Savage thunderstorms packing strong winds caused widespread damage across the Dallas area on Thursday, hours after a deluge of up to 4 inches of rain prompted a high-water rescue of a group of children.
Strong winds destroyed a mobile home near Joshua, about 20 miles south of Fort Worth. Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator Jamie Moore says a mother and child were injured but their injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening.
Trees and limbs downed by high winds fell on North Texas power lines. As of Thursday night, close to 19,000 were still without power in Dallas County, and about 1,000 were in Tarrant County.
One building hit hard was the New Beginnings Covenant Ministries Church in west Dallas, where the building’s façade was ripped off and part of the ceiling fell. It wasn’t the first time the congregation has been dealt a blow by severe weather.
“I just thank God there was nobody here,” said the church’s pastor, Vincent Young.
The church’s P.A. equipment, computers and carpet were destroyed by wind and rain. Storms shook the three-room building so hard, even the vents popped off.
But those who run the church vow to rebuild, just as they've done before.
“Three years ago, we got hit,” said Young. “It wasn't this bad, but it was about $58,000 worth of damage last time.”
Across the street, a shed was thrown 100 feet and twisted like a paper clip around a stoplight pole. A few hundred yards down, exposed roofs are missing their shingles and debris is strewn across yards.
The strong gusts knocked out the panes of Debra Drake's French door and pulled off part of her roof, but she was most concerned about her dog.
“I just started crying and looking for my dog in the backyard,” she said. “’G! Please don't kill G!’”
Pouring rain stalled the afternoon commute on many major highways.
In the 5900 of block of Winton Street of Dallas, near Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, a tremendous, 150-year-old tree in someone's yard was uprooted and crushed two vehicles in the street. The Associated Press contributed to this report.