High Winds, Storms Move Into North Texas

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    High winds and storms blew through North Texas tearing down a cell phone tower at Flower Mound Marcus High School Friday. (Published Friday, Jul 20, 2012)

    High winds and storms blew through North Texas, tearing down trees and a cellphone tower and causing a semi-trailer to blow over on the highway.

    Thousands of people were left without power from the storms. About 5,000 customers remained without electricity Saturday morning, down from more than 8,000 outages on Friday.

    In Flower Mound, the storm did plenty of damage around Marcus High School. Heavy winds tossed around parts of the roof were peeled away and an equipment trailer.

    Just behind the school's stadium, a 100-foot cellphone tower came crashing down in the parking lot.

    Also, a more than 150-year-old tree snapped in half at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Luckily, the tree didn't hit the sanctuary.

    At State Highway 121 and State Highway 114 in Grapevine, an 18-wheeler rolled over on the highway because of high winds in the area.

    Pictures from Chopper 5 showed a car crushed under its right side. Grapevine police told NBC 5 no one was injured in the accident.

    Traffic was backed up for miles along SH 121 and SH 114 during rush hour.

    Aviation warnings were issued in both Tarrant and Dallas counties, affecting flights at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Friday.

    Storm spotters saw small hail, lightning, and heavy rain with storms moving through the area from northern counties and moving south.

    Temperatures significantly dropped as the front moved through the area. A recorded 102 temperature at DFW Airport dropped to 79 degrees in a matter of 30 minutes as the front passed.

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    NBC 5's Omar Villafranca contributed to this report.