DENTON -- The first signs of the storm Thursday came in the form of giant, painful pieces of hail.

'It felt like punches,' said a shopper who hid from the storm inside the Wal-Mart off Highway 380.

Twenty minutes at a time, Denton was pounded by severe weather for hours. Torrential rains accompanied heavy, painful hail that poured right through skylights at a Wal-Mart. HD Chopper 8 captured the first blows from a storm that would keep residents and the National Weather Service on edge all night.

One car after another along West University Drive in Denton were pounded by hail. Many drivers were advised by their insurance companies to leave the vehicles untouched until a claims adjusters could survey the damage.

News 8 crews on the ground captured an ominous wall cloud rolling in front the east, forcing residents to take cover and quickly making our crew realize they were too close. The cloud - masked by rain and showing rotation - sparked a warning for a tornado that never touched ground in Denton County.

Denton police said on their official twitter account Thursday evening that its high water team is in the area helping remove debris from city streets.


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