Tornadoes, flooding hit North Texas

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At least two confirmed tornadoes touched down in North Texas Thursday evening. Two of those tornadoes touched down in Wise County within an hour.

The National Weather Service classified each as EF-1 tornadoes with winds over 100 mph.

Just after 6 p.m., a tornado was confirmed in Boyd. A second tornado was confirmed in New Fairview just before 7 p.m.

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The third tornado was confirmed northeast of Krum at 7:16 p.m., according to the National Weather Service of Fort Worth.

A possible tornado was reported in southern Cooke County around 9:25 p.m. A Tornado Warning for Cooke, Grayson and Denton Counties was issued until 9:45 p.m.

Flooding and hail were also reported across North Texas. More storms are expected throughout the weekend.


8:17 a.m. -- Era ISD says it will be closed Friday due to flooding and water damage to its elementary school.

5:50 a.m. -- Oncor reports that 4,464 people are without power in Dallas-Fort Worth.

4:27 a.m. -- Swift water rescues were reported in Sanger off Creekview Road. At least two homes were evacuated, one included three adults and a dog; the other included two adults, one dog and two cats. No injuries were reported.

4:22 a.m. -- Oncor reports 10,650 people without power.

1:15 a.m. --Flooding, winds cause train to derail just south of Valley View.

12:00 a.m. -- We continue to see storm intensity levels SLOWLY dropping across north Texas. Hail sizes are down to less than quarter size now, but heavy rain and intense lightning prevails along with 40 to 50 mph wind gusts. The strongest storm in the local area is over Johnson County where wind gusts could still hit 60 mph, but even there, we can see the storm losing strength.

Isolated severe cells with 2-inch hail and 60 mph+ winds are north of Brownwood moving SE. -- Meteorologist Steve McCauley


10:00 p.m. -- Lightning sparks fire at Denton drill site.

9:00 p.m. -- The leading edge of the storm moving toward the metroplex has 50-70 mph winds and pocket-change hail. This storm would race across the area for the next couple hours.

8:40 p.m. -- A severe squall line with large hail and winds up to 70 mph was headed toward the metroplex.

8:28 p.m. -- Two possible tornadoes west of the DFW metroplex. One six miles northwest of Bridgeport and near Joplin. Storms moving ENE at 20 mph.

Thursday's severe weather was almost entirely northwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Most of Tarrant, Dallas and Collin Counties were not areas of concern.

One Twitter user captured footage of a tornado as it passed through Boyd earlier Thursday evening.

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A viewer in Sanger sent News 8 a photo of a tornado in the area, West of FM 2450

LINK: Tornado video in Sanger

7:50 p.m. -- The National Weather Service reported flash flooding in Jacksboro. A Flash Flood Warning was issued for Jack County until 11:30 p.m.

7:46 p.m. --Damaging winds up to 70 mph possible in storms over Palo Pinto, Stephens and Young Counties until 8:45 p.m., per NWS Fort Worth.

7:34 p.m. -- Tornado Warning issued for Cooke Co. until 8 p.m. The NWS of Fort Worth was tracking a tornado moving through Sanger, TX.

North Texas also saw large hail as severe weather swept across the northwestern portion of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

News 8 received viewer photos of golf ball size hail in New Fairview.

A 4.0-magnitude earthquake also shook the Johnson County area at 5:58 p.m. with an epicenter in Venus, TX.


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