The weather turned on a dime midday Wednesday, and while little damage was reported from severe storms in the Denton area, North Texas remains under a flash flood watch until 7 a.m. Thursday.
Meteorologists issued two tornado warnings in Denton County on Wednesday, the first at about 1:30 p.m. for Krum, Denton, Sanger and Providence Village. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth issued an alert when the radar confirmed a tornado at Interstate 35 and Ganzer Road, between Denton and Sanger.
Sanger-area resident Sam Alexander said he knew rotation had been reported not far from his home but the view on the ground wasn’t as ominous as the news reports.
“I just sat here and ate my barbecue sandwich,” Alexander said.
A tree toppled in Krum and brought down a power line, according to Denton County Emergency Services Director Jody Gonzalez. The resulting power outage affected 37 Oncor customers.
Oncor also reported a similar outage on Denton’s east side. CoServ reported small outages in far north Denton, Pilot Point and Argyle and a larger outage affecting more than 100 customers in Little Elm.
Denton Municipal Electric did not report any outages. City officials received no storm damage reports, according to spokesman Ryan Adams. Water Works Park and the Civic Center Pool had closed Wednesday in anticipation of bad weather.
A second tornado warning came at about 1:40 p.m. for the southern part of the county that included Flower Mound, Lewisville and Highland Village, which also suffered power outages. The Denton County Transportation Authority suspended both bus and A-train service with the warnings. By about 3:15 p.m., bus routes were back on schedule. The A-train ran about 15 minutes behind schedule for the remainder of the afternoon.
Wednesday’s outbreak was part of a 13-day streak of severe weather nationwide that’s headed for the record books. According to The Washington Post, 225 tornadoes have been confirmed since May 17. With another 400 tornado reports logged by the National Weather Service since then, the number of confirmed twisters is expected to grow.
Denton Enterprise Airport recorded 1.21 inches of rain Wednesday afternoon, with the first half-inch falling with the leading edge of the storm.
The weather will quiet Thursday and Friday before storms likely return this weekend. The weather service’s extended forecast calls for a 40% chance of thunderstorms from Saturday through Monday.