Severe weather blog: High waters across North Texas

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Posted on March 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 6:55 AM

Very heavy rainfall is expected through Tuesday morning, with totals between two and five inches, and isolated locations receiving up to six inches. Some storms will be severe, with large hail and damaging winds being the main threats. Flash flooding is likely.   - National Weather Service


NOON This afternoon, we're dealing with the aftermath of the storms. We still have issues out there with high water water and runoff even thought the rain is moving out of the area right now. - WFAA Meteorologist Greg Fields

8:35a While the rain is still falling, the back edge of the storm can now be seen just west of Tarrant County. So, we will start to see some clearing from the west to east the rest of the morning. - WFAA Meteorologist Greg Fields

7:39a The rain is still coming down out there, with heavier showers and embedded thunderstorms in there as well. There have been lots of reports of high waters out there to slow you down. Rain fall totals have hit nearly four inches in Dallas and over six inches in Waco. - WFAA Meteorologist Greg Fields

6:50a American Airlines has just reported 162 flight cancellations at D/FW and American Eagle 32. - WFAA

6:42a Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has already announced a few departure and arrival delays and cancellations. The airport reported about 35 departures have been canceled and other departures would likely see delays. D/FW warned passengers to call ahead or check the status of their flight at www.dfwairport.com. Most flights at Dallas Love Field are running on time. - WFAA

6:07a Oncor had nearly 8,900 customers without electricity from Dallas-Fort Worth to South Texas. About 4,000 North Texans are still without power. - WFAA

6:04a TRE riders have been delayed by about 15 minutes. Flooding in a construction zone has led to the closure of I-35W near Meacham Boulevard in Fort Worth. Crews worked to cut seams into the mounds of earth near the site in order that water could flow through. Currently, one lane of northbound traffic is getting through. Fort Worth is working about 19 accidents across the area at this time. - Jim Douglas, WFAA

6:03a Backup has been heavy on northbound I-35W at Meacham Boulevard in Fort Worth. Northbound I-35 has been closed at Saner Avenue in Dallas due to an accident involving a tractor trailer. Three lanes are closed on I-35E at US 67. Please be careful out there with those slick roads. - Deanne Moore, WFAA

6:01a Flooding is going to be the primary concern right now, I haven't seen severe weather across the area and don't anticipate that. We will have plenty of rain coming down as we continue through the morning. The falling rain will be sticking around for several hours and right into the morning rush. Over the last couple of days, Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton have picked up over three inches of rain, with 5.66 inches in Waco. Temperatures will be around 53 degrees at 7 a.m. with rain continuing to fall, and lower 60s around lunchtime and likely dry. - Meteorologist Greg Fields

5:15a A FLOOD WARNING has been extended for Dallas County until 10:45 a.m. Collin, Denton and Tarrant counties also remain under a FLOOD WARNING until 9:15 a.m. - WFAA

2:37a A FLASH FLOOD WARNING remains in effect until 3:45 a.m. for Dallas and Ellis Counties. The National Weather Service says rainfall rates have diminished, but excessive runoff from earlier heavy rain of 2 to 3 inches will continue to present a threat of flash flooding across the two counties. Never drive through water if you don't know how deep it is; turn around and go another way. it only takes two feet of moving water to carry away most vehicles, including pickups and SUVs. - WFAA

12m Dallas firefighters rescued a homeless man who was stranded in a tree above rain-swollen White Rock Creek late Monday night. Workers at a business near Northwest Highway and Lawther Drive called 911 after they heard someone calling out for help. The man was taken to a hospital for treatment of possible hypothermia. - WFAA

11:46p The storms moving into Kaufman, Van Zandt and Henderson counties over the next hour pack winds up to 65 mph and quarter-size hail. - Meteorologist Steve McCauley

11:45p A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Henderson, Kaufman, Navarro and Van Zandt counties until 12:30 a.m. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

