DALLAS –– A soaking rain drenched much of North Texas on Friday as cooler temperatures settled in.
The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory until 12:30 p.m. for the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. Oncor reported more than 15,000 outages across the region overnight. As of 11 a.m., about 3,000 in North Texas remained without power.
Arlington recorded 4.76 inches of rain, the most in the region. South of the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, the Corsicana area got about six inches of rain. The NWS has issued a flash flood warning there, as one or two more inches will likely cause some flooding.
“Out of everywhere in North Texas, Navarro County is in the worst shape in terms of flooding,” said Ashton Altieri, a News 8 meteorologist.
Dallas received about 2.09 inches of rain near downtown while areas north near LBJ Freeway and U.S. 75 got 2.57 inches. Grand Prairie saw 3.07 inches of rain and downtown Fort Worth received 1.83 inches.
The rain the area’s received is classified as a tropical rain, which means the raindrops are larger and more prevalent than what a typical thunderstorm dumps on the area, Altieri said.
The upside to getting soaking rain? The soil absorbs it rather than producing runoff, which should help the drought throughout the region.
“We’re not going to bust it, but we should put a dent in it,” Altieri said.
Over the course of the day, North Texas could see as much as two more inches of rain. The storms should be out of the area by the evening, making way for a dry, cool weekend. Yesterday, the high at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport reached 89 degrees. Ashton said the storms caused that to drop about 10 degrees –– the forecasted high is 80 for Friday and about 84 for Saturday.
As for the outages, Rockwall-Heath High School had to cancel classes because it had no power. In Arlington, the fire department used a ladder truck to rescue four women from two seperate cars along Webb Ferrell Road. One car was swept away in the high water and the passengers, a woman and her teenage daughter, were found clinging to a tree.
"The victims said that it was dark and they didn't think it was moving that fast," said Arlington EMT K.S. Seeton. "They didn't think it was that deep.
The women were headed to a nearby school for the day when they drove into the water. Nobody was hurt.
"The men and women here did a great job saving these young ladies' lives," Seeton said. "I felt that they're very blessed."
In Dallas, a car was submerged in water in the 5000 block of Lawther. Water continued to rise, causing crews to shut down the road.
News 8's Marcus Moore contributed to this report