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Storms arrived in North Texas with strong winds and rain, but no large hail

Thunderstorm reaches Fort Worth later than expected

Severe storms were expected to reach Fort Worth around rush-hour early Wednesday evening. The thunderstorm didn't arrive until around 11 p.m.
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Severe storms were expected to reach Fort Worth around rush-hour early Wednesday evening. The thunderstorm didn't arrive until around 11 p.m.

North Texans got lucky Wednesday night.

Thunderstorms with baseball to softball size hail never developed in North Texas, but there was rain and strong winds.

“We got lucky,” said meteorologist Matt Stalley with the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth in a Thursday morning telephone interview. “If just one or two storms had developed, the potential was there for large hail, but because we had several storms develop we never saw it.”

And what happened to the rush hour storms?

The layer of warm air above the ground that serves as a cap for thunderstorms held longer than expected and the dry line stayed off to the west while instability from an upper-level disturbance arrived a little behind schedule.

But the storms did arrive late in North Texas.

A flash flood warning was issued for parts of Wise, Denton and Cooke counties, where up to 2 inches of rain had fallen.

Generally, North Texas neighborhoods recorded a half inch to an inch of rain from the overnight storms, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

Some parts of the storm line produced wind gusts over 60 mph. At 11:42 p.m., the NWS in Fort Worth said a wind gust up to 74 mph was reported in Denton County.

There were reports of tree limbs down and damage to outdoor furniture in the Denton County area.

Strong winds also knocked down tree limbs in downtown Fort Worth and throughout North Texas.

As of 6:10 a.m., Oncor reported just over 900 customers without power in Tarrant and Dallas counties.

Forecasters say it will be mostly cloudy on Thursday and a cold front arrives just before noon, bringing with it cooler temperatures and north winds 10 to 15 mph.

Morning temperatures will be a bit chilly for the rest of the week and daytime temperatures should be in the 70s.

For Easter Sunday, forecasters say it should be sunny with a high of 80 degrees.

The next rain chances will be Monday night and Tuesday.

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Star-Telegram breaking news reporter Domingo Ramirez Jr. has been in journalism for more than 35 years. It’s the job he has loved from day one.


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