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Lewisville wakes to Tornado Warning

Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/11/17 5:00:00 (7368 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Steve Southwell

Tuesday morning was a rude awakening for many Lewisville residents when strong storms moved through the area as a squall line. Strong winds tipped over a tractor-trailer in the parking lot of Walmart, waking the driver. Police said that driver was not injured, but Lewisville Fire Department did assist him in exiting the rig. Paramedics evaluated him for injuries. Down the street on FM 3040, a steeple and cupola were blown off a clock tower monument at Chapel Hill Apartments.

Lewisville emergency management coordinator Josh Roberts said there were also instances of downed trees and a few downed power lines, damage to some roofs in Creekside Mobile Home Park, and damage to some overhead doors. Most of the damage was in the southwest portion of the city.

At 3:46 a.m. that morning the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning due to radar-indicated rotation. Skywarn spotters were out around the county prior to the warning, but as far as we heard, no spotter was able to get eyes on any rotation in Lewisville. Roberts gave the order to turn on the outdoor warning sirens. Many residents reported that their cell phones turned on to warn them.

The National Weather Service did visit Lewisville the next day to perform a field survey to determine what happened. Roberts says their preliminary findings are that the damage was caused by straight-line winds with gusts of 60-70 mph.

Unfortunately, the city’s Citizen Alert reverse-911 system malfunctioned with regards to sending warnings to residents who had signed up for the service. The system is supposed to automatically send National Weather Service warnings via robo-dialed phone calls, and tornado warnings are a mandatory send that users cannot turn off. Even though the warning expired, and the storm had passed by 4:15 a.m., residents began receiving tornado warning calls after 5:15 a.m. Residents and Roberts were not happy about that glitch. “Obviously this is horrible timing, and please know that I consider the occurrence of this issue as unacceptable,” said Roberts. “The vendor has said that they've implemented a ‘fix’ but I've asked for specifics and have some scheduled discussions with them in the near future,” he added.

Roberts did say that the issue pointed out the necessity for residents to have multiple means of receiving warnings in the event of severe weather. The outdoor warning sirens are not intended to be loud enough to be heard inside every home. Setting up an All-Hazards Weather Radio in a place where it can be heard is a good way to get alerts. Many local media outlets also have apps that can deliver weather alerts.

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Updated: Rain on the way for North Texas

Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/10/21 7:30:00 (882 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowMeteorologists are expecting a much-needed heavy rain event for North Texas to roll in Thursday and last through the weekend. The National Weather service issued a flash flood watch effective from 1 a.m. Friday morning until 1 a.m. Sunday morning for 38 counties in North Texas, including Denton, Dallas, Tarrant, Cooke, Wise, and Collin counties. Forecasters expect most of North Texas will get three to six inches of rain, with some locally heavy downpours of as much as 10 inches.

For Thursday, the forecast calls for possible showers and thunderstorms this morning, which chances increasing in the afternoon to 70%. As of 6:30 a.m., radar showed the storms west of our area along a line from Childress to Big Spring, which should allow for a dry morning commute. Skies will be mostly cloudy today, and highs will be in the upper 70s with winds from the southeast at 15-20 mph. There is an 80% chance of rain tonight, with possible heavy rainfall. Lows tonight will be in the upper 60s. Southeast winds will be at 15-20 mph dropping to 10-15 mph after midnight. Friday, rain chances increase to 90%. Saturday, the rain chance is 80%.

As of last Thursday, Denton County was in severe drought. An exceptionally dry summer followed a very wet May that brought flooding and a new record level for Lewisville Lake. About 47% of the State of Texas is currently in drought stages 1-4. Since January 1, the DFW area has received 39.1 inches of rain- nearly 10 inches above normal for the year, but the last several months have been dry. Lewisville Lake sits at 521.15 feet, or about 10 inches below full conservation pool.

