Severe Weather Blasts North Texas


Severe weather alert | Image by Emanuele Nocerino

10 p.m. 

The storm is beginning to wind down across North Texas after tens of thousands lost power in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, but no injuries or deaths related to the storm have been reported so far.

The tornado watch was lifted at 10 p.m. for much of North Texas, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Fort Worth.

A wind advisory remains in effect for the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and North Texas until Friday at 10 a.m.

A flood warning was issued for White Rock Creek in Dallas County and Sister Grove Creek in Collin County, as well as the Trinity River, from Friday morning to Saturday afternoon, but only minor flooding is forecasted.

Friday is supposed to be sunny with temperatures in the 60s.

8 p.m.

The tornado warning in Dallas County has expired, but a tornado warning has been issued for Fannin County, which will impact places such as Bonham.

Tornado watches are still in effect for much of North Texas including Dallas, Fort Worth, McKinney, and Decatur.

There has been some hail reported throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

According to ONCOR, there are more than 3,000 active outages reported, and 200,000 people are affected, mostly in Dallas and Tarrant counties. Some places have since regained power.

DFW airport is currently reporting 166 cancellations, according to FlightAware, as well as 252 delays.

The airport reported wind gusts of 67 mph.

Love Field had 49 cancellations and 38 delays, recording winds of up to 76 mph.

The McKinney Police Department tweeted that four tractor-trailer vehicles had overturned in McKinney at SB Highway 75/North Central Expressway. Winds of between 60 and 70 mph were recorded there. Only minor injuries have been reported, but police asked people to avoid the area.

A roof in Hurst flew off from the winds, according to NBC DFW, but no injuries were reported. Other damage has been reported in Hurst, but there were no injuries.

The Mavericks game was unaffected by the storm; Dallas Mavericks played their home game against the Philadelphia 76ers as planned.

6:30 p.m.

A tornado warning was issued for Dallas County at 6:27 p.m., according to the NWS.

The tornado warning will be in effect until 7 p.m.

The rest of North Texas is under a tornado watch until 10 p.m.

Circulation was reported near Fair Park, according to NBC DFW.

Approximately 45,000 Dallas County residents are without power as well as 100,000 Tarrant County residents, NBC DFW reported.

3:30 p.m. 

As of 3:16 p.m., the National Weather Service detected several severe weather storms west of the metroplex. The main concern from this line of storms is damaging winds and hail. The agency warns, however, that the number of storms will only increase as this line and cold front continue to move east.

10:30 a.m.

Severe weather is expected to impact cities across North Texas. 

The NWS in Fort Worth has predicted a “volatile” day for North Texas as strong severe storms move into the region. The storms are expected to produce hail, damaging winds, and even tornados. 

The weather system is expected to arrive in the region during the afternoon hours and remain a threat through the evening. 

The NWS told The Dallas Express that these storms are likely to arrive in waves; isolated thunderstorms are expected to appear across the metroplex between noon and 4 p.m.

“Where they fire off really depends on the environment,” said Hunter Reeves with the NWS in Fort Worth. 

The greatest threat of severe weather across the region as a whole will arrive after 4 p.m. and continue through the evening hours.  

Reeves said these storms are expected to clear from the area by midnight. However, gusty winds of 40 to 50 mph are expected to remain in their wake.

The NWS has already observed isolated thunderstorms today. These storms have produced “moderate rain” and some thunder.  

The NWS said that it would continue to monitor these weather systems as they develop and plans to release another weather balloon at noon to gauge the atmosphere again. 

The agency advised that citizens exercise caution and preparedness in advance of the storms. 

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19 days ago

25 miles north of Dallas (in Collin County), we had two outages. Both lasted less than 5 seconds. That was the total extent of our power outages.