Storm raises the roof near downtown Fort Worth
This Sunday, a line of thunderstorms that passed through the North Texas region caused the majority of power outages in Tarrant County instead of Dallas County, according to authorities.
About 4:20 p.m. Sunday, an estimated 95,000 customers system-wide reported that their power was out, and more than 50,000 of those customers were living in Tarrant County, according to the Oncor outage map.
As of 7:10 a.m. Monday, just over 10,000 customers in Tarrant County had no power, according to the Oncor outage map. Power was expected to return to those customers by early Tuesday.
Winds that clocked at speeds of more than 65 mph were the cause, said Jen Myers, Oncor spokeswoman.
Crews were already working to restore power at 4:45 p.m. while outage reports were still coming in, Myers said. An estimate of when power might be restored to customers was unavailable Sunday evening.
“We had multiple reports of power lines being down and roof damage, mainly in the area east on Interstate 35 around Heritage Trace and Golden Triangle,” said Carlos Gomez, Fort Worth emergency management officer.
However, damage to residences was not considered catastrophic, Gomez said. Several trees were reported downed by high winds in north Fort Worth along Interstate Loop 820 stretching from Lake Worth to Keller, Gomez said.
But Karen Redmon, who said she has lived in the area for about seven years, was sure that a tornado had ripped through her area. Several of the homes near Redmon’s suffered roof damage, and debris from broken trees littered yards and streets.
Teams from the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth will be out Monday morning to determine if a tornado hit Tarrant and Dallas counties on Sunday afternoon. The teams will be in the Lake Worth area, in north Fort Worth near Heritage Trace and Golden Triangle, Arlington, Haltom City and North Richland Hills. Crews also be in Irving and Farmers Branch.
Neighbors trekked across thee street to retrieve patio furniture and barbecue grills that had flown into the front yards of their friends and wedged beneath their vehicles.
“I was sitting on my couch and I looked up and saw debris start flying by my window,” said Redmon. “After it was all over, we walked out and found two dead birds in our yard. There was not a feather on either one.”
Redmon said her back yard was flattened by the high winds, but her home remained intact. Others in her neighborhood suffered roof and fence damage, while broken trees and tree limbs were everywhere.
The area was still without power at 7:30 p.m. but tree removal services had already moved in to begin clearing the area.
Emergency medical personnel reported that two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries that resulted from a fallen tree, but authorities with the Fort Worth Fire Department could not confirm any injuries due to the storm.
High winds also caused damage in Arlington, and police blocked off an entire section of roadway where signs and tree limbs were knocked down, according to the department’s Facebook.
Arlington police blocked off Matlock Road from Arbook Boulevard and Mayfield Road. Power lines were collapsed over the roadway near Burger King. The Matlock Road closure may last overnight, according to the city.
There was also a road closure in the 4200 block of Bowman Springs Road near Lake Arlington.
Arlington officials reported two minor injures related to the storm with the heaviest damage near Lake Arlington and in the area off Collins Street and Road to Six Flags. A more accurate assessment was expected on Monday, said Arlington’s communication coordinator Susan Schrock.
Severe thunderstorms packing winds in excess of 60 mph rolled into Tarrant County about 3:30 p.m. and by 5 p.m., most had left the area, according to the National Weather Service.
Prior to the arrival of the storms, weather service forecasters predicted that North Texans could see wind gusts as high as 75 mph and hail possibly up to 3 inches in diameter.
On June 9, strong winds in Dallas caused a crane to collapse into an apartment complex. One person died and six others were injured.
Last weekend, about 5,000 Tarrant County customers reported power disruptions while an estimated 300,000 Dallas County residents were without power.
Storm chances diminish Monday with only a slight chance of rain and a high near 90, according to the National Weather Service. Rain chances will remain low the rest of the week as conditions heat up with expected highs hovering in the mid-90s.
Staff writers Kaley Johnson and Deanna Boyd contributed to this report.