A complex of thunderstorms entering Fort Worth and surrounding areas this morning could pack heavy rains and wind gusts up to 40 mph, and there’s even a slight chance of a tornado, according to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
“We are keeping an eye on a very small chance of a small tornado spin-up,” meteorologist Tom Bradshaw said.
The primary danger for a tornado is south of Fort Worth, Bradshaw said.
Shortly before noon, a flash flood warning that had already been issued for Tarrant County was extended until 1 p.m. for southeast Tarrant County. The weather service reported 3 inches of rain pouring in slightly over an hour in some parts of southeast Tarrant County shortly after 8 a.m., and the rain began to intensify again after 11:30 a.m.
The original flash flood warning was in effect for Tarrant County until 11:30 a.m.
The weather should hit in two primary waves, with the strongest and most dangerous being the morning wave, Bradshaw said.
Arlington should face the same situation as Fort Worth, but delayed by about a half-hour to 45 minutes, he said.
The first wave could bring up to 2 inches of rain per hour in some places before it clears out in the early afternoon, Bradshaw said.
“That’s certainly enough to cause some water ponding and creeks overflowing,” Bradshaw said, adding that motorists should drive with caution and not enter high waters.
In Fort Worth, two vehicles with people inside were stuck in water on East Rosedale just past the 820 bridge before 10 a.m., according to Medstar. About 30 minutes later, Medstar confirmed the passengers had been safely removed from the vehicle.
Shortly afterward, police received calls to help with traffic control in the 8200 block of Randol Mill and on East Lancaster Avenue at East Loop 820 because of water over the roadway.
A rush of water also caused a manhole cover at Golden Triangle Boulevard and Harmon Road to float off, according to a police report.
Shortly before 8:30 a.m., police reported a fallen tree and street sign near the 2700 block of Binkley Street in the Polytechnic Heights neighborhood. It was unclear whether wind played a factor.
MedStar tweeted that it was responding to “multiple injury crashes, including rollovers and auto/pedestrian crashes,” and added, “Please be weather aware, drive CAREFULLY!”
At about 9:15 a.m., Fort Worth police closed off the 8000 block of Heron Drive at Las Vegas Trail because of high water. About an hour later, the road was opened.
Just before 9:30 a.m., police in Southlake alerted residents to high water in areas of the city.
At 10:40 a.m., Fort Worth police announced that Randoll Mill Road at Precinct Line Road was closed because of high water.
Shortly after 10:30 a.m., Arlington police closed S. Davis Drive between W. Tucker Blvd. and Mockingbird Lane.
A possibility of more rain after the first wave could keep road conditions treacherous through the day, Bradshaw said.
DFW Airport warned that flights could be impacted by weather all day, advising travelers to check with their airlines for updates.
Temperatures dipped into the low 60s and the high temperature for Tuesday should be near 80, according to the weather service.
About a month ago, three North Texas residents, including a young mother and her daughter, drowned in flash flooding. Weeks later, a doctoral student from El Paso drowned near UTA and another young man was found drowned in east Fort Worth.