It was quite a wake up call this morning for many North Texans as large hail pounded roofs and cars across the area.
A severe thunderstorm developed in the Wise County area (northwest of the immediate DFW Metroplex) around 2:45AM, prompting the National Weather Service to issue downstream warnings for residents in the path of the storm.
Radar reports indicated large hail to the size of golf balls and ping pong balls as the storm entered northwest Tarrant County.
As the storm moved southeast across Tarrant and south Dallas counties, it dumped large hail in several cities, including north Fort Worth, the Mid-Cities, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Cedar Hill, Midlothian, DeSoto, and more.
Some hail was reported to be the size of eggs.
Although this storm packed a punch, there is still a threat for strong to severe thunderstorms tonight in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. We are in an “enhanced” risk of storms, a level 3 out of 5. Northeast Texas is at a level 4. We should expect a strong to severe squall line to hit this evening around the hours of 10PM – 12AM.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a major accident with two fatalities that occurred last night in the westbound lanes of Interstate 30 at Hampton Road. The crash occurred around 10:45PM.
According to officials, a passenger vehicle occupied by three people (two females and a child) was stopped along the highway to assist a family member with mechanical issues involving another vehicle. While leaving, the passenger vehicle entered the right lane of traffic in reverse and was struck in the rear by a pickup truck.
The front end to rear end collision caused major damage to both vehicles.
DSO arrived as Dallas firefighters were attempting to extricate both females from the passenger vehicle. A 5-year-old child was also found to be injured.
All three individuals in the passenger vehicle were transported to area hospitals. The two women, now identified as a 28-year-old female and a 54-year-old female, were both pronounced deceased at the hospital. The 5-year-old child was transported in stable condition.
The driver of the pickup truck was not seriously injured.
Earlier this morning, multiple emergency responders from the Grand Prairie Police and Fire Departments responded to a gas leak in the 3000 block of E. Mayfield Road just east of SH-360.
As Grand Prairie PD arrived and began assessing the situation, the gas line ignited a major fire. This ignition occurred as firefighters were en route, according to officials.
Just after 12:00PM noon, officials ordered an evacuation zone and requested a Civil Emergency Alert be sent to forms of media to alert nearby residents. The evacuation was in effect for several hours, but has now been lifted.
The fire burned for around 8 hours.
At 7:07PM, it was reported by Grand Prairie FD that the gas-fed fire was out. ATMOS representatives were on scene throughout the incident to contain the flow of gas and suppress the fire.
One Grand Prairie PD patrol vehicle was burned during the ignition. Luckily, no officers or firefighters were injured during the incident.
At this time, the fire is out and residents are allowed back into their homes.
The Carrollton Police Department has arrested 18-year-old Lorraine Maradiaga, who was wanted for posting a series of Snapchat videos purportedly infesting shoppers at a local Walmart.
On Sunday, Carrollton PD said they were attempting to locate her after the discovery of the Snapchat videos. The series included references to receiving a positive COVID-19 test, and later showed her at a Walmart store claiming that she was “infesting every [expletive] here.”
She has been charged with a Terrorist Threat. This is a 3rd-degree felony.
Contrary to her Snapchat videos, “Maradiaga has stated that she is COVID-19 negative,” say police. “We currently have no proof that Maradiaga has tested positive.”
Her bond has been set at $20,000. She has been ordered to quarantine for 21 days upon date of release from custody as a precaution.
The Tarrant County Public Health Department is urging residents to follow the “stay at home” orders after five (5) deaths related to the Coronavirus have been reported today.
Two of the five residents lived in Fort Worth. The others lived in River Oaks, Haltom City, and Grand Prairie. Their ages ranged from 47 to 88, all of whom were hospitalized locally. Two of the patients had underlying health conditions.
These new deaths bring the total death count in Tarrant County to 18.
Officials remind residents that the Stay at Home orders are still in effect. All activities conducted outside of your residence should be for essential purposes only. If you go to the grocery store, maintain social distancing and wear a mask or shield that blocks your mouth and nose.
“Based on all the reports we are seeing, we could very well be about to see a spike in COVID-19 activity in our county,” said Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja.
“We can get through this, but only if everyone does their part and follows the guidelines without exception.”
The Euless Police Department responded to a possible domestic disturbance situation at a home in the 1500 block of Aransas Drive around dinnertime this evening.
It was reported that a barricaded person was inside the residence along with a woman. Unofficial reports indicate the woman was a possible hostage in the event.
Euless PD requested the assistance of the regional SWAT team to assist with the apprehension of the suspect.
At 7:19PM, Euless PD posted on their Facebook page for residents in the area to stay inside their homes. “You may hear a loud speaker in use.”
The incident was resolved around 9PM after the male suspect was taken into custody without incident. The woman was also safely removed from the house. No one was injured.
Euless PD is still investigating the incident. There is no further information at this time.
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The Irving Police Department responded to a shooting call at the 7-11, 510 N. Nursey Road, at 1:15AM this morning.
An employee of the convenience store called police to report a man was shooting his way into the store. Police say the store was closed at the time. The employee was hiding in the bathroom of the business.
When Irving police officers arrived on the scene, the suspect, armed with a shotgun, was exiting the business. Officers gave verbal commands to drop the weapon, but he did not comply. An Irving PD officer discharged his weapon, striking and killing the suspect.
The suspect has been identified as a 69-year-old man.
No officers, nor the store employee, were injured in the incident.
The investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Irving Police Department at 972-273-1010 (24-hours).