Forecasters are calling for more rain and potential flooding through Memorial Day after downpours and straight-line winds battered North Texas this weekend.
A 40 percent chance of rainfall is in the forecast through May 25, during what has already been the wettest May in four years, said Ashton Altieri, a meteorologist with Star-Telegram media partner WFAA.
Rainfall now instantly creates a flash flood threat, he said.
A river flood warning was in effect for Sunday evening for Walnut Creek near Mansfield as storms dropped more than 4 inches of rain in that area. The National Weather Service office in Fort Worth reported that as of Sunday night Mansfield had collected 4.03 inches.
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“It’s difficult to pinpoint where and when the rainfall will occur this week, but our confidence is high that it is going to rain,” Altieri said.
He said the weather patterns are harder to predict because the storms are developing over the Metroplex instead of moving in.
Clear skies are expected for the commute Monday morning. Weather Service forecasters don’t expect rain until late Monday evening or Tuesday morning.
Water rescues were conducted early Sunday in several North Texas counties as storms dropped more water on already-saturated areas.
Johnson County officials reported 13 water rescues, mostly in the northeast part of the county.
“It’s been a very unique year,” Jamie Moore, coordinator of the Johnson County Office of Emergency Management, said Sunday. “Three weeks to the day we had flooding and the tornado. Then there was an earthquake. And now we’re back to flooding.”
The American Red Cross helped three families get hotels because their homes sustained severe water damage. Twenty homes had slight to severe water damage as of Sunday night, Moore said.
Overnight rainfall totals in the area included 1.68 inches at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, 1.41 inches at Lake Arlington and 1.29 inches at Lake Grapevine, according to the Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
Damage from straight-line winds up to 90 mph was reported from Mineral Wells through Springtown. Flooding was reported in Fort Worth, north of Venus, Grand Prairie and Rendon.
Oncor officials said fewer than 1,000 customers were without power in Tarrant and Dallas counties Sunday night.
Hail threat forecast for midweek
Chances for hail and strong winds pick up Wednesday into Thursday, forecasters said.
The storms in North Texas were part of a powerful system stretching from Texas to Minnesota, kicking up damaging tornadoes in Oklahoma and heavy wind and rain elsewhere.
There were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries.
This report includes material from The Associated Press.
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