National Weather Service update from Thursday morning:
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Here is the latest information on the heavy rainfall expected to move into North Texas starting later today. It appears that we will have at least two rounds of heavy tonight...and another late Friday night into Saturday. At this time it appears that most of North Texas will pick up 3 to 6 inches of rain. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for most of the area. Keep in mind that there are likely to be small bands or pockets of very heavy much as 10 inches of rain in some areas. These will be very localized and extremely difficult to pin down an exact location. Stay tuned for the latest forecast information throughout the day.

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Ozone Action Day in North Texas

Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/8/10 9:20:00 (732 reads)

Open in new windowMonday, the combination of low winds and high temperature will possibly create ozone levels in the air that are unhealthy for sensitive groups. It is an ozone action day. Active children and adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. You can help out by doing your best to reduce pollution today. You can find some tips here.

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Tropical Storm Bill Update

Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/6/16 23:24:45 (703 reads)

We remain under a flash flood watch.

Here is the National Weather Service Update:

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After stalling along the coast today for a few hours, Tropical Storm Bill is making steady northward progress this evening. The bands of intense tropical rainfall of 2 to 4 inches per hour will begin to spread into the region from the south later tonight and into Wednesday. The central Texas area will start seeing this heavy rainfall after midnight and it may last through Wednesday morning. The north Texas area, including the DFW Metroplex will see this heavy rainfall spread into the area during the morning hours, and it may last into Wednesday evening.

Here is the forecast path:
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The remains of T.S. Bill will continue to lift northward into portions of north/central TX on Wednesday. With the widespread moisture, heavy rain additional river flooding and flash flooding is expected...especially along and east of the I-35 corridor. In addition--there will be a threat for a few very brief tornadoes. While brief...these tornadoes will still be capable of very fine corridors of damage. Make sure that you have multiple ways to receive warning information.

Information is from the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Prediction Center.

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Drier Weather Ahead

Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/30 19:18:19 (302 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowHere's an update from the National Weather Service:

One more soggy day today, but a major weather pattern change is in the forecast. A cold front will move through tonight and bring much drier air into the region behind it which will result in an end to the relentless rains. An upper level high will build into the region Monday and keep the chance of rain low through the next week.

The region along and west of I-35/I-35E is starting the process of drying out. Scattered showers and thunderstorms southeast of a Sulphur Springs to Rockwall line will continue to move southeast through this evening...exiting the region before midnight.

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More Storms in the Forecast for Tonight

Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/29 19:03:56 (323 reads)

Open in new windowTexas Storm Chasers puts the risk of thunderstorms tonight around 1 a.m. to 2 a.m., with 1-2 inches of rain, and possible large hail and damaging wind.

National Weather Service Update: "Widespread rainfall is expected again overnight tonight across North and Central Texas. There will be two different sources for these showers and storms. The first will be from a complex of storms that will move into the western portions of North and Central Texas tonight and come through the area fairly quickly. Some of these storms may be strong, but severe weather is not expected. The second area of concern will be for areas along and north of the I-20 corridor where storms are expected to repeatedly develop and "train" over the same general area for several hours. Heavy rain and flooding is again expected tonight for this area."

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Possible Severe Weather for Monday Afternoon

Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/25 10:40:00 (433 reads)

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A Tornado Watch has been issued for 35 counties in North Central Texas, including Denton County until 6 p.m. today. This means that conditions are favorable for the possible development of tornadoes. If you are going to be outdoors today, have plans at all times to get to shelter quickly if needed. Make sure that you have a means of staying informed of the situation with the weather. Stay tuned.

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Open in new windowToday will bring yet another round of thunderstorms and unwelcome rains to add to our flood situation in North Texas.

According to the National Weather Service, storms should enter our area after 1 p.m. Large hail, damaging winds, and even tornadoes are possible. There is already a tornado warning at this hour for an area just west of Abilene, where a line of storms is building up and heading our way.

