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Second round of storms bring flash flooding concerns; severe threat south of DFW

A line of thunderstorms was rumbling toward Fort Worth that could bring another round of strong winds and heavy rainfall.

The storms should arrive around 9 a.m. and the greatest threat for the Dallas-Fort Worth area appears to be flash flooding. Some areas picked up close to an inch of rain in the first round of storms that arrived around 4 a.m. Wednesday

“There could be a few thunderstorms that will be a little rowdy,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Godwin. “Flooding is the larger concern for Tarrant County and the Metroplex. We’re pretty saturated so it won’t take much to cause problems in some flood-prone areas.”

Once the rain arrives, it should stick around for a few hours.

To the south and southwest of Fort Worth, a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Hillsboro, Waco and Comanche until 1 p.m.

“If you’re heading to Waco or Austin today, there is definitely a severe weather chance today,” Godwin said.

The first round of thunderstorms arrived with loud lightning strikes 40 mph wind gusts.

“Those storms had brief heavy rains and lots of lightning,” said Tom Bradshaw, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

Lightning strikes caused fires in several North Texas neighborhoods.

In Dallas, the Hilton Anatole Pro-am at the AT&T Byron Nelson has been suspended until noon.

The storms created problems Tuesday night in the Panhandle where there were six tornado reports. The National Weather Service will be sending out survey teams on Wednesday.

Also on Tuesday in Houston, storms dumped as much as 8 to 10 inches during the afternoon rush hour bringing back unpleasant memories of Hurricane Harvey. Flooding occurred on roadways from Kingwood on the northeast side of the city all the way to Sugar Land on the southwest side, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport had departure delays of 16 to 30 minutes due to thunderstorms and inbound flights were delayed for more than an hour at their originating airport while Dallas Love Field is experiencing flight delays of 31 to 45 minutes, according to FlightAware.

The Storm Prediction Center has DFW under a marginal risk (1 on a scale of 5) for severe storms but the area just south of the Metroplex is under a slight risk (2 on a scale of 5). The Storm Prediction Center lists a 30 percent chance of damaging winds and hail and a 5 percent chance of a tornado.

There’s a 100 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday, and that drops to 20 percent for Wednesday night.

North Texans get a short break on Thursday, but rain chances return Thursday night, Friday and Saturday, according to the weather service. Temperatures will cool down with highs in the 60s on Friday and Saturday and lows in the 50s.

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