Fort Worth

April 1, 2014

Storms hammer Young County but fizzle north of Tarrant County

Thunderstorms with cloud-to-ground lightning and damaging hail were reported in Young County.

Two storms rattled Young County Tuesday evening with high winds and damaging hail, but they lost their power as they headed east and fizzled north of Tarrant County.

The storms whipped up about 8:50 p.m. in Young County, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Some winds were pushing at an estimated 60 mph, and one dwelling near Murray lost its roof, said Jesse Moore, a weather service meteorologist in Fort Worth.

There also were reports of cloud-to-ground lightning, but the big scare was the hail. Moore said a storm watcher lost some windows on his vehicle.

“We had several reports of golf ball to ping-pong-ball-size hail and one report of tennis-ball-size hail,” Moore said.

About 10:30 p.m. the storms were in Wise County, but they were quickly loosing their punch.

“The good news is they are dying,” Moore said.

He said that would be welcome news for racing fans camped out early at Texas Motor Speedway for this weekend’s Duck Commander 500 NASCAR race.

However, Tuesday night’s storms might be a prelude of more severe weather Wednesday and Thursday.

“We have a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms tomorrow, and if they pop up, they probably will be severe ones,” Moore said.

There is a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms Thursday “along and east of the I-35 corridor.”

The storms could erupt Thursday afternoon or evening as a line of dry air pushes into the region and collides with moist Gulf air already in place.

The result could be “large hail, damaging wind and we can’t rule out a tornado or two,” Moore said.

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