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BREAKING: Hot air balloon crashes in Texas with at least 16 aboard

A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people crashed in central Texas on Saturday morning. Authorities say there appears to be no survivors.

The hot air balloon caught on fire and then crashed near Lockhart, Texas, which is located about 30 miles south of Austin, on Saturday morning, according to the Associated Press.

There were no thunderstorms around the Austin area on Saturday morning with only a mixture of clouds and sunshine.

Preliminary data from the nearby San Marcos Regional Airport indicates that sustained winds were from the south-southeast at 4 mph at 7 a.m. CDT and increased to the south-southwest at 11 mph at 9:38 a.m. CDT.

Similar speeds were recorded at the weather observation site at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

The standard height for anemometers at airports are typically around 32.8 feet (10 meters).

The weather will remain dry and partly sunny for rescue and recovery crews on Saturday afternoon. Temperatures will rise into the middle 90s with AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures climbing to near 105 F.