Clusters of slow-moving thunderstorms dumped welcome rain on North Texas early Thursday morning, but also caused flooding, mostly on the northern edges of the Metroplex.
With the storms came pleasantly lower temperatures than usual for July. Thursday’s high at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport was only 79 at 1:37 a.m., a record for the day. The mercury sank as low as 68 by noon.
In parts of Denton and Cooke counties, almost a foot of rain fell. Interstate 35 north of the city of Denton was closed for several hours before dawn but was reopened by 8 a.m., officials said.
Denton County officials shut down at least 29 county roads because of high water. “Numerous cars have been abandoned due to the flooding, and five houses have reported flooding as well as one requiring rescue by boat,” said Sandi Brackeen, a spokeswoman for the Denton County sheriff’s office.
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Several swift water rescues were reported in Cooke County Thursday morning where more than 10 inches of rain fell.
The town of Valley View, about 50 miles northwest of Dallas, received almost 11 inches of rain in a 24-hour period ending about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, and Denton got about 3.3 inches of rain after midnight Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported.
“It’s been raining cats and dogs since 12:30 this morning,” said John Davis, a Shell station employee in Valley View. The station at 13965 Interststate 35 had standing water in it Thursday morning. “My rain gauge shows 11.6 inches of rain.”
About 25 miles west in Alvord in Wise County, 10.10 inches were reported by 3:15 p.m., National Weather Service meteorologist Jesse Moore said.
At Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, there were “just over 100 flight departure cancellations and a similar number of flight arrival cancellations, along with some flight delays,” airport spokesman David Magana said in a news release.
By 9 a.m. D/FW flight operations had returned to normal.
The wet weather was expected to continue until about 1 p.m. today in parts of North Texas, and a daytime high of 85 is forecast.
After that, we’re back to the usual dry and hot July conditions on Saturday and Sunday.