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Severe Storms, Hail Move Through North Texas



    Cars sustained major damage in Thursday's hail storms, but owners of cars at a collision center in off I-30 will have to get their cars fixed again. (Published Thursday, March 17, 2016)

    Severe storms brought lightning, high wind and hail ranging in size from marbles to tennis balls to North Texas Thursday morning.

    Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for Tarrant and Dallas counties expired at 8:15 a.m. after large hail and winds up to 60 mph affected much the area throughout the morning.

    Hail Storm Photos: March 17, 2016Hail Storm Photos: March 17, 2016

    Officials with the West Division of the Fort Worth Police Department reported roof and flood damage to their building. Arlington police also reported hail damage to several police vehicles.

    As of 9:30 a.m., 10,200 customers were without power in Tarrant County, where the most damage has been reported.  By 1 p.m., that number had dropped to 2,500.

    Chopper 5 Over Hail Damage in Fort WorthChopper 5 Over Hail Damage in Fort WorthChopper 5 over the aftermath of a large hail storm Thursday, March 17, 2016. (Published Thursday, March 17, 2016)

    Several viewers reported hail damage to vehicles and homes.  

    From Chopper 5, evidence of severe wind and hail damage was heavy in Fort Worth, where the zoo also reports eight exotic birds were killed in the storm.

    MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said about 70 percent of the employee vehicles in their parking lot — on Altamere Drive near Interstate 30 in Fort Worth — were damaged by tennis ball-sized hail. Eight ambulances parked at the facility and three more in the field were damaged.

    Severe Storms Cause Damage in Fort WorthSevere Storms Cause Damage in Fort WorthSevere storms drop hail on North Texas Thursday morning, damaging MedStar ambulances and multiple police departments in Tarrant County. (Published Thursday, March 17, 2016)

    "The second round [of storms] was much more intense," Zavadsky said. "It became an echo chamber inside the facility."

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