Storms with rain, lightning push through the DFW area

Posted Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011  comments  Print Reprints

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Thunderstorms pushed through Dallas-Fort Worth on Wednesday, bringing more much-needed rain while making for a slick, messy morning for commuters.

Storms moved into Tarrant County shortly after 2 a.m., traveling southeast, packing high winds, lightning and pockets of hail, which fell for 10 minutes around 3 a.m. in the Keller area.

Rain was steady in Tarrant County through 7 a.m. and a handful of car wrecks -- including on Interstate 35W and Texas 170 in north Fort Worth and on Texas 360 in Arlington -- clogged roadways.

About 1,103 Oncor customers were without power in the Fort Worth area as of 10:15 a.m.

Crews were out assessing damage and initiating repairs, said Cristi Ramon, Oncor spokeswoman. Most of the damage was caused by lightning strikes and downed tree limbs.

Through 10 a.m., 0.87 inches of rain had been recorded at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. National Weather Service radar indicated rainfall totals of up to three inches in some parts of northeast Tarrant County.

Fort Worth police reported 28 wrecks from about 3 a.m. to 8:20 a.m., according to the police website.

The rain was expected to clear Dallas-Fort Worth by 1 p.m., the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth forecast. The high temperature Wednesday afternoon was expected to be 80 degrees, dropping to 58 overnight.

“If you see anything else, it will most likely be light rain," said Nick Hampshire, weather service meteorologist.

Many areas were expected to get an inch of rain or more, Hampshire said. While the rains this week were good soaking rains, they did little to ease the drought pressures in the area.

It will take several more rain events for the area to catch up to average yearly totals.

Hampshire said even if an inch of rain is officially recorded at DFW Airport, the region will still be 8-inches behind its average totals. Hampshire is not calling for anymore rain in the area until next Wednesday.

There was no severe weather associated with the line of thunderstorms that passed through the area, Hampshire said. People in some areas saw a couple of lightning strikes, but nothing spectacular, Hampshire said.

“This will help some but it will not get rid of the drought by any means,” Hampshire said. “But for now, at least, it looks like some of the wildfire danger has been abated.”

Wednesday's rain comes on the heels of weekend downpours that brought 1.43 inches of rain to DFW Airport and delivered up to four inches on some western portions of the region.

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