Severe Weather Blog: Storms to continue through the week

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by WFAA Staff

WFAA

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 25 at 11:09 PM

7:10p The radar is quiet now, but more scattered showers and storms are expected on Thursday, with flash flooding again a possibility. - Meteorologist Colleen Coyle

6:28p Strong wind and heavy rain is to blame for damaging a canopy outside a gas station in Flower Mound late Wednesday afternoon.

Workers at the Shell gas station on FM 1171 say the storm caused a canopy - which covers a row of gas pumps - to partially collapse.

"It's devastating. The damage is just devastating," said Karen Coker, the station's general manager.

Coker said she sensed there would be trouble when workers and customers saw the sky turning black and felt winds picking up.

Workers at the gas station say the downpour was too much for the canopy to stand. They say the weight of the water on the roof caused the structure to bend, crack, and rip from a post. The impact also called wires to snap, cutting electricity inside the station convenience store.

The parking lot also flooded, leaving some cars in the area partially covered with water for more than an hour.

As the storm passed, employees used orange cones to block of the area around the damaged canopy. They say they did not want to risk anyone getting hurt.

Coker said the gas station's owner called a company to inspect and repair the damage. - Demond Fernandez in Flower Mound

6:02p The Fort Worth Fire Department's swift water rescue team was called to Saginaw Boulevard north of Bailey Boswell Road, where a motorist got stuck in high water from a swollen creek. The driver was able to get to safety before firefighters arrived, but the car remained in the water, which also inundated an adjoining neighborhood. Saginaw Boulevard was closed to traffic while the water recedes. - Jim Douglas in Fort Worth

6:p Storms will wind down this evening, but they will fire up again on Thursday and Friday, and rain remains in the forecast for the weekend. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

5:56p Up to five inches of rain fell in parts of Tarrant County Wednesday. - WFAA Weather

5:04p Dancers from across the county were caught off guard Wednesday as heavy rain knocked out power to the Arlington Convention Center, the site of the Showbiz National Talent Competition.

"We had our lights and smoke going, and then all of a sudden it stopped," said Randy Kalis, vice president of Showbiz.

Mike Hunter, assistant director of the convention center, said the power went out at around 3:30 p.m. and was out for approximately one hour and 15 minutes. It was about 10 seconds after the site lost power when backup generators kicked in.

The outage occurred at the substation level, Hunter said, as the nearby Sheraton Hotel and Globe Life Park were not cut off.

"I just got off the phone with Oncor, and they said it was a problem at the substation," Hunter said.

At that point, the convention center followed its "shelter in place" emergency plan, Hunter said. Staff were spread out across the building to direct competition goers to restrooms and other common areas.

One mother from Louisiana was thankful nobody was performing when the lights went out.

"We were all happy nobody was on stage dancing when the lights went off — that way nobody got injured," Wendy Merchint said. - WFAA.com's Richard Escodebo

4:35p Storms are providing a big boost to some parched area lakes. Among the biggest beneficiaries: Lake Granbury up 76 inches; Benbrook Lake, up 21 inches; Lake Worth, up 7 inches; Eagle Mountain Lake, up 6 inches; and Lake Arlington, up 4 inches.- Meteorologist Collen Coyle

4:32p This is fairly typical weather activity during the summer months in North Texas, but we haven't seen anything like this in several years due to the ongoing drought conditions. I do expect more slow-moving thunderstorms to redevelop over the next several hours. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

4:24p Heavy rain has damaged the canopy of a Shell station on Cross Timbers Road. The pumps are now closed due to the potential danger, and the adjacent convenience store has lost power. - Demond Fernandez in Flower Mound

4:17p We're past the worst of the stormy weather as the system weakens across North Texas. But additional storms are strengthening to the west of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and you can expect the same pattern to repeat itself on Thursday and Friday. - Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus

4:10p Groundskeepers have removed the tarp from the field at Globe Life Park in Arlington, where the Rangers are scheduled to take on the Tigers tonight. - WFAA

4:07p Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport reports 40 flight cancellations because of the stormy weather.

