FORT WORTH, Texas — Storms produced fierce winds and heavy rain and caused thousands of power outages across the Metroplex Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service issued warnings for severe thunderstorms and flash floods about noon, but the severe storm warning expired at 1 p.m.
A check with Oncor Electric Delivery at 5:30 p.m. showed 18,698 power outages, most of them in Tarrant County. Phones at the weather service office in Fort Worth were "ringing off the hook” Friday afternoon with reports of storm damage, said Dan Shoemaker, meteorologist. Shoemaker reported that roads had to be barricaded in the Wise County community of Chico and in Mineral Wells. Shingles were blown from a roof in Saginaw, he said. Alan Hooks, mayor of Blue Mound, said he witnessed "hail the size of my thumb” and trees were blowing sideways. DFW Airport, meanwhile, clocked 50-mph winds at 12:56 p.m., Shoemaker said. Meacham reported 52 mph winds and the Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth had 47 mph winds, he said. The weather service posted a flash flood watch through Saturday morning because thunderstorms and possible runoff remained in the forecast. Weather service radar at 4 p.m.