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Tornado warnings issued for parts of Tarrant, Denton counties as storms move into DFW

Tornado warnings popped up across the Dallas-Fort Worth area as severe storms moved into the area.

A tornado warning was issued until 1:45 p.m. for parts of Tarrant County and Parker County, including Fort Worth, Arlington and North Richland Hills.

A separate tornado warning was issued for Denton County that included Denton and Sanger until 2:15 p.m. Storm spotters were watching a cell near Interstate 35 and Ganzer Road West.

And yet another tornado warning had been issued for Grapevine, Flower Mound and Lewisville until 2:30 p.m.

By 2:30 p.m., all of the tornado warnings had expired.

In addition, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Tarrant and Dallas counties until 3 p.m. — that includes Fort Worth, Arlington and Dallas.

A tornado watch is in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday that includes Tarrant, Dallas, Parker, Hood, Johnson, Ellis and Denton counties. There have been no confirmed tornadoes, the weather service said.

While storms are still back to the west of Fort Worth, the severe threat has dropped, said Matt Stalley, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

“It’s quite a bit lower,” Stalley said. “I can’t completely rule it out but these first rounds of storms have calmed things down a little bit.”

The National Weather Service reported power poles down and a trailer damaged in the Saginaw area. In the area of Azle, Saginaw and River Oaks, more than 8,000 people were left without power after storms rolled through the area at 2 p.m., according to Oncor’s outage map.

Downtown Fort Worth from the top of the Star-Telegram building right before Wednesday’s storms hit downtown. Steve Wilson swilson@star-telegram

Sirens have sounded in far north Fort Worth, Saginaw, Keller and Haslet, according to the Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management.

Severe thunderstorms began firing up west and northwest of Fort Worth capable of producing strong winds and quarter-size hail. on Wednesday morning. Penny-sized hail was reported in Grapevine, according to the National Weather Service.

“It’s definitely one of those days where you want to have a reliable weather source,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Juan Hernandez.

Hernandez said forecasters are worried that storms could “train” over some areas, bringing repeated rounds of heavy rain for several hours.

The Storm Prediction Center has the Dallas-Fort Worth area under an enhanced risk of storms (3 on a scale of 5).

Damaging winds, large hail and some tornadoes are all possible.

“A semi-focused risk for tornadoes appears to exist within a corridor from north-central/northeast Texas and southeast Oklahoma into west/southwest Arkansas,” the Storm Prediction Center forecast said. “Additionally, very large hail will be possible, along with a continued risk for locally damaging winds.”

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