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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Some residents across North Texas are waking up Wednesday morning to storm damage. Wind gusts reached higher than 50 mph overnight at DFW International Airport, and those windy conditions downed trees and power lines all across the Metroplex. Reports of damage started being heard around midnight.

Fallen tree limbs crushed a car in the Park Lane neighborhood in northwest Dallas, and blocked roads in Colleyville.

The winds also knocked out power to thousands of DFW residents. Oncor had first reported that 4,300 people were without electricity. That number has since been reduced to just over 2,500 people. But downed power lines fell onto the tops of homes in Colleyville. Firefighters had to crawl along a number of roofs to get those lines away from residents.

Wind gusts also created a traffic mess along Beckley Avenue, just south of Interstate-30, in Dallas. The traffic lights hanging over an intersection fell to the ground, which both blocked the roadway and forced all drivers to stop at the pass. Crews arrived to clean up the debris, but gave no indication as to when repairs would be finished.

Thankfully, despite all of the falling trees, power lines and traffic signals, there have been no reports of injuries.

All of this gusty weather is being created by a storm system located hundreds of miles away from DFW. Large supercell storms formed along the Rio Grande River to our southwest. The tops of these storms — the anvils — reached into North Texas. That created a pool of cool air that then rushed to the ground as strong, damaging winds.

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