Thunderstorms inconvenienced concert-goers Friday evening but brought much needed rain to an area parched by long-standing drought.
A line of thunderstorms moved eastward across Tarrant County starting about 7 p.m. Friday, causing the crowd at an American Country Music event to take cover inside Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The storm carried cloud-to-ground lightning and wind gusts of 30 mph to 35 mph, the National Weather Service said.
Shortly before 9 p.m. Friday, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport had recorded .35 inches of rain for the day.
On Saturday, more of the same is possible. Scattered thunderstorms could be triggered by afternoon heat.
“Some thunderstorms may become severe but we’re not expecting any widespread heavy rain,” said Jesse Moore, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
The total rainfall for the year is 1.4 inches above normal in Tarrant County, Moore said.
“Drought continues to be an issue,” Moore said. “We’re happy we are getting some rain now, but we still have to conserve our water.”
There were reports of structure fires that may have been triggered by lightning in the storms.
Earlier Friday, the rain storms caused street flooding in Abilene where as much as 3 inches of rain were reported.
There will be a gradual clearing as the chances for rain diminish Sunday and Monday. But precipitation chances are expected to grow again on Tuesday, weather service forecasters predict.
Staff writers Bill Hanna and Mitch Mitchell contributed to this report.