Fast-moving but severe thunderstorms rolled through Tarrant County just after 6 p.m. Friday, packing winds up to 90 mph near the Fort Worth Zoo and TCU, according to the National Weather Service and WFAA.
Winds of 60 mph were reported in Arlington but no tornadoes, said Jamie Gudmestad, a meteorologist with the weather service.
The weather service issued a tornado warning at 6:28 p.m., but it was canceled at 6:51 p.m. The worst of the storm had moved east to Dallas and Ellis counties by 7:20.
But the chaotic hour affected several events.
▪ Baseball fans waiting for the TCU-University of Texas game to start were told to take shelter. The game was called off and rescheduled as a double-header at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday.
▪ About 160 artists at Southlake’s Art in the Square had to batten down their tents for a couple of hours, but festivities picked up again about 8 p.m. An event spokeswoman said she heard no reports of damaged art.
▪ However, in Euless, the annual Arbor Daze festival was stopped for the night and canceled for Saturday after rain soaked the City Hall grounds where the festival is staged. Although the forecast for Saturday calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-80s, officials said the field has too much standing water for the festival to continue.
▪ The Fort Worth Opera’s 2015 festival was to begin Friday night with a performance of the contemporary opera Dog Days at Scott Theatre. But power to the theater was knocked out for a time, affecting lights and amplified sound, said Christina Allen, an opera spokeswoman. In the spirit of “the show must go on,” the singers performed a few segments a cappella, but the audience was soon told to leave the building.
Allen said about 400 tickets were sold and will be honored at future performances of Dog Days.
WFAA reported dozens of homes damaged in Johnson County.
At Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, flights were delayed, some for more than an hour, but resumed once the storm passed.
By 10 p.m., Oncor had about 42,000 customers without power in the Metroplex, spokeswoman Khristen Jones said.
“We’ve been able to get some customers on already, and as the storm moves through, we’ll have a better idea of what we’re looking at,” she said.
The Fort Worth Fire Department responded to calls about several downed power lines. Police closed part of West Rosedale Avenue because of high water, and several roads were blocked by fallen trees.
Staff writers Rick Press and Dustin L. Dangli contributed to this report.