Dallas Area Told to Expect More Severe T-Storms

Jose Castro – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Dallas, TX, United States (4E) – Severe thunderstorm warnings were raised in the Dallas county area together with the cities of Carrollton, Garland and Richardson. Recent reports have been received as to downed power lines in the area with possible damage to cars.

The area has experienced microbursts. According to Weather.com meteorologist Chrissy Warrilow, “A microburst is a narrow, but strong, column of downward-moving air. At times, winds within a microburst can exceed 60 mph and cause extensive damage when it makes contact with objects near the ground.”

A combination of high temperatures reaching the 100′s with temperatures returning to the mid-80′s in the evenings. The high pressure area over the southwest areas have moved to the west, causing a storm formation on the northern edge of the storm system that is entering the eastern Oklahoma and Arkansas. The system caused the major storms now battering the Dallas area.

As of late, a 53 mph wind gust hit the Love Field, which caused temperatures to drop from 90 degrees to 80 degrees. The heaviest rains had appeared to fall across the northern Dallas county.

An update from the National Weather Service reported that several people were rescued by Dallas Fire and Rescue after power lines cut fell on their vehicles. The many downed power lines was what surprised many of the fire officials. In a report, Dallas Fire Rescue spokesperson Lt. Ayman Ghousheh said, “Not like this – usually we’ll get wires down, but not where a whole block and you have two poles down and both transformers are down.”

The fire department reported that no one was injured or killed in the multiple incidents. Overall, about 34,000 individuals were without power in the Metroplex area during the height of the thunderstorms. The highest wind gust recorded was at 53 mph, at Dallas Love Field Airport. Other reports coming in from the National Weather Service said that there was storm damage incurred in many areas, such as Johnson County, were roof of a barn was blown away.

Many business establishments were forced to close shop during their dinner schedule because of the power outage. Many residents heard a loud boom with many unable to distinguish if the boom was the thunderclap or if it was a generator exploding. For those that had their cars smashed by the downed power lines, no threat of electrocution was present at the time.

As of 9:56 PM Saturday, the forecast for the next day would be slight showers that would lead into afternoon sunshine. There is a 50% chance of further rainshowers and thunderstorms in the morning but this would decrease to 20% by afternoon. The main problem would be brief but severe with high damaging winds and torrential downpour.

For Monday, the possibility of rain further decreases on Monday as more sunshine is expected to reach the century mark.

UPDATE: Flashflood warnings still remain in effect as of 1013 am CDT as two inches of rain fell Sunday. The runoff of the showers may cause flooding in areas and may continue due to light to moderate rainfall throughout Sunday morning.

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