Fort Worth

Rains in October ahead of schedule

North Texas is ahead of the game as far as October rainfall goes, with 2.08 inches in the first two weeks of the month — up from the average of 1.5 inches.

The above-average rainfall follows the driest September on record, with 0.06 inch recorded.

Wind gusts left 5,000 customers still without power Monday night in Dallas/Fort Worth, down from 24,000 earlier in the afternoon, Oncor spokesman Kris Spears said. He said all power might be restored Monday night.

The storms dropped 1.29 inches of rain on North Texas on Monday, more than half of October’s rainfall to date, a National Weather Service meteorologist said. The total since Jan. 1 is 18.05 inches, compared with 21.64 inches at the same time last year, records show.

Rainfall totals ranged from 3.28 inches in Stephenville to 1.30 in Granbury, according to Star-Telegram Rain Gauge reporters.

Tuesday morning and afternoon are expected to be breezy with wind speeds of 15 to 20 mph. The high will be in the upper 70s with a low in the low 50s, National Weather Service meteorologist Lamont Bain said.

Lakes at 63.7 percent of capacity

The rain helped with area water supplies.

By 8 a.m. Monday, the Tarrant Regional Water District, which supplies raw water to 98 percent of Tarrant County, had gained about a 10-day supply. Most of the lakes in the district’s system rose slightly, but East Texas lakes got the most runoff.

“Most of the gain has been at Cedar Creek and Richland-Chambers, but the water is still flowing into Lake Bridgeport and we’re seeing a little go into Eagle Mountain Lake,” said David Marshall, engineering services coordinator for the water district.

Tarrant Regional’s lakes were at a combined 63.7 percent of capacity Monday, the lowest since last October. But Marshall expects this latest rain to be the start of a wetter trend.

“We should see more recovery as we get more of these disturbances coming across Texas,” he said.

Although most of North Texas had decent rains, Marshall said, areas west and northwest of Fort Worth got much less.

“Wichita Falls, unfortunately, didn’t get any water and some areas out west also saw little rain,” Marshall said.

Staff writer Bill Hanna contributed to this report.

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