11:03p Widespread showers and thunderstorms continue to roll through North Texas, with the heaviest falling right now ot the east of Dallas. Almost all of the Channel 8 viewing area will see rain through the overnight areas and into the early afternoon on Tuesday.  - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

11:02p A gasoline tanker skidded into a ditch at Main Street and Spinning Glen Street in Euless. Traffic was diverted as the carload of fuel was tranferred to another tanker. - WFAA

10:49p The eastbound and westbound service roads along LBJ Freeway at Park Central Drive have been closed due to flooding. - WFAA

10:48p Oncor reports 14,320 customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are without power due to the storms. - WFAA

10:01p We've had 2 to 3 inches across Dallas County in just the last two hours or so. This is great news for Lake Lavon, but could cause problems in other locations. The track of the storm is not moving much to the east, but is rather moving north-northeast, so the track of the storm is likely to bring more soaking rain to North Texas over the next hours. A tornado watch is in effect for areas east of Dallas, but flooding is a bigger concern for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We will have widespread rain overnight and through the Tuesday morning rush hour. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

9:54p The tornado watch for Dallas, Collin, Ellis, Grayson, Johnson, Bosque, Hamilton, Lampasas, Coryell, Fannin, Hill and McLennan counties will expire at 10 p.m. Monday. Another tornado watch remains in effect for Kaufman, Rockwall Smith, Van Zandt, Hunt, and other counties east of Dallas-Fort Worth through 2 a.m. Tuesday. - WFAA

9:39p Seven flooded Dallas intersections are now closed to traffic:

  • Frost, Oakdale, Farragut at Oakland Channel
  • Illinois at Linfield
  • Goodnight at Walnut Hill
  • Tantor at X
  • 7400 Merriman Parkway
  • West Lawther at Northwest Highway
  • Farmers Market at Pearl Street

9:02p The National Weather Service has issued a FLASH FLOOD WARNING for Dallas and Collin counties until 1 a.m. Tuesday. Some flood-prone Dallas streets are being barricaded as a precaution.  - WFAA

8:56p The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning until 10 p.m. for south central Bexar County (San Antonio) and northern Atascosa County. - WFAA

8:28p Tornadoes have been spotted on the ground near Devine and Lytle, southwest of San Antonio. A large tornadic cell is moving into the San Antonio area. - KENS-TV

8:18p There's a severe thunderstorm warning in Bosque County southwest of Fort Worth, where there is quarter-size hail reported and winds of 60-65 mph. Tarrant and Denton counties are covered with rain, along with most of Dallas and Collin counties. We'll continue to see those storms expand in coverage throughout the night because more activity is developing to the south of us. A new tornado watch  has been issued to the east of Dallas until 2 a.m. We've already picked up as much as 2 inches of rain, with totals up to 6 inches by Wednesday. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

7:58p A man driving a car had a close call with some high water north of Slidell at the Denton-Wise County line tonight. Deputies responding to a call for help around 7:30 found a car in White's Creek near FM 51 and Fortenberry Road. By the time they arrived, the lone occupant had waded to safety. The incident happened as a line of rain showers moved through the area. The driver was wet, but unhurt. - Jack Beavers, WFAA

7:50p Consistent rain is falling in downtown Dallas; nothing heavy. We're seeing sporadic lightning and it's much cooler now, as predicted. - Jason Whitely, WFAA

7:30p The National Weather Service has canceled a tornado watch for Comanche, Cooke, Denton, Erath, Hood, Mills, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant and  Wise counties. A tornado watch remains in effect for Dallas, Collin, Bosque, Coryell, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hamilton, Hill, Johnson, Lampasas and McLennan counties until 10 p.m.  - WFAA

6:34p Another update from Oncor... now just under 20,000 customers without power in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. - WFAA

6:06p Oncor says power has been restored to about 7,000 customers in North Texas, but 15,264 remain blacked out. - WFAA

