Flash Floods Claim at Least One Life

3-19-06 - DALLAS (AP) - Authorities have recovered the body of a woman they believe died after today's storms swept her car off the road.

Dallas Police Senior Corporal Max Geron says the woman's body was found about 6:30 p.m. in Turtle Creek. Her identity hasn't been released.

Today's storms prompted road closures and flooding across North Texas.

More than six inches of rain have fallen since Friday -- and more than five inches fell today alone in downtown Dallas. The storms are expected to continue through sunrise tomorrow.

Two high water rescues were reported in Arlington, and officials closed several westbound lanes of I-20 after a single-vehicle wreck.

Most reports involve high water levels and not injuries.

Officials evacuated people in West Dallas because of rising floodwaters. They say several people in the area were rescued from
high water situations.

There was a close call in Sherman, after lightning struck a home on Pebblebrook Lane. It did not start a fire, but the roof sustained minor damages. Firefighters helped the homeowner patch up the damage. No one was hurt.

Flood warnings remain in effect across North Texas. Conditions should be drier and warmer tomorrow, with only a 20 percent chance
of rain and highs near 72.

In Texoma, widespread rainfall of two to four inches has fallen over the area. An additional one to three inches may fall overnight.

Flash Flood watches remain in effect across North Texas, but warnings have been issued for Cooke County, Denton County, and Western Grayson County.

No watches have been issued for Oklahoma counties.

This is the latest information from Megan Krannig and the KXII weather center:

Showers and thunderstorms continue to move across the area this afternoon with heavy rain, thunder, lightening, and a few storms have produced small hail. So far this weekend rainfall totals range from 1.5 inches to over 3 inches. Due to all this rain the streets are starting to get a little flooded. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for our North Texas counties. We will see a few breaks in the rain as we go through the afternoon and evening but it is not over yet. There is another batch on its way from the west for this evening. And another opportunity overnight tonight for showers and thunderstorms with the threat possibly some storms to become severe. The main threat looks to be large hail and damaging winds.

The system that has given much of the area soaking rains, almost flooding rains today is lifting northeastward with some embedded thunderstorms with hail. However a second round is already on its way just west of D/FW as a strong system over Arizona/Southwest New Mexico continues punching eastward toward West Texas tonight.

Models are still not sure how far north the warm front will move but leaning toward the surface low moving toward the D/FW area between midnight and 7am Monday. It looks like the best area for storm activity this evening will be the northwestern half of North Texas and then areas south of I-20 / east of I-35 during the overnight and lingering into the morning hours Monday. Until the warm front moves northward look for mainly embedded thunderstorms with hail as the main severe risk along with heavy rainfall and the possibility of damaging winds.

By midday Monday the upper system rotates up into the Texas Panhandle / Oklahoma / Southwest Kansas with a dry line vigorously punching through. Temperatures Monday will warm into the middle to upper 60’s with a few locations in the lower 70’s. The clouds will also begin to clear leaving us with partly to mostly sunny skies and strong winds. A cold front Monday night will bring much cooler and breezy conditions Tuesday under mostly sunny skies.

As far as the extended forecast goes there will be a slight chance for showers and thunderstorms Thursday. A second surge arrives to cool us off again Thursday into Friday with a warmer drier weekend on tap next weekend.