Severe storms sweep across DFW

A line of strong and severe thunderstorms brought flooding rainfall and high winds across a large portion of the area earlier this morning. Multiple emergency responders were busy with fires and floods.

As the line moved across Denton County, lightning sparked a tank battery fire off FM 51 west of Sanger. There was also a barn fire in the area a short time later, possibly caused by lightning as well. There was also at least one house struck by lightning in Denton on Dogwood Drive.

Around the same time, a brief and small tornado was reported near Lipan in far southwest Parker County. A storm spotter reported the tornado formed and dissipated quickly. No reports of damage at this time.

Pea sized hail was reported across Wise, Denton, Parker, and Tarrant counties. Along with minor hail, there were also numerous reports of flooded roadways across much of the area. Several roadways were closed due to high water. The eastbound Highway 114 service road in Southlake is closed due to high water along with Highway 377 near Flower Mound. Other closures are reported.

There were also widespread reports of 50+ MPH winds in these storms. The high winds caused trees to blow over in the Lewisville area.

As the storms moved east, they also dropped pea sized hail in Addison and Plano areas, along with heavy winds. Quarter sized hail was also reported in Johnson County.

Multiple firefighters responded to several possible and working fires across the area, many of which were possible lightning strikes.