DFW Metroplex: What A Mess

A night of intense weather on June 10th was followed by a second round of heavy rain and flash flooding on the morning of Thursday, June 11th.

At least one tornado was sighted over northern Tarrant County at Haslet and Roanoke; debris was seen in the air at the Trophy Club.

A tornado was spotted again near Plano. Winds of over 70mph raked a large area from the DFW airport to Lewisville, Arlington, and much of Collin County. This is the most widespread Metroplex wind damage event thus far in 2009.

Some 200,000 residents were without power in the wake of the storms during the night of June 11th.

Here's a highlight of the more significant damage so far reported:

>>>The roof of the Trinity Christian Academy in Addison. Several trees were also damaged near the school.

>>>Lewisville: The  Villas at Waterchase apartment complex took heavy damage. Four chimneys snapped off roofs on several buildings in the complex.

                  Possible tornado over the Metroplex June10, 2009 / KXAS-TV

A brick wall collapsed on one structure and the roof above it was  destroyed back, exposing second floor apartment homes to the elements.

 >>>Severe roof damage at two adjacent apartment complexes in Euless.  A Red Cross spokesperson said the Bear Creek and Saddle Creek complexes now have 14 units between them which are unlivable.

>>>Highway havoc: Two 18-wheelers blown over:  one along northbound I-35E at Beltline in Carrollton and the other in Grapevine along Highway 121.

>>>Incredible Electrical Energy:  Lightning detection systems logged 1,800 lightning strikes across the DFW Metroplex in one hour between 6:20 p.m. and 7:20 p.m.!

 >>>At the Ballpark in
Arlington, the extreme rain made the centerfield fence impossible to see visible from the press box: the Texas Rangers' game with the Toronto Blue Jays was canceled.

The National Weather Service will be sending survey teams t investigate the multiple tornado reports.

Damage is sure to be in the tens of millions of dollars, if not more.


Take Care,

Steve LaNore



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  • by Doug Drace Location: Ardmore, Oklahoma on Jun 14, 2009 at 11:37 AM
    Thanks for the nice comments Leith...we definately appreciate it! Glad there are a lot of good people like you who appreciate what we do....take care! KXII Storm Tracker Doug Drace
  • by J Location: Ardmore on Jun 13, 2009 at 06:39 PM
    I was in the "middle" of this, happened to be at a hotel at the time and they had us take cover on ground level. Before that, I looked out my window on the 8th floor and some of those trees were bent nearly sideways in the wind, pretty heavy pool furniture just flipping around all over the place. I will say I was amazed at the structural integrity of that hotel. If I were not at the window, I honestly would not have even known the wind was blowing at all..and it had to have been blowing in the 70-90 range.
  • by leith on Jun 12, 2009 at 07:18 PM
    I agree Doug that really looks like a forming twister. Good thing it was a fairly weak one. If not it would have been way way worse. Thx for all the work u do Doug i hope one of these days I can do what you do. Nice work Steve keep it up we are great full to have you both in our texoma storm team.
  • by Doug Drace Location: Ardmore,Oklahoma on Jun 11, 2009 at 08:13 PM
    Yeah Steve, after our conversation on the phone this afternoon and taking a look at the photo above, I dont have a whole lot of doubt that was a tornado instead of a gustnado. As many of these monsters as I have chased over the years, its pretty clear there is at least a weak mesocyclone structure/wallcloud with a broad cone shape in the center of it, as well as the obvious debris cloud on the ground. It will be interesting to see some of the actual damage pics and the final damage total in dollars...definately gonna be close to the figures you mentioned above, considering the highly populated area this struck. Very fortunate it did not become more intense than it was and become a killer tornado considering the population density in the metroplex. Nice blog my friend! Talk Soon! KXII Storm Tracker and Your Friend Doug....
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