EF-1 tornado hit Arlington; 2 EF-0 twisters at Eagle Mountain Lake, north Fort Worth

Storm raises the roof near downtown Fort Worth

A building near St. Louis Avenue south of downtown loses its roof to the 60 mph-plus wind in a Sunday thunderstorm.
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A building near St. Louis Avenue south of downtown loses its roof to the 60 mph-plus wind in a Sunday thunderstorm.

The National Weather Service determined an EF-1 tornado touched down Sunday in Arlington, packing wind speeds of 95 mph.

It was one of three confirmed tornadoes on Sunday.

A brief EF-0 tornado also struck north Fort Worth around 3 p.m. Sunday and video confirmed there was a weak EF-0 tornado over Eagle Mountain Lake.

Survey teams also spent the day looking at damage in North Richland Hills, Bedford, Euless, Irving and Farmers Branch where it appears straight-line winds between 60-75 mph caused most of the damage but there will be more assessments on Tuesday.

As of 10 p.m Monday, about 1,600 customers were still without power in Tarrant County, down from Sunday afternoon’s peak of 95,000.

Officials at Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, said the storms damaged windscreens in left field and caused damage to a small portion of the left-field roof and the Chick-fil-a signage on the left-field foul pole.

All damage will be fixed before the next homestand. There was no damage to Globe Life Field, which is currently under construction and scheduled to open before next season.

Storm chances will return Tuesday and possibly Wednesday.

“It’s just a very unstable atmosphere,” said NWS meteorologist Ted Ryan. “If something pops up, it could go severe quickly.”

These summertime storms are far more difficult to predict than the traditional springtime thunderstorms.

“The issue is when you get a lot of instability, there are very subtle boundaries that are hard to see and hard to anticipate,” Ryan said. “There’s so much instability in the air, they just kind of go and do their own thing. It makes their motions erratic.”

On Tuesday, the Storm Prediction Center has areas northwest of Fort Worth under a marginal risk of severe storms (1 on a scale of 5) and parts of the Texas Panhandle, including Amarillo and Lubbock, under slight risk (2 on a scale of 5.)

Sunday’s storms set a June 16 record for rainfall at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with 2.42 inches, breaking the old record of 1.32 inches in 1968.

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