4:05p Along East Copeland Drive in the shadow of towering rides at Six Flags Over Texas, normally placid Johnson Creek has turned into a raging rapids. The theme park and nearby Hurricane Harbor water park have both closed for the day. - Todd Unger in Arlington

4:03p There is an abundance of Gulf moisture moving across North Texas. When a thunderstorm reaches your neighborhood, it is capable of producing heavy rain over a short period of time. More storms are in the forecast across the region on Thursday and Friday. The rain is definitely putting a dent in depressed lake levels. - Meteorologist Colleen Coyle

3:52p The power is currently out at the Arlington Convention Center, where the Showbiz National Talent Competition is scheduled to be taking place. Oncor says an equipment failure is to blame and they are working on a fix. Oncor shows more than 5,000 customers without power at the moment. - WFAA.com

3:46p Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor are closed for the day. They will reopen Thursday at 10:30 a.m. - WFAA.com

3:32p The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Denton and Wise counties until 5:15 p.m. - NWS

3:09p News 8's Ashton Altieri brings us the good news about Wednesday's rains and flooding:

"Despite the flooding threat, this rain is extremely beneficial for improving the serious drought situation in North Texas.

"Some neighborhoods have seen more than seven inches of rain since the weekend and the runoff from the rain has filled many lakes and reservoirs. Lake Granbury has climbed 76 inches in the past week, Lake Whitney is up 50 inches, and Benbrook Lake has raised 21 inches.

"As recently as June 19, the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area was under severe or extreme drought and North Texas was officially almost 11 inches below normal for the year (the fifth driest year on record). The rain will go a long way to improving the drought, raising the lakes, and improving the general health of the water resources in North Texas." - Ashton Altieri

3:00p Two northbound lanes of the Dallas North Tollway at Spring Creek have been shut down due to flooding. - WFAA.com

2:56p Storms currently stretching from Azle to the northern part of Arlington are drifting to the northwest at 5 mph. There are high-water rescues in the northern parts of Arlington right now as some drivers try to drive through flooded roads and intersections.

News 8 Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus expects the flooding risk in North Texas to increase over the next few hours. While he said conditions are not in place for a tornado, downburst winds would cause some property damage. Two-to-four inches of rain within an hour or two are expected in much of the metroplex. - WFAA.com

2:49p A flash flood warning has been issued for the eastern half of Tarrant County until 4:45 p.m. - NWS

2:39p News 8 Meteorologist Ashton Altieri provides this update on the forecast this afternoon into tonight:

"Rich moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is firmly in place across North Texas. At the same time, several upper-level weather disturbances are moving across the region. As each disturbance passes, they create large clusters of slow-moving thunderstorms. And because of the very rich moisture, the thunderstorms are loaded with water.

"For all of these reasons, the forecast through this evening calls for scattered showers and thunderstorms capable of producing torrential rain. Some areas could experience several inches of rain in less than an hour. Widespread flash flooding is not expected, but flooding may impact local areas. Gusty winds and frequent lightning are also threats through this evening, but flooding is the greatest concern. Remember to never drive through a flooded roadway." - Ashton Altieri

2:36p Flooding has been reported in Arlington at Randol Mill and Collins. Police are reporting water up to the wheels on vehicles, are removing people from cars, and are discussing closing the intersection. Avoid the area, if possible. - WFAA.com

2:09p Here is the full forecast in North Texas for the afternoon and evening from the National Weather Service:

"There is a chance of thunderstorms across all of north and central Texas today and tonight. Organized severe storms are not expected, however any storms that develop during the peak heating hours of the day today will be capable of producing locally damaging winds.

"All thunderstorms today and tonight will be capable of producing heavy rainfall which could lead to localized flooding and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning strikes." - NWS

2:04p The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for eastern Ellis County and northern Navarro County until 4 p.m. Wednesday. "Locations that will continue to be affected by heavy rain include Kerens, Corsicana, Barry, and I-45 between Ellis and Corsicana," the NWS warning said. - NWS

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