Thunderstorms that hit Tarrant County’s western edge Monday morning knocked out power to thousands and canceled or delayed flights at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
It also brought close to an inch of much-needed rain.
At 8 a.m., more than 22,000 Oncor customers were without power, but by 9 p.m., the number was reduced to 300, mostly in Mesquite, said Oncor spokesman Kris Spears.
“Tarrant County and west of there never saw more than 4,000” outages, Spears said. “Lightning affected a lot of equipment, and high winds took down trees and power lines along with them.”
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Tom Bradshaw, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said winds gusted to 50 mph.
“For a second morning in a row, we had a pretty good line of thunderstorms come out of the Panhandle,” Bradshaw said. “The line formed in New Mexico and moved overnight into Texas. Most of it had moved out of Tarrant County by 7 a.m.”
At the airport, 31 departures and 32 arrivals were canceled, but by 9 a.m. operations were back to normal, said airport spokesman David Magaña.
The day’s official rainfall reading at the airport was .85 of an inch.
“Things are looking drier for the rest of the week,” Bradshaw said. “There’s a 30 percent chance of rain on Thursday, when another little system comes through.”
Temperatures will be in the mid-80s Tuesday, but Bradshaw predicted the low 90s for Wednesday and Thursday. Friday should see a high in the upper 80s, but clear skies, he said.
The storm system brought some rain to drought-stricken Wichita Falls, which got 1.24 inches.
The system battered parts of West Texas with baseball-sized hail and powerful wind gusts Sunday and late Saturday night, the National Weather Service said.
Odell, 60 miles west of Wichita Falls, got 5.11 inches of rain.
Wichita Falls has gotten about 45 percent of normal rainfall from May 1 through Saturday, or 2.32 inches. May and June are the wettest months in Texas.
Weather service officials said a 96 mph wind gust was recorded southwest of Lubbock near Wolfforth late Saturday. Meteorologist Forrest Mitchell, in Norman, Okla., said the weekend rain would provide only a temporary reprieve for Wichita Falls, which is in its fourth consecutive year of drought.
“This is not the drought buster,” he said.
Staff writers Bill Miller and Terry Evans contributed to this report, which includes material from The Associated Press.