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Storms pound North Texas as more than 88,000 without power in Tarrant, Dallas counties

Storms pound North Texas

Sheila Gaines of Fort Worth sought shelter on March 13, 2019 as storms rolled through North Texas.
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Sheila Gaines of Fort Worth sought shelter on March 13, 2019 as storms rolled through North Texas.

Storms with sheets of rain and winds up to 81 mph pounded North Texas Wednesday morning, tossing airplanes around at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport and leaving more than 88,000 without power.

Minor damage from the winds were reported to homes in Godley in Johnson County, according to Johnson County officials. One woman was injured near Cleburne when storms knocked over a modular home.

Major damage also was reported at an Amazon building near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, according to news reports.

A 78 mph wind gust was reported at DFW Airport with sustained winds of 63 mph at 4:53 am.

At the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, a wind gust of 75 mph was reported 4:27 a.m. Storm sirens sounded in west Fort Worth due to the strong winds.

Sirens also were went off in cities such as Richland Hills and Grand Prairie because of the strong storms.

“We’ve had reports of 18-wheelers blown over in Wise County,” said meteorologist Steve Fano Wednesday morning at the NWS office in Fort Worth.

A severe thunderstorm watch was canceled for North and Central Texas as the storms moved into East Texas. Rain should end by mid-morning in Tarrant County.

A wind advisory will be in effect from noon until 7 p.m. as winds are expected to be 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph, according to the NWS office in Fort Worth. Further west along the Interstate 20 corridor toward Abilene, a high wind warning will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. where winds will blow from 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

Storms also caused damaged to roofs, power lines, trees and small buildings throughout North Texas.

As of 9:30 a.m., Oncor reported more than 88,000 residents without power in Tarrant and Dallas counties because of the storms that raced through North Texas.

Forecasters say showers and isolated thunderstorms will linger for morning commuters, but the rains should be gone by noon.

It should be mostly sunny by the afternoon with a high of 74.

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Vehicles seek shelter in Richland Hills Wednesday morning as storms raced through North Texas. Domingo Ramirez Jr.

Spring weather arrives for the rest of spring break week in North Texas on Thursday.

Highs will be in the 60s for the rest of the week and no rain is in the forecast even on the weekend.

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