Winds clocked at 82 mph accompanied by damaging hail and possibly a tornado ripped across Denton County early Thursday evening.
There were reports of a funnel cloud in the city of Denton, which caused weather sirens to sound, but that was not confirmed by the National Weather Service.
The Denton County Sheriff’s Department reported that a tornado touched down south of Krum. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Reports of hail damage from Decatur to Denton were reaching the weather service office early Thursday evening, and officials expected more.
“Denton County had 82 mph at the airport,” said Jesse Moore, a weather service meteorologist in Fort Worth. “So there’s definitely going to be some wind damage, and hail.”
“Texas Woman’s University [in Denton] was especially hit hard,” said Mark Fox, another weather service meteorologist in Fort Worth.
Hail broke windows in Blagg-Huey Library, Stark Hall and Lowry Woods Community, a residence hall, according to the university. Numerous vehicles parked at the school were damaged, with large holes visible in windshields.
The storms continued to push east from Denton into counties along the Red River. A possible funnel cloud was reported in Fannin County, but again, no actual tornadoes were reported to the weather service by 7 p.m. Tornadoes were confirmed in Hunt County and Collin County.
Meanwhile, another batch of storms formed near Brownwood and moved northeast into Hood and Parker counties. Baseball-size hail was reported in Parker County.
The storm activity sprang up about 3 p.m. as a line of dry air collided with moist air already in place over North Texas. Damaging penny- to golf-ball-size hail was reported from Decatur to Denton.
Dallas/Fort Worth Airport reported flights affected by storms and cautioned travelers to check the status of flights before arriving.
The storm moved out of the area by about 9 p.m. Friday is expected to be a pleasant day with sunny skies and a high of 67.
On April 3, 2012, a tornado packing 135 mph winds tore through southwest Arlington and Kennedale. It was one of 17 twisters to hit North Texas that day, damaging more than 500 buildings, mostly homes, in Arlington and Kennedale.