Hail Pelts North Texas

High winds and hail swept through North Texas on Wednesday.

Winds up to 70 mph downed trees and power lines in North Texas on Wednesday night, with one tree falling onto a mobile home near Mansfield.

The biggest hail hit Denton County, which saw hail up to 2 inches in diameter.

Meagan Alpha was at home in Highland Village with her children and their friends when she heard small pea-sized hail. By the time she went downstairs to see the precipitation for herself, golf-ball sized chunks of ice were hitting her home.

"It was hitting windows on the other side and the house on this side and our patio covers, so it was just like hard rocks pelting into the house," she said.

The hail didn't break any windows, and a preliminary check didn't reveal any damage.

Wind did knock down a few fences in the neighborhood. The wind also left a few customers without power.

The storm wreaked havoc at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, where trees were snapped in half. Wednesday night's game against the Diamondbacks was rained out and postponed another day.

"Well, here's the bummer -- this is my granddaughter's first Texas Rangers baseball game, so we are really disappointed," one fan said.

But the rain didn't damage their spirits too much. The grandfather said they would be back many times.

Pieces of what looked like a ride at Hurricane Harbor were scattered all over the parking lot.

The water park said high winds blew the ride parts, which were staged in the parking lot, into a nearby street. Witnesses said some pieces were thrown into the median of the street.

All of the parts were back inside the parking later Wednesday night.

No injuries were reported in the Metroplex or in the Panhandle, where funnel clouds spun over the plains but only one weak tornado reached the ground in Turkey. No damage was reported from those storms.

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