Line of storms blows through Dallas-Fort Worth

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A strong line of thunderstorms blew through Tarrant County bringing strong winds and small hail but the storms weren't as severe as feared.

No severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in Tarrant County but half-inch hail was reported near Decatur and Granbury and pea-size hailed was reported in Denton County near Flower Mound and Decatur. There were several reports of 50 mph wind gusts near Mansfield and in Grayson County to the northeast.

A tornado watch has been issued until 7 p.m. for areas just east and north of DFW that include Collin, Grayson, Kaufman and Rockwall counties. The watch stretches into Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Rainfall totals are expected to be between a half-inch and an inch as the storms move rapidly through the area.

Behind the storms, strong westerly winds and low humidity will elevate the danger of wildfires for all of the counties just west of Fort Worth. A red flag warning has been issued until 8 p.m. that includes Parker, Wise and Hood counties.

Temperatures, which will climb into the upper 70s Tuesday afternoon, will drop back close to normal for this time of year on Wednesday with highs in the upper 50s. But high temperatures are expected to return to the upper 60s Thursday through Saturday.

Bill Hanna, (817) 390-7698

Twitter: @fwhanna

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