Monday, August 20, 2012

Some Fort Worth streets flooded by thunderstorms - Fort Worth Star Telegram

Thunderstorms tore through the Metroplex on Saturday evening, dumping more than 4 inches of rain within two hours in some areas and triggering flash floods.

A man fishing at White Rock Creek in east Dallas was seen being swept away by floodwaters Saturday evening, and local TV reports said Dallas Fire-Rescue personnel were unable to locate the unidentified person.A Crowley bait shop owner was struck by lightning but, remarkably, suffered no injury although his building suffered fire damage.The storm cut power to 970 homes in Tarrant County and 3,000 in Dallas County, according to Oncor spokeswoman Arielle Kaplan."Crews are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible," she said. "They will work throughout the night."High water was reported in several areas in Fort Worth, including Hulen Street at both Interstate 30 and Camp Bowie Boulevard, as well as at the intersection of Bledsoe and Currie streets.The stormy weather was expected to be followed by lower temperatures during the week.Dennis Cavanaugh, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said spotters four miles northwest of Keller reported 4.14 inches within two hours, and another spotter recorded 4.02 inches at U.S. 377 and Keller Haslet Road. Cavanaugh said that as of 8 p.m., however, the official total at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport was only 0.76 inch."The heaviest stuff ended up missing DFW Airport," he said.In Crowley, lightning surged through the shoulder and arm of Kevin Vasquez and set fire to part of his store, Rednecks Bait and Tackle at 5535 Rocky Creek Park Road near Benbrook Lake.Paramedics from the Crowley Fire Department checked him out and found only a fast pulse, he told the Star-Telegram."There were no burn marks or nothing," said Vasquez, 43. "Paramedics took my shirt off, and the only thing they found was that my heart rate went up. I just got hit by lightning and my building's on fire, whose heartbeat wouldn't be up?"Vasquez was on a couch listening to the radio at about 3:30 p.m. when the lightning hit, lighting up the room in his bait shop as by a giant '70s-style disco strobe. A cellphone was knocked out of his hand.The rain was expected to lighten up about 2 a.m., the same time the city of Fort Worth was expected to begin ground spraying for mosquitoes.Because of late-night activity in the popular Magnolia Avenue dining area, officials delayed ground spraying, which originally had been scheduled for 10 p.m. to 2 a.m."Between 2 and 4 [a.m.] there will be some breaks," said Nick Hampshire, a meteorologist with the weather service.Hampshire said the rain would continue off and on throughout this morning, clearing out completely around noon, followed by north winds and a cold front that will bring drier weather.Today's high is expected to reach 89 with more of a temperature drop to follow during the week.After the front clears out this morning, Hampshire said, no more rain is expected until a small chance Friday, which should allow spraying to proceed on schedule.Fort Worth completed its first of three nights of spraying without incident Friday night, targeting areas including portions of ZIP codes 76104 and 76110, according to a city news release.Arlington is expected to spray today, Monday and Tuesday nights, between 10:30 p.m. and 4 a.m., around Jake Langston Park, Arlington Municipal Airport and Doug Russell Park, according to a city news release.Susan McFarland,817-390-7684Twitter:@susanmcfarland1

Looking for comments?

No comments:

Post a Comment