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Severe storms, packing strong winds and possibly hail, firing up across North Texas

After a lull without rain that's lasted more than a week, the threat of storms is returning to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
After a lull without rain that's lasted more than a week, the threat of storms is returning to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Star-Telegram file

After a lull without rain that's lasted more than a week, the threat of storms is returning to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Isolated severe thunderstorms are popping up both south and north of the Metroplex.

Whether anything drifts toward Fort Worth is uncertain, said National Weather Service meteorologist Patricia Sanchez.

Severe weather in the DFW area can strike at anytime and anywhere. Here's what you should know about the history of weather in Tarrant County and how you should prepare before storms arrive.

"Right now, they're building right on top of each other so it's hard to tell if anything will reach the Metroplex," Sanchez said. "Parts of southwestern Tarrant County may need to pay attention this evening. But the overall trend is for the storms to drift to the east or south."

The Storm Prediction Center has the DFW area listed as having a marginal risk of severe storms (1 on a scale of 5) but some areas west of Fort Worth are listed as being under a slight risk (2 on a scale of 5).

Another round of storms could come overnight but the afternoon storms may stabilize the atmosphere to prevent more development. There will be another chance of isolated storms on Wednesday but forecasters are currently predicting only a 20 percent chance of rain.

A wave of storms brings high winds, heavy rains and the threat of hail to North Texas and Tarrant County, Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Bill Hanna: 817-390-7698, @fwhanna
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