Storms sweep through DFW area headed southeast
06/23/2014 8:58 AM
06/23/2014 9:44 AM
Folks across the Metroplex awoke to the patter of rain on their roofs, greetings from a second day of widespread thunderstorms.
Police and firefighters in Fort Worth were dealing with stranded vehicles, fallen trees and downed power lines.
Scattered outages left more than 7,300 homes and businesses without power at 7:30 a.m., an Oncor spokesman said. The heavy rain prompted a flood advisory in Fort Worth and surrounding areas.
“We’re monitoring the situation and had a line of storms pass through and have scattered outages as a result,” said Justin Ozuna of Oncor. “We’re working as quickly and safely as we can to get everyone restored.”
The line of storms that came through the Fort Worth area around 6:30 a.m. brought “wind gusts around 50 mph,” said Matt Bishop, a National Weather Services meteorologist.
“That line pushed southeast of us, so we’ve already experienced the heaviest stuff we’re going to see today.”
By noon, Tarrant County should be starting to dry out, Bishop said. But more storms are coming.
“I think we have another chance of storms tonight,” Bishop said. “It might be before midnight.”
Chances for rain continue daily at least through Friday, Bishop said.
That may not be welcome news in Hood County, where severe thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain Sunday. The county got a break overnight, said April Rodriguez, a Hood County sheriff’s office dispatcher.
“We have no reports of high water anywhere,” Rodriguez said at 8:15 a.m. Monday.
There was good news for people flying out of and into Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, said spokeswoman Cynthia Vega.
“We had diversions of arriving flights in effect about 6:45 a.m.,” Vega said. “About nine flights were diverted so they’re running a little behind. That’s a residual effect.”
There were 26 cancellations of incoming and outgoing flights in all, Vega said.
“But flights are all back on schedule now,” Vega said.
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