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Severe storms bring damaging winds to DFW, cause fatal crane collapse in Dallas

Severe thunderstorms are expected to roll into the Metroplex through Sunday afternoon and evening.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued from 11:25 a.m. to 7 p.m. Damaging straight line winds were the main concern with a series of storms coming from the north, said National Weather Service meteorologist Joey Picca.

At about 2 p.m., strong winds in Dallas during the storm caused a crane to collapse into an apartment complex. One person died and six others were injured.

The storms also caused power outages for thousands in the Metroplex. About 5,000 people did not have power in the Fort Worth area at 5 p.m., and about 300,000 people were without power in the Dallas area, according to Oncor’s outage map.

The storms started in mid-afternoon to early evening in DFW. Large hail, heavy rain and frequent lightning were possible with the storm system, Picca said.

The weather may temporarily clear up in the late evening, but severe storms might move back into the area around midnight.

Picca said they are not expecting widespread flooding, but heavy rain tracking over the same areas repeatedly could put some places at risk of localized flooding.

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