Light to moderate rain with lightning and thunder will continue during the morning commute today, but the weather should lighten up in the Fort Worth area after that — compared to Tuesday’s destructive storms — according to the National Weather Service.
Ted Ryan, meteorologist with weather service, said the rain should taper off around mid-morning Wednesday. Flooding is the biggest concern, but the highest risks are southeast of the Metroplex, Ryan said.
The Dallas-Fort Worth area had just over an inch of rain from the latest storm system, bringing the total for the year to 4.25 inches. This is still down from the normal average for this time of year by 1.45 inches. More rain is in the forecast through Friday.
By afternoon, it should be cool and mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 60s. Wind speeds are expected to be an easygoing 5 to 10 mph after Tuesday’s tornadoes and winds up to 70 mph.
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The rain will pick back up after midnight Thursday with a 40 percent chance of rain overnight. Chances for rain Thursday and into Friday evening are 70 percent, Ryan said.
Expect cool, cloudy, and damp weather until Saturday afternoon. The sun will peek back out and warmer weather should return by Sunday. Chances for more rain come up by the middle of next week, but the potential for severe weather is low.
Three tornadoes were confirmed in the last two days in Cool, Tolar, and Stephenville. Four people in Hood County were injured.
The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday night that a EF-1 tornado touched down in Tolar, the last of three in a 24-hour-period.
Tarrant County had torrential rain and 70 mph wind gusts. Denton County reported flooding, and power went out across the region.
The rainfall total for the day was 0.97 inch at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the local reporting station.
The first tornado touched down at 6:08 p.m. Monday in Cool, in western Parker County, where it produced a damage path of nearly two miles, according to the weather service. Seven homes were damaged along and north of U.S. 180. A few vehicles were damaged and a horse had to be put down after its leg was broken, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said.
The estimated peak wind speeds were 95-105 mph during the four-minute event, according to the weather service.
The next tornado hit at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday in Stephenville near U.S. 377, moving north-northeast and damaging several businesses and an apartment complex south of Washington Street, according to the weather service.
The tornado lasted two minutes, with estimated peak wind speeds of 90-100 mph.
Other areas of Stephenville were damaged by 80-90 mph straight-line winds, the weather service reported. One injury was reported.
Peak wind speeds of the Tolar tornado, which touched down at 7:21 a.m. Tuesday, were 85-95 mph. The event lasted 2 minutes.
The rainfall is beginning to affect area reservoirs and rivers but not residences, so far.
Lake Bridgeport and Eagle Mountain Lake were closed because of high water and water was being released downstream Tuesday.
“So far the levels and releases are not affecting anyone,” David Marshall, director of engineering and operations support with the Tarrant Regional Water District said Tuesday morning. “With the forecast of three more inches, the flood levels in the river between Bridgeport and Eagle Mountain may be a concern, and levels at Eagle Mountain may be on the verge of getting into the first homes. But this all depends upon the intensity and timing of the rain.”
By nightfall Tuesday, water district spokesman Chad Lorance said he didn’t think that would happen.
“We don’t anticipate [water reaching] any homes at this point,” Lorance said.
The city of Fort Worth closed boat ramps at Lake Worth at 5 p.m. Tuesday as more water poured into the lake upstream from Eagle Mountain.
Lake Grapevine, still holding floodwaters from fall rain, rose nearly a foot overnight Tuesday.
West of Fort Worth, the Brazos River had minor flooding near the low-lying Horseshoe Bend area south of Weatherford.
Staff writer Bill Hanna contributed to this report.
Azia Branson; 817-390-7547, @aziabranson