Denton County is at high risk for floods due to saturated soil, swollen creeks and rivers, and full lakes. We are under a flash flood watch. In recent days, there have been numerous reports of cars getting washed away after attempting to drive through water. There was even a rescue in Lewisville on Saturday night.

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Tornado Watch Saturday Night

Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/23 17:50:00 (709 reads)

Open in new windowA tornado watch has been issued for nine North Texas counties including Denton, Collin, Wise and Cooke counties. The watch is in effect until 2 a.m. 4 a.m. Sunday morning.

There is also a flash flood warning.

A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for the possible development of tornadoes. Severe thunderstorms are moving up from the South, and may reach our area tonight.

If you are going to be outdoors tonight, have plans to get to shelter immediately if needed, and make sure you have a way to monitor the weather in case warnings are issued.

Stay tuned...

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Lewisville Wakes to Storm Sirens, Tornado Warning

Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/10 7:20:00 (32233 reads)

Update - 5/11:
This story has been recapped here.

Update - 8:17 p.m.:
We've had some technical difficulties attaching images to the map we posted. For photos, please see our Facebook Album.

Previous update:
Here's a Google Map we made of this morning's damage:

You can click the markers for more detail. I'll be adding photos to these markers as I can.

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There is a tornado warning for northeastern Denton County right now.

We spent the last couple hours walking around Old Town and taking a look at the damage. We'll have a writeup and more photos in just a bit. It's going to take some time.

Lewisville Lake continues to rise, and is now at 525.87 feet. It has risen over a foot today.

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The National Weather Service just issued another severe thunderstorm warning for the northwestern part of Denton County, which does not include Lewisville. I pass it along, because this is nearby, and over our watershed.

Update - 11:53 a.m.:
Mill Street Diner is damaged, and the power is out there. Blurry photos posted on Facebook showed a hole in the building that would appear to be from an impact. We'll try to get a better photo in a bit. In the mean time, these folks are going to lose their food if we can't find them a gas-powered generator. If you own one, and would be willing to lend it, please contact me:, and I'll put you in touch.

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Here is the National Weather Service radar-based rainfall estimate from Friday afternoon until almost 11 a.m. today. As you can see, rainfall amounts in Denton County range from 1 - 5 inches. Lewisville is in the 1 - 3 inch range. The National Weather Service has issued numerous flood warnings, which seem to come with increasing frequency. We should just say that if you are driving near creeks and streams, use caution, and please do not try to cross running water. If you live in a low-lying area, be prepared to move if waters rise. Stay tuned...

Update - 11:25 a.m.:
Open in new windowAs of 10:20, Lewisville Lake had climbed up to 525.5 feet, which is 3.5 feet into its 10 foot flood pool. This level is HIGHER than before they started releasing massing amounts of water last weekend. At the moment, the Corps of Engineers reports that Lewisville dam is releasing 3,803 cubic feet per second. The Elm Fork Trinity River near SH 121 is running about 3,970 CFS.

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The storms continue. Most Counties in North Texas are part of a tornado watch that is set to last until 9 p.m. tonight.

Krause's Auto Shop appears to have partially collapsed, and Metric Motors Automotive, is missing its roof, and has also apparently partially collapsed.

Here are photos by Russ Sims:
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Open in new windowUpdate - 10:15 a.m.:
The Lewisville Office of Emergency Management tweeted two photos of an auto repair shop damaged in Old Town.
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(Photos via Lewisville Office of Emergency Management)

Update - 10:05 a.m.:
TNMP says there are about 320 customers in Lewisville without power that they know of.

Update - 10:00 a.m.:
TNMP followed up to say that some restoration crews are currently working on fixing the outage. "Please keep in mind that lineman safety will come first and, if conditions dictate, we’ll delay restoration efforts to keep them safe," he said. "However, once it’s safe, they’ll be on it." He also noted that since lightning and wind were still around, there is a possibility for more outages.

