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Rounds of Storms Bringing Heavy Rain to DFW

Two batches of storms brought heavy rain and lightning just in time for the Wednesday morning commute

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Rounds of storms inundated North Texas with heavy rain, lightning and gusty winds Wednesday morning. We'll dry out Thursday and Friday before another chance for rain returns Saturday.

Heavy rain led to high water and several road closures. Flood advisories were issued for Dallas and Tarrant counties until 12 p.m. and Bosque, Hill, Johnson and Somervell counties until 12:45 p.m.  Those have since expired.

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The Fort Worth Fire Department tweeted several reports of high water rescue operations. By 9:45 a.m., first responders were working a total of 12 rescue calls.

The heaviest part of the storms pushed through Dallas and much of the groundwater is swelling at White Rock Lake Spillway.

The storms first gained strength the Texas Panhandle Tuesday night and eventually crossed across western Oklahoma and Northwest Texas during the overnight hours.

The first round of thunderstorms storms marched across Dallas-Fort Worth between 4-6 a.m. The thunderstorms, while not severe, brought heavy rain, lightning and wind gusts up to 45 mph.

The first line of storms knocked down the severe weather potential for a second line of heavy rain. That storm reached Fort Worth by about 8 a.m.

As forecast, these storms did have an impact on the morning commute. Lightning is suspected to be the cause of at least two house fires — one in Keller and another in North Richland Hills — Wednesday morning. No injuries were reported.

After Wednesday, we will get the chance to dry out for a couple of days. But it appears will have another shot at some rain by next weekend.

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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.
Outdoors?
  • 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.
Driving?
  • 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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