FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A powerful Pacific storm system, which brought tornadoes to California earlier this week, slammed into the Southern Plains overnight and brought North Texas soaking rains, strong winds and possible small tornadoes.
A line of severe thunderstorms entered the western parts of North Texas around 1:00 a.m. and then intensified as it moved into the DFW area at around 3:00 a.m. A Tornado Warning was issued for parts of Tarrant County as Doppler radar indicated low-level rotation along the leading edge of the squall line.
Power flashes were observed on the CBS 11 SkyCam in downtown Fort Worth during that time. Storms continued severe with maximum winds up to 60 mph over most of the Metroplex through 6:00 a.m.
Localized spots throughout the DFW area did receive storm damage. In north Fort Worth, along White Settlement Road and toward Samuels Boulevard, there were trees uprooted and roof damage. A church south of the Stockyards lost its steeple in the high winds. Significant roof damage was observed in Corinth in Denton County from a possible quick spin-up tornado, which is a feature typical to this type of weather event. In Lewisville, severe winds up to 60 mph toppled over a tractor trailer truck in a Walmart parking lot, trapping the driver inside. He was able to escape without injury.
In the wake of the storms, cooler temperatures and breezy winds gave North Texans a chilly, wet start to their Tuesday. Sunshine is expected to return later Tuesday afternoon.