Update - 9:50 a.m.:
We just spoke with a representative from Texas New Mexico Power, who said they are now currently aware of 16 outages in Lewisville, the largest of which affects 88 customers. He said that many of the outages affect only one or two homes. At the moment, there is no restoration time estimated, because crews are waiting for the lightning to stop. Once it becomes safe to work on restoration, crews will begin restoring power, prioritizing the outages that affect the largest number of customers. Again, do not assume that TNMP knows about your specific outage. Call TNMP at 1-888-866-7456 to report your outage.

Update - 9:30 a.m.:
Lt. Butterworth with the Lewisville Police Department confirmed that PD still has not had any reports of injuries. He said that most of the structural damage reported so far was east of Mill street. He said there were some downed power poles and lines, and that a car lot down that way had an awning blown off. We did have a reader near Central Elementary School report that they had a power loss, but police and TNMP seem not to be aware of any power outages. If you have lost power, please do not assume that someone else has called it in. Call TNMP at 1-888-866-7456 to report your outage.

Update - 9:00 a.m.:
Lewisville first responders are busy assessing a swath of damage that seems to have stretched from the area of the Braums at Fox and I-35, down through the neighborhoods around Central Elementary, near Mill Street Cafe, the McKenzie Hembry Neighborhood, and Purnell street, down through Railroad St.

Fire Chief Tim Tittle says there are not any injuries yet reported with this storm. Tittle said at this time it is unknown whether the damage was from straight-line winds, or tornadic activity. Numerous trees could be seen down and blocking roadways. TNMP and Atmos were out assisting with electric and gas utilities.

Mill street was closed between High School, and a few blocks south of there as emergency crews worked around downed power lines. It appeared that the roofs of some buildings in the area right around Mill Street Cafe had peeled off and at least one section wrapped around a power line and pulled it down.

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A tree was in the middle of Purnell Street by the bus barn.
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This flagpole at Renaissance Village was knocked over.
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Open in new windowThis morning at 6:41 a.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning until 7:15 a.m., based on radar-indicated rotation seen near Grapevine.

At our house, I woke up to loud bangs, and what sounded like something hitting the side of our house. Seconds later, the phone rang with a tornado warning message from City of Lewisville Emergency Management. Storm sirens sounded, and we set about waking up the kids to get them ready to take shelter.

Although the tornado warning has been cancelled now, we are still under a severe thunderstorm warning until 7:45 a.m.

At this time, we have not yet heard any damage reports. We'll be checking in, and would like to hear from you if you had any damage in your part of town.

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Severe Weather Expected for Tonight

Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/5/8 13:20:00 (430 reads)

Open in new windowUpdate: 5/8/2015, 2:05 p.m.:
The National Weather Service has issued an areal flood warning for Denton and Collin Counties. Law enforcement personnel have reported that numerous roads across the county are still closed due to floodwaters from rains that occurred Thursday night.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will continue to cause flooding of small creeks and streams, as well as farm and country roads. Do not attempt to travel across a flooded road. Turn around, don't drown!

Friday, 5/8/2015, 1:15 p.m.:
Open in new windowThe National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Denton County effective until 9 p.m. This means that conditions are favorable for severe weather that could include tornadoes. If you are going to be outside this afternoon or this evening, make sure that you have a way to obtain weather information, and that you have plans for a safe place to go in case the weather turns bad. If you are going to the Keeping Tradition Alive Pipes and Drums jam at Lewisville City Hall, city staff have already announced that City Hall will be available for shelter if the need arises.

Open in new windowHere is the National Weather Service statement about severe weather tonight: "More severe weather is expected today across North Texas. Scattered showers and thunderstorms may develop as early as late this morning with more robust thunderstorm development later this afternoon and evening. The greatest threat for severe weather is from Comanche to DFW to Gainesville late this afternoon and evening. Severe thunderstorms will be capable of producing large hail...damaging winds and tornadoes. Flash flooding will also be possible through this evening across all of North Texas."

Stay safe, and stay tuned.

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