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Overnight storm brings damaging winds to Dallas-Fort Worth

FORT WORTH — An overnight line of storms brought straightline winds of up to 65 miles an hour and more than an inch of rain to North Texas, the National Weather Service of Fort Worth reported Tuesday morning.

Although the NWS received “plenty” of reports of damage, most of the severe weather was out of Dallas-Fort Worth by the start of the morning commute, weather service meteorologist Eric Martello said.

More than 6,000 Oncor customers across the county were affected by power outages.

There were no confirmed reports of a tornado, according to Martello, but tornadoes were a possibility when a large line of storms stretching from the Red River to near Waco arrived in Fort Worth about 2:30 a.m. Martello said the storm was out of Dallas by about 5 a.m.

A flash flood watch was canceled for the DFW Metroplex at 6:15 a.m. Tarrant County received as much as 1.37 inches of rain, according to an NWS report at 7 a.m.

Downed power lines were reported to the Fort Worth Fire Department in north Fort Worth off Jacksboro Highway, and north of downtown on Samuels Avenue, where tree limbs and leaves scattered the sides of streets.

Star-Telegram media partner WFAA Channel 8 reported that one Hurst neighborhood received damage to trees and vehicles and that an 18-wheeler was overturned by heavy winds at a Wal-Mart in Lewisville.

There were no MedStar ambulance calls related to the storm.

Light showers were expected to continue until mid- to late-morning, with temperatures hovering around the mid-60s by afternoon, Martello said.

“This is it for this week,” Martello said of the storms. “We’ll stay in kind of a cool, dry pattern. We may have some light showers later in the week.”

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This article was written by Ryan Osborne from Fort Worth Star-Telegram and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.