FORT WORTH — North Texans will get to dry out Wednesday under cooler temperatures.But forecasters say there’s still a slight chance of rain.“There’s nothing developing right now, but there’s a chance we could see some light rain in some areas,” said meteorologist Jamie Gudmestad at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth on Wednesday.North Texans will notice some cooler temperatures on Wednesday as forecasters are calling for a high of 91 degrees. The normal high temperature for Aug. 14 is 97, weather service data shows.Heavy rains and wind damage were reported Tuesday evening as thunderstorms roared across North Texas.The isolated but powerful thunderstorms developed Tuesday afternoon across the Interstate 20 corridor as a cold front collided with moist southerly winds at the surface.That convergence, along with afternoon heat, triggered the storms, said Jesse Moore, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.And some of the storms, he said, “were severe.”Lightning hit a 20-year-old woman about 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 2700 block of Haystack Boulevard in west Fort Worth, said Battalion Chief Richard Harrison, a spokesman for the Fort Worth Fire Department.MedStar reported on social media that she was “conscious and breathing” as she was taken to a hospital. KTVT/Channel 11 reported that she was released from the hospital after treatment.Lightning hit homes in Bedford and Euless, damaging the structures, officials said. In Southlake, tree limbs were swatted down by 60-mph winds, Moore said. Strong winds also were responsible for damaging two churches in Garland.Oncor Electric Delivery received 21,000 reports of power outages by about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Dallas-Fort Worth, 6,000 of them in Tarrant County, utility spokeswoman Megan Wright said.As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, about 4,500 customers were without power in Tarrant and Dallas counties, Wright said Wednesday.The storms put a dent in the triple-digit temperatures. It was 99 about 3 p.m. in Fort Worth, but six hours later, the mercury had dipped to 83, the weather service reported.There was also much-needed rain, and some areas got a lot.Colleyville recorded 1.78 inches, and Grand Prairie had 0.98 inch, Moore said. Rain gauge reporters for the Star-Telegram recorded, as of 5:30 pm, 0.45 inch in North Richland Hills, and 0.40 in Arlington and Fort Worth’s Candleridge neighborhood. Gudmestad said that most of Tarrant County received from just over a half inch of rain.Heavier rains were reported in the Dallas area, where the storms were more powerful. For example, Kaufman County reported 1.31 inches, Moore said.Forecasters say the rain chances are gone for Thursday, but they return on Friday. There’s a 20 percent chance Friday morning and the same for that evening.But North Texans should see sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-90s for the weekend.Staff writer Bill Miller contributed to this report.
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