6:01p The storm has just now entered Denton and Tarrant counties. While this is a strong storm system, we have no reports at this hour of any severe storms or warnings. It's just starting to rain in downtown Fort Worth. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

5:55p High wind toppled the awning at a gas station at Independence Parkway and Spring Creek Parkway in Plano around 1:30 this afternoon. "I was just shocked," said Kareem , the owner of the gas station.  "I was crying on the inside, you know... what the hell just happened?"  - WFAA reporter Steve Stoler in Plano

5:27p Latest projections show the slow-moving storm arriving in Fort Worth at 5:56; in Arlington at 6:41; in Irving at 7:14; in Duncanville at 7:20; and in Dallas at 7:44. It will bring hail, wind and very, very heavy rain. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

5:20p Temperatures will plummet as the storm front moves through North Texas. It's 80 degrees in Dallas right now; just 58 in Mineral Wells on the other side of the front. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

5:01p There are no warnings of any kind in effect for the Dallas-Fort Worth area at this hour. I expect the line of thunderstorms just now crossing into northwest Tarrant County will move to the Dallas-Tarrant County line in 60 to 90 minutes from now. We can observe very heavy rain falling now on Highway 287 near Decatur. For the next 20 to 24 hours, we will see very heavy rain across the area. We'll see waves of showers all night long. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

4:58p Storms approaching North Texas are approaching in a solid line; that keeps the potential for tornadoes low. If this pattern continues, it'll be primarily a heavy rain and wind event for the Dallas/Fort Worth area. - Meteorologist Steve McCauley

4:57p DART now says electrical problems caused by high winds are disrupting signals and switches on its light rail network; passengers can expect delays of 15 to 20 minutes. - WFAA

4:51p The weather conditions are forcing delays and cancellations at local airports. Check our D/FW and Love Field flight status pages for up-to-the-second information. - WFAA

4:44p Oncor is now reporting a total of more than 23,000 customers without power in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. - WFAA

4:39p High winds are apparently to blame for stripping away part of the facade of the Wingate by Wyndham hotel at 8220 Esters Boulevard, just northeast of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. - WFAA

4:29p DART says rail passengers can expect 5 to 10 minute delays this afternoon due to high winds. - WFAA

4:20p We're getting reports of an 18-wheeler blown over at Airfield Drive and Texan Trail in Grapevine. A News 8 crew is on the way to investigate.  - WFAA

4p Very heavy rain continues to fall in Wise County. In Poolville, there are reports of very large hail up to 1.5 inches in diameter. All Irving ISD after-school activities have been canceled. We are looking into still-unconfirmed reports of a building collapse in Irving, possibly due to high wind. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

3:52p We expect the storm to arrive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area around 5:30 to 6 p.m . You can expect winds from 50 to 60 mph and large hail. In addition, a tornado watch remains in effect for most of North Texas until 10 p.m. A flash flood watch is in effect through Tuesday evening. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

3:50p We're watching more thunderstorm warnings come in; right now we have severe thunderstorm warnings in effect for Cooke, Denton, Montague and Wise counties until 4:30 p.m. The storm activity is just to the west of Dallas-Fort Worth at this moment. The severe thunderstorm on the radar is on top of Wise County; winds there could be 60 mph or stronger with quarter to golf ball-size hail a possibility with this storm. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

3:40p The wind advisary continues until 7 p.m. for North Texas. With wind gust of 40mph or stronger. A tornado watch until 10 p.m.The severe thunderstorm warning for Wise County last until 3:45 p.m. the flash flood watch continues through Tuesday night.

3:10p All of North Texas is under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. A flash flood watch is also in effect through Tuesday.

In advance of this line of storms, strong winds are blowing through the area at speeds of 60mph and more. News 8 is getting reports of trees down in areas like Burleson.

Oncor is reporting 17,000 customers are without power across the metroplex.

Mineral Wells is seeing quarter size hail. That system has left Palo Pinto County is heading toward Wise County.

 

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