Storms likely to hit Fort Worth area Wednesday morning; skies will clear later in day

For a second consecutive day, showers and thunderstorms will likely waterlog the Fort Worth area on Wednesday morning as a cold front courses through the region.

And in much the way that the elements unfolded on Tuesday, rain and clouds were forecast to cede to clearer skies and faint chances of showers in the afternoon on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

New rainfall amounts of between a 1/4 and a 1/2-inch were forecast for Wednesday. The high temperature will be in the upper 80s, the weather service said.

A higher-than-normal number of traffic crashes and multiple house fires started by lightning were reported Tuesday morning amid heavy storms in the metropolitan area.

One of the crashes involved a school bus striking a tree, and at least one child complained of an injury, police said. A woman was evaluated for minor injuries after one of the fires.

The various incidents believed to be weather-related began as early as 6 a.m., when rain began falling in Fort Worth, officials said.

MedStar responded to 23 crashes between 6 and 10 a.m., which is a “higher-than-normal traffic crash volume,” MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said. About 8 a.m., a Fort Worth Independent School District bus carrying a total of 36 people ran into a tree near the intersection of East Rosedale Street and Mitchell Boulevard, according to police and MedStar. Zavadsky said the children were in grades 6 through 12.

Although police reported one child was complaining of being injured, no one was taken to a hospital, Zavadsky said.

Two house fires were reported in northwest Fort Worth about 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to Mike Drivdahl, a Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman. One started in the attic of a home in the 6100 block of Falls Lake Road, and firefighters were able to get inside the building and stop it, Drivdahl said. There were no reported injuries.

The fire was determined to have been the result of lightning, Drivdahl said.

Another fire in the 9500 block of Landing Way, determined to be started by lightning, began in the roof but quickly spread, and firefighters had to battle the blaze by spraying water from the tops of ladders, Drivdahl said. The sole female occupant of the home was evaluated for minor injuries but did not require medical attention.

“She said she heard a large clap of thunder and then felt a tingling sensation, and then several minutes later the roof of the home was on fire,” Drivdahl said. “So we did have her checked out to make sure she was OK.”

Staff writer Emerson Clarridge contributed to this report.

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