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With more storms looming, DFW rainfall totals inch toward record

Heavy rain will likely fall early Tuesday morning while most are sleeping.
Heavy rain will likely fall early Tuesday morning while most are sleeping. Star-Telegram

The latest round of storms keeps pushing the Dallas-Fort Worth area closer to the wettest year on record.

As of 6 p.m. Monday, 49.81 inches of rainfall had fallen this year at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

Through Nov. 16, the rainfall total is the wettest year-to-date on record, easily surpassing the 47.79 that fell in 1973.

For the entire year, this is already the sixth wettest year behind the all-time mark set in 1991 of 53.54 inches.

With more storms forecast early Tuesday morning, the rainfall totals will likely keep climbing. A flash flood watch was in effect for Fort Worth and Dallas at 6 p.m. through Tuesday morning for most of North Texas, including the DFW area, with 1-3 inches of rain possible.

“It's not going to take a whole lot to create flash flooding issues,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Bishop. “The ground is already so saturated from the rains last night.”

A wind advisory will also be in effect from 6 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday with gusts of 30 to 40 mph predicted overnight.

There is a slight risk for severe weather, including damaging winds, hail and even a few tornadoes embedded in the storms. On Nov. 5, an EF-0 tornado struck north Fort Worth with winds measured at 80 mph. The twister stayed on the ground for 3.9 miles and caused minor damage.

The National Weather Service didn’t have any reports of Texas tornadoes at 7:30 p.m. Monday other than in the Panhandle.

There weren’t any reports of tornadoes outside of the Panhandle Monday night, said Joe Harris of the National Weather Service.

Most people will probably be awakened by the wind and thunder as it rumbles across North Texas between midnight and 6 a.m.

In the Metroplex, the storms will move into the area around 3 a.m. and exit Rockwall by 6 a.m., Harris said.

The greater risk for severe weather will be northwest of Fort Worth near Wichita Falls and western Oklahoma.

“It’s probably going to be noisy overnight,” Gudmestad said. “You probably won’t sleep through it with all of the thunder and lightning.”

The storms should be gone in time for the Tuesday morning rush hour.

Staff writer Monica S. Nagy contributed to this report.

Bill Hanna: 817-390-7698, @fwhanna

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