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Severe Storms Bring Damaging Winds to North Texas Wednesday

Storms bring hurricane-force winds, heavy rain and lightning to Wednesday morning commute



    Watch: Storm Damage at DFW Airport

    Early morning storms damaged a jet bridge, parking overhangs and parked vehicles at DFW Airport. (Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Severe storms decreased in intensity as they moved from west to east before sunrise.

    • Winds up to 80 mph were recorded as the line of storms moved from Tarrant into Dallas and Collin counties.

    • Always stay weather aware and download the NBCDFW app to get up-to-the-minute alerts.

    Live video from Texas Sky Ranger surveying storm damage will appear in the player above. From time to time the screen may go black -- this is normal and the stream will resume shortly.

    A line of severe storms brought damaging winds and heavy rain to the Dallas-Fort Worth region Wednesday morning.

    The storms lost their intensity as they moved west to east. NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston says the severe weather threat ended by about 7 a.m., but steady rain is expected through the morning drive.

    Wednesday afternoon will be mostly sunny and breezy. Expect afternoon highs in the 70s with gusty southwest winds 25-35 mph and gusts to 45 mph. A Wind advisory will be in effect from noon until 7 p.m. today.

    Storm Damage in Arlington: Damaged Trees, Broken FenceStorm Damage in Arlington: Damaged Trees, Broken Fence

    One area of Arlington got damaged including a large tree. Wind gusts ripped through Arlington and a fence was completely knocked over.

    (Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019)

    Raw: Powerful Rain in Downtown DallasRaw: Powerful Rain in Downtown Dallas

    Reporter Courtney Gilmore was in Downtown Dallas as powerful rain moved through the area early Wednesday morning.

    (Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019)

    Storm Damage Reports

    There were widespread reports of damage caused by strong winds.

    The Johnson County Office of Emergency management shared this picture of a modular home that had tipped onto a car in Cleburne. (Published March 13, 2019)
    Photo credit: @jocotx_em

    Powerful winds blew the roof off a cargo facility near the north entrance to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Video taken at the scene showed twisted metal and debris mangled with several parked cars. There have been no immediate reports of injuries.

    A Federal Aviation Administration building at DFW Airport was damaged along with ground-based radio transmitting equipment on the airport's east side, said Lynn Lunsford, FAA spokesman. Lunsford said operations are continuing as normal and backup systems worked as designed.

    Grand Prairie police said there was significant damage to hangars and planes flipped upside down at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport. No injuries have been reported.

    The Johnson County Office of Emergency Management said a woman was inside a mobile home in Cleburne when strong winds flipped the building onto its side and onto a car. She was transported to a hospital with unknown injuries.

    Emergency officials said there were several other reports of houses being damaged in Godley.

    Your Storm Photos - March 13, 2019Your Storm Photos - March 13, 2019

    Arlington police dispatch reported overhead highway signs being torn down near the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 at Matlock Road.

    Check back for updates.

    Power Outages

    According to Oncor, more than 90,000 customers in North Texas were without electricity as of 6:20 a.m. Wednesday morning. By 9:30 a.m., the following counties had the greatest number of customers without power:

    • Collin County: 5,175
    • Dallas County: 45,678
    • Denton County: 4,090
    • Ellis County: 3,449
    • Hunt County: 1,220
    • Johnson County: 2,272
    • Rockwall County: 4,577
    • Tarrant County: 38,915

    Once we get to Wednesday afternoon, the rest of the week and weekend look pretty good. It will be a little cooler than normal for that stretch, but it will also be dry.

    Stay weather aware and download the NBCDFW app to get up-to-the-minute alerts and access to our S-band radar.

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