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Fierce burst of storms gives way to sunny skies in DFW

As many as four tornadoes may have touched down and hail as big as baseballs sent residents scrambling for cover as several storms passed through the North Texas area on Thursday.

But by Friday morning, those storms had moved east leaving behind sunshine and cooler temperatures.

Although there’s a chance for rain Saturday night and Sunday, the threat of severe storms has passed for the time being, said Ted Ryan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office.

“The storms started in Denton County and took a line east,” Ryan said. “Denton got hit with some 70- to 80-mph winds. Things could have affected a lot more people if the storms had moved further south into the more populated areas. As it was, it was a pretty normal occurrence for a North Texas spring.”

At Texas Motor Speedway, there were reports of nickel- to dime-size hail, Ryan said.

“We’ve had no reports of any damage or problems with campers or anyone else,” said Gregg Elkins, Texas Motor Speedway spokesman. “We’re still on schedule for Friday and this weekend.”

Tornadoes were confirmed in Hunt County and Collin County. Five people were hurt and hundreds of homes and businesses lost power, according to The Associated Press.

Ryan said rain chances increase to 20 percent on Saturday and climbs to a 50 percent on Sunday.

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