Thunderstorms hit Dallas-Fort Worth at rush hour with tornado, flash flood watches in effect

Jesus Jimenez, Staff Writer

Updated at 7:02 p.m. Tuesday: Revised to include a tornado warning for portions of Denton County.

North Texas is in for a wet week, with rain possible every day through Saturday.

The chance for rain increases across North Texas by the middle of the week, with storms that could cause flooding and have the potential to produce damaging winds and hail, according to the National Weather Service.

By the time the week is over, 2 to 4 inches of rain could fall, according to KXAS-TV (NBC5) meteorologist Grant Johnston.


Around 5:45 p.m., the weather service received reports of a rotating wall cloud in the Lakeside area, northwest of Fort Worth. Those storms moved northeast toward Denton, prompting the weather service to issue a tornado warning for Denton, Aubrey, Pilot Point and surrounding areas, in effect until 7:30 p.m. 

As of 7 p.m., no tornadoes had been confirmed in the area.

Much of North Texas is under a tornado watch — in effect until 11 p.m. Tuesday —and it includes Dallas, Denton, Collin and Tarrant Counties. 

The main threats with any severe storms that develop will be hail, wind gusts up to 70 mph and a couple of tornadoes possible, according to the weather service. 

The weather service also issued a flash flood watch for much of North Texas — including Dallas-Fort Worth — in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday. 

A severe weather outlook issued by the Storm Prediction Center put Dallas-Fort Worth at a slight risk for severe weather.

NBC5 meteorologist Rick Mitchell said the prediction center’s outlook does not mean everyone will see severe weather, only that conditions for severe weather would be favorable if storms could develop. 


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