in a thunderstorm warning area.

The cloudy skies predicted to clear out Friday.