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Tuesday night storms pack wallop

FORT WORTH -- Thunderstorms overnight brought heavy rain, large hail and some damage to parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

There were reports of large hail in Benbrook and in Arlington, where a couple of car windshields were shattered.

A Pacific front entered North Texas Tuesday morning and bumped into a mass of moist air from the Gulf of Mexico.

The season home opener at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Tuesday was spared from heavy rain, but severe thunderstorms did develop around midnight and continued to pester the region until about 3 a.m. Wednesday, said Nick Hampshire, meteorologist with the National Weather service in Fort Worth.

"There was a report of golf-ball size hail in Benbrook," Hampshire said, "and another report of quarter-size hail on the northwest side of Benbrook Lake."

The reports must have been isolated, however, because some people in Benbrook said they didn't see any hail.

Meanwhile, Arlington was relatively unscathed, although campus police at the University of Texas at Arlington reported that hail broke a couple of windshields on cars parked on campus.

Also, emergency dispatchers said a carport was knocked down at the Los Robles Mobile Home Park, 318 Las Brisas Drive in Arlington. The call came in about 11:45 p.m.

No injuries, however, were reported in Arlington.

High water was reported early Wednesday morning on International Parkway, also known as Farm Road 2499, at Gerault Road in Flower Mound, according to Rain was still falling early this morning in southern Denton County.

There were reports of some power outages, mostly in the eastern part of the Metroplex.

Overnight rain totals recorded by the weather service included: .51 at DFW Airport; 1.61 at Lewisville; Dallas, 1.0; Weatherford, .69; Meacham Field, .62; and Benbrook, .59.

The North Texas area is under a severe thunderstorm watch through noon Thursday. The forecast for Wednesday calls for the possibility of more thunderstorms, some possibly severe.

Much of North Texas, including Tarrant, Parker, Wise, Denton and Dallas counties are under a flash flood warning Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Much of East Texas was under a flood warning Wednesday morning.

Wednesday's high temperature should be near 70 degrees with an 80 percent chance of rain through Wednesday night. Wind gusts are expected to reach about 25 miles per hour, according to the weather service.

Severe thunderstorms are possible in North Texas through Thursday as the cold front swings back into the region as a warm front, Hampshire said.

Storms could include damaging winds, hail, rain and possibly even some tornadoes, Hampshire said.

"There are," he said, "three punches with this system: the one last night , the one this evening and one coming overnight."

Thunderstorms, however, might begin to develop and increase about mid afternoon Wednesday and continue through the night.

Thursday has an 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly before 7a.m., according to the weather service's forecast. Some of those storms could be severe.

The weekend, however, will be delightful, according to the weather service forecast. The sun will shine and the high temperatures aren't expected to get out of the 70s.