Wall cloud with rotation reported just west of Joshua near Burleson
Storms moved into west Fort Worth about rush hour Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds but no tornadoes.
By 6:30 p.m., the line of thunderstorms had rumbled eastward into Dallas and Ellis Counties, the National Weather Service reported, but additional showers were forming west of Tarrant County.
“We’re going to continue to see this complex of storms to develop and move off to the east,” weather service meteorologist Juan Hernandez said. “But as we lose daylight, we should see something of a down-tick in these storms.”
The weather service fielded wide-ranging reports of severe storms as the main line moved through the western portions of the DFW area. Hail as big as half-dollar size was reported in Johnson County, and 60-mph winds at South Hulen Street and Altamesa Boulevard in southwest Fort Worth.
Tennis-ball size hail was reported in Stephens County near Breckenridge.
And a tornado warning was issued at 5:15 p.m. for northwestern Johnson County. A wall cloud with rotation was spotted near Godley, but by 5:30 p.m. the county’s emergency management office said no damage other than downed tree branches was found.
At 11 p.m., Oncor’s power outage map showed roughly 1,450 customers in about 45 locations without electricity. Most outages were south of Interstate 20.
A family in Saginaw was startled when lighting struck their house, delivering a jolt to young Ellaina Carrell as she operated a blender in the kitchen, CBS/DFW reported. It caused only a brief pain in the girl’s hand, the TV station reported.
Mansfield Fire Chief Barry Bondurant said the storm caused little damage in his city and produced wind no stronger than 46 mph.
“We had a few power lines get knocked down, and a tree fell across a street,” Bondurant said. The city activated its emergency operations center ahead of the storm, just as a precaution. “We only had a couple of calls.”
North Texas is still trying to recover from hailstorms two weeks ago that generated an estimated $600 million in auto and property insurance claims from Benbrook to Arlington.
Staff writer Robert Cadwallader contributed to this report.