NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — It was a night that had it all. While under a Tornado Watch, a powerful line of severe thunderstorms pushed right over the Metroplex between 6pm and 7:30pm. It appears from preliminary reports that straight-line winds did the lion’s share of the damage. This is a radar image taken at 6:23pm; the bright green show a line of damaging winds heading toward the radar site at Spinks Airport in south Tarrant County:
Radar estimated 80mph winds at the time, damage was reported at this time in Benbrook:
The line pushed over the Metro area west to east moving at 60mph, powerful winds on the leading edge were also estimated at 80mph near the TCU area:
CBS11 Doppler Radar tracked the strong winds as they moved across the southern sections of the two cities. Hail was reported as well as flash flooding as the storms produce lightning strikes at a rate of over 100 every five minutes.
Rain fell at a rate of near 4″ per hour, the heaviest rain fell just north of downtown Fort Worth and into Collin County. Flooding warnings were in effect during the event:
The largest hail seemed to fall to the west of the metro though reports of 1″ plus size hail came in from Johnson and Ellis counties. This is an image from 7:37pm showing tennis ball size hail just north of Waxahachie:
Damage reports continue to come into the newsroom in the wake of the powerful winds. Downed trees and power outages seem to be presenting the biggest problems the evening. Another line of powerful spring storms have pummeled the Metroplex. More severe weather is forecast for late Sunday and Monday. Tis’ the season.
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