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Four tornadoes touched down Sunday night, including one in Grand Prairie

Jesse Gonzales surveys damage to his mobile home Monday near Whitney. The National Weather Service Fort Worth office sent out crews Monday to determine if tornadoes touched down, starting to the south in Coryell County and moving north through Bosque, Hill and then Johnson counties.
Jesse Gonzales surveys damage to his mobile home Monday near Whitney. The National Weather Service Fort Worth office sent out crews Monday to determine if tornadoes touched down, starting to the south in Coryell County and moving north through Bosque, Hill and then Johnson counties. Waco Tribune Herald via AP

The storms that pounded North Texas Sunday night dumped a record 3.16 inches of rain at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, caused flash floods and prompted tornado warnings in Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Johnson counties.

The National Weather Service Fort Worth office sent crews Monday to determine if tornadoes touched down, starting to the south in Coryell County and moving north through Bosque, Hill and then Johnson counties. Four did, including one in Grand Prairie near the airport, two in Bosque County and one in Hill County.

Meteorologist Dennis Cain said that no evidence was found of a tornado in Johnson County but that severe wind damage was apparent 3 miles southwest of Mansfield.

Cain said an EF-1 tornado was confirmed in Clifton in Bosque County. The weather service reported on Twitter that an EF-1 tornado was also confirmed in Hill County along the eastern shore of Lake Whitney and that another tornado in Bosque County, near the community of Mosheim, was rated EF-0.

“We are still looking at the one by the airport in Grand Prairie,” Cain said.

Teams are still surveying damage in Coryell and Limestone counties, east and west of Waco, he said.

The storms moved into the DFW area Sunday evening, just as the NFL playoff game between the Cowboys and Packers was ending, prompting AT&T Stadium officials to warn fans to take cover. With rain blowing sideways, sirens blared across the region as reports of possible tornadoes surfaced near U.S. 287 in eastern Johnson County and the Grand Prairie airport.

The high winds — with gusts up to 70 mph — caused sporadic damage across North Texas, with fences and trees being blown over. In Frisco, more than 30 homes were damaged in the storm, according to a Frisco Fire Department news release.

Power outages in Tarrant, Dallas and Collin counties peaked at 22,500, said Oncor spokesman Geoff Bailey. Monday morning, fewer than 200 homes were without power in North Texas.

The rainfall that fell at DFW Airport on Sunday was not only a record, shattering the old mark of 0.82 of an inch in 1964, but also got North Texas off to a strong start for 2017. The 3.95 inches of rain that have fallen this month is 3.02 inches above normal.

“That’s a lot of rain for January,” meteorologist Huckaby said.

Last year, 35.48 inches of rain fell at DFW Airport, down from the drought-busting 62.61 inches in 2015.

An overnight low of 42 was expected Monday, followed by highs in the mid-50s.

There’s a chance for showers Tuesday night and again Wednesday, “but it’s not like anything like we saw Sunday night,” Huckaby said.

Staff writers Mark David Smith and Susan McFarland contributed to this report.

Lee Williams: 817-390-7840, @leewatson

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