Weather recap: Severe weather surprises North Texas, but damage limited




Posted on May 8, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Updated Thursday, May 8 at 11:30 PM

Severe weather travels through North Texas. Flash Flood warnings issued for Dallas County until 6:15 p.m. Colin, Hunt, Rockwall, Delta and Hopkins counties until 7:15 p.m.

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6:22p The city of University Park reports only minor property damage an no injuries in Thursday's storms. City crews put barricades in place in several intersections due to high water, but they were removed by 5 p.m.

Now crews will clear tree limbs from roads. Most of the tree damage was in the southwest portion of University Park, near the Dallas North Tollway. -

6:13p We are currently seeing no severe thunderstorms across North Texas and East Texas. There is some severe activity near Waco.

Tarrant County is currently drying out while some showers continue to pass through the area to the east. Rain should be over in Arlington by 7 p.m., just before the Texas Rangers game is scheduled to begin.

The storms continue to progress to the northeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth area towards Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County.

Until 9 p.m. you can expect light rain in Dallas County, but the bulk of the storms will be near Greenville to the east by that time.

The area should dry out overnight and sunshine should return to North Texas tomorrow - Meteorologist Pete Delkus

5:52p Oncor about to reenergize electric lines in 3600 block of Canada Dr. after reported tornado caused minor damage to homes and a church. - Jason Whitely, WFAA

5:47p Half dozen homes in West Dallas have minor damage - parts of roofs gone, sheds toppled, lines down after reported tornado this afternoon. - Jason Whitely, WFAA

5:32p Lampasas Airport measured 2.23" in one hour. Flash flood warning now in effect for Lampasas County. - National Weather Service

5:28p Dramatic video shot by Dave Fulson and posted to YouTube by Cameron Kuenzer shows downed power lines burning a tree until the fire causes a transformer to blow on McKinney in Dallas.

5:19p Reporter Jason Whitely surveys the damage and talks with a homeowner who explains what she heard when a storm swept through her neighborhood in West Dallas as the area was under a Tornado Warning. "I just seen wind blowing real hard and I seen a tail," she said. "It wasn't even a big tail. That's all I saw ... You could hear this noise, 'woo, woo, woo.' And then it shook my house like, 'clank, clank, clank.'" The storm left behind major damage on her street.

5:10p There's major damage in Joshua, located in Johnson County. Reporter Todd Unger talked with a mother and father who made it out OK despite their roof ripping off and landing about 75 feet away. Their baby, Alexis, was scratched but OK.

5p News 8's Jason Whitely checks out storm-damaged areas in the 3100 block of Canada Drive. There were no injuries in the area.

4:59p Meteorologist Ashton Altieri explains what changed to make your smart phones prompt you when severe weather occurs.

4:50p Increasing threat of damaging winds just west of #Lampasas. Severe thunderstorm warning forthcoming for 60-mph winds. - National Weather Service

4:49p Hunt County storm has weakened. Severe thunderstorm warning is expiring. No new warning expected at this time. - National Weather Service

4:48p Reports of downed power lines across North Texas. If you see a dangerous line down you can call Oncor's help line at 888-313-4747.

4:41p Major damage reported in the 600 block of Canada Drive in Dallas after a Tornado Warning was issued earlier in northeastern Dallas County. - Jason Whitely,

4:40p Strong storm near Lampasas capable of nickel hail and 50-mph winds. - National Weather Service

4:19p Flash Flood warnings issued for Dallas County until 6:15 p.m. Colin, Hunt, Rockwall, Delta and Hopkins counties until 7:15 p.m. Locations that will continue to be affected by rain include: Balch Springs, Seagoville, Mesquite, Richardson, Sunnyvale, Garland, Rowlett and Sachse. -

4:16p 60-mph winds will likely impact I-30 corridor in SW Hunt County. - National Weather Service

4:12p Peter Schulte in Dallas reported the window on the 12th floor of his building at Central Expressway and Fitzugh blew out. It's the same building that houses CBS. "We felt the power of the winds that knocked out our power ... It was quite scary."

