Looking northwest from BearStar Ranch in Bolivar, a reader took this photograph of a lightning strike ahead of thunderstorms that rolled through Denton County late Wednesday afternoon.

Winds of more than 60 mph accompanied a severe thunderstorm that came ripping through Denton County late Wednesday afternoon into early evening, causing damage across the area.

James Godwin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said a wind gust of 66 mph was recorded at Denton Enterprise Airport at 5:18 p.m. and a gust of 77 mph was recorded in Corinth.

“We’ve had various reports of trees blown over and light wind damage like that,” Godwin said.

A large blackjack oak tree at a residence in the 900 block of Edgewood Street snapped off at its base and crashed onto a GMC Yukon, causing major damage to the vehicle. The residence is located in the neighborhood known as Idiot’s Hill, which took the brunt of the damage from a tornado that came through Denton on April 30.


Susie Calvert looks over what is left of her blackjack oak tree that was snapped off at the base following Wednesday’s storm and fell onto her neighbor’s GMC Yukon in the 900 block of Edgewood Street in Denton.

Jody Gonzalez, Denton County Emergency Services coordinator, said downed power lines and six structure fires caused by lightning were also reported in the county.

As of 7:10 p.m., a county storm report listed two active structure fires in Flower Mound, one active fire in Aubrey and a grass fire in Krum.

Gonzalez said he hadn’t heard any reports of injuries or flooding related to the storm as of Wednesday evening.

CoServ reported dozens of outages throughout the county, with the largest ones outside the cities of Sanger, Argyle and Justin where hundreds of customers were affected.

Downed power lines and outages also affected Denton homes and businesses, primarily on the north and northeast side of the city. The largest outage was reported near North Lakes Park, where hundreds of customers were affected, according to the city’s outage map.

The Denton County Transportation Authority announced at 6:41 and 7:14 p.m. that all A-trains were delayed by 15 minutes because of the storm.

While measurements from Denton Enterprise Airport found just over a quarter-inch of rain, Godwin said radar estimates for areas around Ponder and Aubrey showed closer to a full inch for the same time period.

He said the storms began to form between 3 and 4 p.m. near or just north of the Red River before heading south along Interstate 35. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued at approximately 5 p.m.

Staff writer Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe contributed to this report.

MARSHALL REID can be reached at 940-566-6862 and via Twitter at @MarshallKReid.

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