More Than 3 Inches of Rain in Parts of North Texas Saturday - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
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More Than 3 Inches of Rain in Parts of North Texas Saturday

Severe storms moved west to east Saturday afternoon in North Texas



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    (Published Saturday, May 18, 2019)

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    Weather Alerts

    Tornado Watches and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings affected all of North Texas at various times of the day Saturday. Dallas-Fort Worth was under a Tornado Watch until 5 p.m., while some of North Texas' easternmost counties were affected until 8 p.m.

    The National Weather Service briefly issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Tarrant and Dallas counties until 8:30 p.m., but canceled it shortly before 8 p.m. when the storm lost its momentum.

    Click here for a full listing of active weather alerts in North Texas.

    Ground stops were in effect at both Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field for much of the afternoon Saturday as storms moved through North Texas.

    At about 2:40 p.m., DFW Airport reported departure delays averaging about 2 hours and 37 minutes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Meanwhile, Dallas Love Field reported average delays of about 2 hours.

    The Latest

    North Texas braced for the possibility of tornadoes Saturday as a line of severe storms brought torrential rain, hail, strong winds and lightning to the region.

    Parts of North Texas received more than 3 inches of rain Saturday as a slow-moving storm system took several hours to move across the area.

    Rain totals at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport reached 2.18 inches, while Richardson saw 3.66 and Possum Kingdom Lake received 4.07 inches of rain.

    A brief Tornado Warning was issued at about 3:30 p.m. for Ellis and Navarro counties. It was allowed to expire about 15 minutes later. Early reports indicated tree damage in the area around Interstate 45, just south of U.S. Highway 287.

    Shortly after, another tornadic storm prompted warnings for Kaufman and Van Zandt Counties. The system raced to the east at 50 mph along Interstate 20 towards Canton. The S-Band Radar detected wind velocities at more than 60 mph in this storm.

    The storm system developed in counties west of the DFW Metroplex at about mid-morning and gained strength as it marched eastward into the afternoon.

    As temperatures warmed, some storms turned severe. Pictures and videos of hail were shared with from cities across the area.

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    (Published Saturday, May 18, 2019)

    As the storms continued into the afternoon, parts of Dallas County experienced high water as rain pounded the area.

    Sunshine returns Sunday with a high in the upper 80s. More storms, however, will be looming into early next week, particularly late Monday into Tuesday morning.

    Power Outages

    Oncor reported thousands of its customers were without electricity as storms rolled through the North Texas region. Most outages were restored, but as of 11:10 p.m. Saturday, there were still several thousand people without electricity in several counties:

    • Dallas: 8,358
    • Collin: 1,370 
    • Ellis: 627
    • Tarrant: 1,276
    • Denton: 65  
    • Hunt: 520
    • Kaufman: 314
    • Van Zandt: 272

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    Before the Storm
    Weather Safety

    Stay Safe During a Hail Storm
    At Home?
    • Head indoors immediately
    • If time allows, close all drapes, blinds or shades to prevent broken glass from entering your home.
    • Stay away from windows and skylights (any exterior glass) and head to a safe location inside your home, ideally only with interior walls.
    • Cover your head and seek shelter indoors immediately.
    • If you are trapped outside, get to a low-lying area and try to protect your head. Use clothing if it's all you have.
    • Stay inside your vehicle.
    • Slow down or pull over and stop at a safe location. DO NOT stop under a highway overpass. You may be protecting your vehicle, but you could be forcing other people to stop behind you.
    • Turn your back to windows or cover yourself with a blanket, coat or spare clothing to protect yourself from breaking glass.
    • If you have a sunroof, try to find something to protect your head.


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