4:07p Strong winds may impact I-35W near Johnson/Hill line, including Grandview. - National Weather Service

4:06p 37,500 without power in Dallas. -

4:04p SMU, Highland Park remains sheltering in place. -

4p Seventy-mph winds likely impacting Lake Ray Hubbard Bridge (I-30); heading toward city of Rockwall. - National Weather Service

3:59p Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Collin, Hunt and Rockwall County until 4:45 p.m. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus

3:57p Radar showing 70-mph winds just south of Rowlett; will impact I-30 N of Heath. Damaging winds heading toward city of Rockwall. - National Weather Service

3:55p Tornado warning will be canceled, but straight-line wind threat remains. 70-mph winds to impact Rowlett and Heath. - National Weather Service

3:53p Potentially tornadic circulation is now over Rowlett/Sachse area, moving ENE. - National Weather Service

3:52p Students in DISD, Richardson ISD have sought shelter; DART closed as severe weather in area. -

3:48p Potentially tornadic circulation is re-strengthening over Garland. Damaging winds likely. Seek shelter now! - National Weather Service

3:36p TORNADO WARNING IN DALLAS: NWS meteorologist detected severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near University Park moving northeast at 30 mph. The warning remains in effect until 4:15 p.m. -

3:27p Rain is pouring down in downtown Dallas with heavy winds gusting. -

3:15p A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Dallas and northern Ellis counties until 4:15 p.m. -

2:50p A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for southern Tarrant County and northern Johnson County until 3:30 p.m. These areas could experience damaging wind over 60 mph. This storm is moving NE at 40 mph. The warning includes Benbrook, Burleson, Alvarado and the extreme south side of Fort Worth. - WFAA Meteorologist Pete Delkus

2:40p Urban, small stream flood advisory for Tarrant County until 3:30 p.m. -

12:42p Isolated storms are redeveloping southwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We'll watch this area, as well as areas to the west, for additional storms that may affect North Texas later today. - Meteorologist Colleen Coyle, WFAA

12:23p Latest round of rain pushing in from the south has really taken aim on the eastern half of the metroplex with one to four inches across Dallas, southeast Collin, western Kaufman and all of Rockwall counties where Flash Flood Warnings are in effect. Sure would be nice if we could spread this around back to the west, but the math continues to favor eastern areas for the best of the rain. - Meteorologist Steve McCauley, WFAA

11:40a Activity pushing east of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Question is will storms redevelop out later today? We'll see if atmosphere recovers. - Meteorologist Colleen Coyle, WFAA

11:32a The highest rainfall totals North Texas has seen so far today are in Rowlett and Heath, where over 2.3" of rain have fallen. - Meteorologist Colleen Coyle, WFAA

11:21a Last child pulled from Town Creek. Dallas Fire-Rescue crews rushed him to a nearby ambulance. -

11:20a We have more rain developing in Johnson and Ellis Counties.  This rain will move to the northeast and become a flooding concern for Southern Dallas County. - Lance Conrad, WFAA

10:56a Dallas police watch over Town Creek as a high-water rescue is underway. Police say there is one child left to rescue after several others were brought to safety.  A large number of rescuers are at the creek looking for the child in the 300 block of Glen Oaks Boulevard.  - David Schechter, WFAA

10:46a Flood Advisory for Dallas and Rockwall counties. Ponding of water can make driving hazardous. Minor flooding for streams. - Meteorologist Colleen Coyle, WFAA

10:44a The National Weather Service has reported a significant weather advisory for southeastern Collin, northeastern Dallas, southwestern Hunt and Rockwall counties. "Very heavy rain and wind gusts to 50 mph are likely with this storm." -

10:35a A Flood Advisory has also been issued for Rockwall County. "Training" thunderstorms will continue to produce heavy rain over the next hour. "Training storms" means thunderstorms continue to move over the same area one after another. This usually leads to flash flooding due to the heavy amounts of rain in a short amount of time. - Meteorologist Colleen Coyle, WFAA

10:33a High water reported along Woodall Rodgers around Oak Lawn Avenue from Riverfront. High water also reported around Lamar High School. -

10:30a A water rescue is underway in the 300 block of Glen Oaks Boulevard. Dallas Fire-Rescue has been called to the scene. -

10:20a Flood Advisory for Dallas County. Over 1" of rain in spots over the past hour. Urban and small stream flooding possible. - Meteorologist Colleen Coyle, WFAA

10:21a Julie Gustafson, a WFAA Facebook fan, has reported heavy flooding at I-20 and Cedar Ridge "Visibility is zero," she said. -

10:20a The rain is still going strong across Dallas County. We welcome this "unfamiliar stuff" from the sky. - Meteorologist Colleen Coyle, WFAA

9:30a Continuing to watch the storm approaching Mineral Wells. No warning on this storm, but frequent lightning, small hail, and gusty winds are possible. This storm is moving into Parker County. - Meteorologist Colleen Coyle, WFAA