Soaking North Texas Rains Cause Power, Traffic Problems

Friday, Sep 20, 2013  |  Updated 6:32 PM CDT
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North Texas is having a soggy end to the summer. Storms have flooded streets and knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. NBC 5 crews canvassed the area to report on the rain.

Ken Kalthoff, Chris Van Horne, Eric King and Randy McIlwain, NBC 5 News

North Texas is having a soggy end to the summer. Storms have flooded streets and knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. NBC 5 crews canvassed the area to report on the rain.

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Parts of Texas have been getting soaked as rain and cooler temperatures make their way into the state.

Oncor reported more than 26,000 North Texas customers lost electricity in the storms overnight. Most of the power outages are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where an estimated 6,000 were still without power as of 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Classes at Rockwall-Heath High School were canceled Friday due to no electricity.

Meanwhile, in Arlington, firefighters rescued several motorists stranded in high water.  The National Weather Service said much of West Texas and part of South Texas are under flood watches Friday, while Central Texas expected up to three inches.

Temperatures were to reach only the upper 70s and low 80s in West and North Texas, and upper 80s in South and Southeast Texas.

After a wet Friday night in the 50s in the Panhandle and 60s and low 70s elsewhere, rain should make South and Southeast Texas cloudy and wet through Saturday with temperatures in the 80s.

But will rain ruin your weekend? NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston said after Friday's showers, rain chances should only drop to 10 percent for Saturday.

The rains left North Texas roads in a mess as drivers slipped around on rain-slicked streets and caused dozens of crashes. NBC 5's Samantha Davis tracked the traffic troubles throughout the morning, tagging Tweets with #DFWTraffic to help followers find out where crashes slowed progress.

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