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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