Weather blog: Flash flooding overnight


by WFAA-TV Staff

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 2:14 PM

This motorist got stuck in high water in Fort Worth.

Overnight Storms

Team coverage at 6:30 a.m.

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9:36a: About 9,200 Oncor customers remained without power Tuesday morning after storms brought strong winds and dumped record rainfall overnight. (Bryan Shettig, The Dallas Morning News)

8:25a: The rain isn't gone yet in North Texas, but the worst appears to be over for the day. The heavier showers and thundershowers are now pushing into the southeastern portions of North Texas. Residents from Waco to Corsicana to Athens are now seeing the band of rain, lightning and gusty winds up to 40 mph. Rainfall totals in the region since midnight include 1.68 inches at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, a new record. Over the past 48 hours, the D/FW reporting station has measured 3.91 inches of rain. Other two-day totals include 3.61 inches in Fort Worth, 3.55 inches in Burleson, 3.23 inches in Dallas, and 2,.73 inches in McKinney. Showers will linger through the day. (Greg Fields, WFAA-TV meteorologist)

6:38a: That expression "when it rains it pours" certainly applies to the storms that swept across North Texas Tuesday morning. Flash flooding turned manholes into geysers Monday night in the Arlington Heights area. In Fort Worth, on Hulen Street near Interstate 30, police were called in to keep drivers away from the flooded roads. However, it was too late for some drivers who got stuck in the high water. "My business partner called me and said he was floating away," said Rex Vinson, "so I had a truck and came to help him." In Dallas, the exit to Royal Lane on Interstate 35E was closed early Tuesday morning after the service road was flooded. Police officers were posted there to reroute traffic because of the high water along the low-lying road surface. The road reopened in time for the morning rush hour. (WFAA-TV)

I-30 traffic was halted overnight after flash flooding.

6:37a: Interstate 30 reopened at North Collins Street in Arlington around 4 a.m. Tuesday after being shut down when flash flooding inundated the freeway. Some parts of North Texas received up to 3 inches of rainfall in the overnight storms. (Cynthia Vega in Arlington )

10:43p: High water led to an accident at the Dallas North Tollway and Northwest Highway. Maintenance was reported to be on the way. ( Reports)

10:05p: Over 2,000 power outages have been reported in the North Texas area. (WFAA-TV Reports)

10:03p: The rain is still coming down in Frisco. However, the rain was really coming down about an hour ago. At one part of Parkwood Boulevard in Frisco, one foot of water covered the street. During that time, police closed off the street. A long line of thunderstorms drenched both Collin and Denton counties. Street lights were reported out at U.S. Highway 380 and Interstate 35 in Denton. Radar shows one to two inches of rain have already fallen in Frisco. Meanwhile, Collin County remains under a Flash Flood Warning. (Steve Stoler in Frisco )

10:03p: Flooding has been reported all over the Fort Worth area. The Fort Worth Police Department said they have worked over 20 accidents over the last three hours.

Water could be seen shooting out of a manhole as drivers passed by in the Arlington Heights area. On Hulen near I-30, Fort Worth police directed drivers away from the flooding.

While right now the water has gone down, drivers should be on alert since flash flooding is still possible. (Chris Hawes in Fort Worth )

10:01p: We have had over ten tornado warnings throughout the day. There is still a Tornado Watch, which includes Dallas and Tarrant counties. Flash Flood Warnings are still in effect for Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Hood, Parker and Erath counties. Those go for several more hours.

Right now, heavy rain is falling from Plano to Wylie and getting ready to move into downtown Dallas. The most intense portion of the storm is in southern Dallas County right now at Duncanville and DeSoto. It is moving east-northeast at about 30 mph.

The very heavy rain with strong winds and hail will move into Hutchins at 10:12, Balch Springs at 10:24, Mesquite at 10:28, Seagoville at 10:31, Tripp at 10:36 and Sunnyvale at 10:36.

Right now what were watching is the Tornado Watch, which is in effect until 2 a.m. At this time, the most likely place for a tornado is to the south of Dallas and Fort Worth towards the Waco area. By 3 a.m., I expect that threat to shift off from the D-FW area to the Corsicana and Palestine areas. By 6 p.m., it should be south and going towards Houston.

(Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus)

10p: TxDOT crews have shut down I-30 in both directions at Collins Street in Arlington, which is where a high-water rescue took place earlier in the night. TxDOT engineers are going out to the area to see why it isn't draining properly. (WFAA-TV Reports)

8:56p: Flash flood warnings are now in effect for Collin, Denton and Tarrant until 10:30 p.m. A good chunk of North Texas, including Dallas and Tarrant counties are under a tornado watch until 2 a.m. Heavy rain is falling across a good part of the area right now. A strong storm, which is moving northeast at about 30 mph, is over Allen, Lucas, Plano and Wylie. Lightning has been seen in the area where the intense cluster of storms are located. It will move into Lavon at 9:15, Copeville at 9:20, Nevada at 9:23, Hendrix at 9:39 and Pleasant Valley at 9:40.

Another cluster of storms will be in Rowlett at 9:05, Pleasant Valley at 9:06, Rockwall at 9:19, Lavon at 9:27 and Fate at 9:29. (Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus)

7:32p: The chance of rain was expected to continue over North and Southeast Texas on Veterans Day, according to the National Weather Service.

Joel Kertok
Looking west from Weatherford's Courthouse early Monday evening.

A 40 percent chance of showers and the possibility of isolated thunderstorms was forecast in North Texas on Tuesday. Highs should be in the upper 70s with southwest winds from 10 to 15 mph. Overnight lows should be in the mid-50s with south winds around 10 mph and a 20 percent chance of rain. (The Associated Press)

7:30p: D/FW Airport put their Traffic Management Program into effect due to thunderstorms. The storms have led to flight delays averaging about one hour and 33 minutes. ( Reports)