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Heavy Rains Soak DFW

Heavy rains raise flooding concerns



    Rain to Taper Off

    The latest forecast from NBC 5. (Published Tuesday, March 20, 2012)

    Strong storms swept into North Texas on Monday night, soaking the Metroplex with heavy rain overnight.

    NBC 5 Meteorologist Remeisha Shade said the severe thunderstorm threat had moved past the Metroplex, although heavy rain continued to fall across North Texas early Tuesday morning. (See our entire list of maps and radars here.)

    Flood warnings and flash flood watches are in effect across much of North Texas.

    Conditions are expected to improve by midday, but rain expected to continue through the morning commute. The heavy rain should move out by late morning, with rain chances decreasing by the afternoon, Shade said.

    Rain Floods Low-Lying Streets

    [DFW] Steady Rain Floods Low-Lying Streets
    Heavy rain in Dallas flooded low-lying streets and slowed traffic. Before the storm arrived, gusty winds blew down an awning at a Plano convenience store.
    (Published Tuesday, March 20, 2012)

    Clouds began moving into Fort Worth shortly before 6 p.m., and the heavy rains moved into Dallas at about 7 p.m. Low-lying streets flooded, slowing traffic.

    In Dallas County, some areas received 3 inches of rain between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Monday, with more on the way. Over three to four hours, those areas had received more than 5 inches of rain.

    At 8 a.m., Oncor Electric Delivery reported about 9,300 customers without power in North Texas (2,752 in Fort Worth Metro and 2,101 in Dallas Metro). Oncor had reported as many as 26,100 outages across Texas at one point on Monday. (Outages can be reported at 888-313-4747. If you see a downed power line, call 911.)

    Firefighters: Lightning Could Have Sparked House Fire

    [DFW] Firefighters: Lightning Could Have Sparked House Fire
    Firefighters said lightning could have sparked one of three house fires that broke out in Fort Worth at about the same time.
    (Published Monday, March 19, 2012)

    Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport reported limited weather-related delays, with about 35 flights canceled Tuesday.

    Due to a number of lightning strikes this morning, the Trinity Railway Express has experienced intermittent outages to train traffic control systems. Trains can still operate, but at reduced speeds, DART said Tuesday morning. Additionally, when one train is delayed on a single track section, opposing trains must wait for it to clear before proceeding. Passengers may experience 5-10 minute delays through downtown due to malfunctioning traffic signals.

    Storm Leaves Damage in its Wake

    Strong winds are likely to blame for an awning collapse that damaged four cars at a strip shopping center in Hurst and for a toppled big-rig in Grapevine near Airfield Drive and Texan Trail. The truck driver was a little shaken, but not injured.

    Firefighters said lightning may have sparked at least one house fire in Fort Worth on Monday night.

    "They said there was a whole list of lightning strikes in the area, and they were hitting all over," said Thomas Romero, whose home caught fire.

    Thunderstorms and rain blanketed much of Texas. The National Weather Service said a tornado had touched down about 25 miles southwest of San Antonio on Monday and moved northeast.

    Storm spotters also reported tornadoes on the ground near Devine and Lytle.

    No major damage was reported.

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    NBC 5's Kevin Cokely, Scott Gordon and Frank Heinz contributed to this report.