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Storms combine to create tornadoes, home damage in DFW and beyond

The Will Rogers Center tower was barely visible most of the day Sunday during the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.
The Will Rogers Center tower was barely visible most of the day Sunday during the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Special to the Star-Telegram

Storms blew through North Texas on Sunday evening, bringing tornado warnings in Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Johnson counties, as well as winds of 60 to 70 mph, about 2 inches of rain and flash flooding, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

“The second storm came in a little earlier than expected … and picked up as it came into the Metroplex. Heavy rain continued and they both combined,” NWS meteorologist Juan Hernandez said. “As the second line of storms moved into Tarrant County — one was going north and one was going east — they combined and came together as the storm moved into Denton County.”

More than 30 homes in Frisco were damaged in the storm, according to a Frisco Fire Department news release.

Power outages in Tarrant, Dallas and Collin counties peaked at 22,500, said Oncor spokesman Geoff Bailey. Monday morning, less than 200 homes were without power in North Texas.

Also Monday, the weather service issued a dense fog advisory for much of the region until 10 a.m., warning that visibility is significantly reduced. The city of Plano canceled its MLK Celebration Unity Walk because of the fog.

A tornado warning was active until 9 p.m. for a storm tracking north from Mansfield and into Grand Prairie, Arlington and then Dallas County.

The weather service also issued a flash-flood warning in Tarrant until 11 p.m. After the storm blew through, Fort Worth police and fire crews were working several high-water calls. There were reports on social media of water seeping into structures in Lewisville.

Around 9 p.m., the weather service tweeted that while tornado warnings had expired, 60 mph winds were still expected with the storm.

About 60 miles southwest of Fort Worth in Bosque County, the weather service confirmed that at least one tornado touched down in the town of Clifton and east of Lake Whitney, but it was unclear if both areas were hit by the same tornado, The Associated Press reported.

The Bosque County Sheriff’s Office said power lines were knocked down in the Clifton area and crews are working to remove debris from the roads. Authorities also closed Texas 6.

No injuries were reported.

Thunderstorms developed just after the fog lifted at about 6 p.m., meteorologist Lamont Bain said. Visibility had been less than a quarter-mile in some areas earlier in the day.

Slight rain chances are in the forecast Tuesday through Thursday.

High temperatures will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s.

Staff writer Domingo Ramirez Jr. contributed to this report, which includes material from The Associated Press.

Susan McFarland: 817-390-7984, @susanmcfarland1

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