Storms deliver only glancing blow to Tarrant County

A tornado touched down briefly near Midlothian on Thursday afternoon, and a brief flurry of hail was reported in Grand Prairie, the National Weather Service reported.

But most of the area was just warm and humid, and only a trace of rain was recorded at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

Forecasters are calling for mostly sunny skies and highs in the 90s today, Saturday and Sunday. For the kite enthusiasts out there, wind speeds should increase through the weekend, starting at 5 mph today, and gusting to 25 mph by Sunday.

The threatening storm clouds that had only a slight effect were headed to the mid-Atlantic states by late Thursday.

Thursday afternoon, however, was a little dicey.

A tornado initially spotted in the clouds near Arlington Municipal Airport about 2:05 p.m. briefly touched down near Midlothian, a weather service meteorologist said.

Observers also reported brief hail, including some half-inch stones, in northern Grand Prairie, said John Lake, a meteorologist at the weather service's Fort Worth office.

No damage from either the tornado or the hail was reported, Lake said.

Because the tornado was sighted in the Mansfield area, at least three schools -- Mansfield High, Mary Lillard Intermediate and Elizabeth Smith Elementary -- were placed on alert and asked to follow their tornado procedures, district spokesman Richie Escovedo said. None were evacuated, and by 3 p.m., elementary children were dismissed according to their normal schedule, Escovedo said.

Thunderstorms continued east of Interstate 35W and along Interstate 20 into the evening, the weather service said.

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