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Tornado count up to 5 in North Texas; flood risk continues

A trailer was smashed between trees Tuesday morning by a tornado that touched down in Tolar at 7:21 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2016.
A trailer was smashed between trees Tuesday morning by a tornado that touched down in Tolar at 7:21 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Star-Telegram archives

Additional damage surveys in Tarrant and Dallas counties Wednesday found two more tornadoes dropped out of the storms Monday night and Tuesday morning, bringing the total to five, the National Weather Service said Wednesdsay.

Two EF-0 tornadoes touched down Tuesday morning near Benbrook Lake and The Colony.

The weather service reported previously that three EF-1 tornadoes hit Cool, Tolar and Stephenville Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Several boats at the Benbrook Lake Marina were damaged when the tornado touched down in the northern part of the lake at 8:03 a.m. Tuesday, said Steve Fano, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

Near the marina, trees were uprooted or large branches were damaged, and trees were damaged along Stevens Drive. The estimated peak wind speeds were 75-85 mph.

In The Colony at 8:53 a.m. Tuesday, a tornado damaged six homes on Ramsey, Adams and King drives, Fano said.

But even more damaging were staight-line winds with speeds of 90-95 mph, Fano said. The wind damaged multiple homes, trees and power lines and a concession stand at The Colony High School.

Straight-line winds caused more damage in The Colony than the tornado, according to meteorologists.

“The straight-line wind damage was actually worse, which is not uncommon,” Fano said.

Surveyors have one more site to assess, in Henderson County, before they can call the official tornado total, Fano said.

Rain pains

Thunderstorms Wednesday morning weren’t as damaging, and the sporadic downpours during the day left 0.52 inch of rain.

The total rainfall for the year as of Wednesday night was 4.77 inches, which is still down from the average for this time of year by 1.04 inches, weather service meteorologist Jennifer Dunn said.

Another round of rain was expected overnight Wednesday through Thursday morning for a large portion of North Texas, Dunn said.

Rain is in the forecast through Friday, which shouldn’t cause a flash flood threat, but could “aggravate areas” already hit with too much rain, Fano said.

Those areas are northwest and southeast of the Metroplex that received 6 to 7 inches.

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Eagle Mountain Lake reached its peak at 5 p.m. Wednesday, but was not closed because it was holding steady, according to Chad Lorance, a spokesman for the Tarrant Regional Water District.

Lake Bridgeport peaked Tuesday night, but was on its way back down, he said. It is still closed to boat traffic until further notice.

Lake Worth remains closed to boat traffic and is expected to peak Thursday morning,

Lorance said water hadn’t touched any houses as of Wednesday night — yards don’t count — and likely won’t Thursday.

Previous tornadoes

The town of Cool had the first North Texas tornado at 6:08 p.m. Monday. Seven homes along and north of U.S. 180 were damaged. A few vehicles were damaged and a horse had to be put down after its leg was broken, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler previously said.

A Stephenville tornado hit near U.S. 377 at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday, moving north-northeast and damaging several businesses and an apartment complex south of Washington Street, according to the weather service.

Tolar’s tornado touched down at 7:21 a.m. Tuesday, injuring four people in Hood County and sending three to the hospital, Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds has said.

Six mobile homes were destroyed and six were heavily damaged.

This report includes material from Star-Telegram archives.

Monica S. Nagy: 817-390-7792, @MonicaNagyFWST

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