March 9, 2013

Storm produces baseball size hail, tears roof off grocery store

Pea size hail reported in Tarrant County

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Strong winds on Saturday night tore off the roof of a grocery story and downed several trees in Hamilton, 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth, the National Weather Service reported.

Baseball size hail hit areas northwest of Decatur in Wise County and hail from one inch to golf ball size struck other counties including Palo Pinto, Montague, Parker and Cook, said meteorologist David Cavanaugh. There were no immediate reports of damage.

Reports of pea size hail were made in Tarrant County.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m. for several counties in north central Texas. The storms produced about one-half to one inch of rain in most areas; Montague County received closer to two inches, Cavanaugh said.

Dan Shoemaker, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Fort Worth said rotation was seen in highly elevated areas of the clouds, but no funnel clouds were spotted.

Storms arrived in Dallas County about 9:30 p.m. with most of the activity in the Metroplex expected to be clear should by midnight, leaving cooler weather Sunday, with a high about 60 and gusty northwest winds. Saturday’s high at DFW Airport was 69 degrees.

Near-freezing temperatures are expected overnight Sunday, with the low Monday expected to fall to 35 in urban areas and to 32 in outlying areas.

Susan McFarland, 817-390-7547

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