A line of storms in North Texas caused flash flooding and wind damage on Monday, and lightning from the storms sparked several house fires, including one in Fort Worth that injured two firefighters.
The firefighters reportedly fell about 20 feet through the ceiling inside the house, located on Campolina Way. Firefighter Deglen Isbell landed on the air pack strapped to his back, leaving him with a back injury. The other firefighter, Gino Agnello, landed on his side and broke his arm.
Both have were taken to a nearby hospital. Isbell has been a firefighter for 19 years, and Agnello for three.
On Sugar Maple Drive in south Arlington, there was another lightning strike followed by a fire. In that case, the homeowner, Vic Michaels, said he was inside the home and heard what sounded like three loud pops.
At the height of the fire, Michaels said flames were shooting up above his home. He said firefighters told him if he had waited a few minutes longer to call 911, it would have been a total loss.
In Irving, strong winds knocked over a large scoreboard full of TV monitors at the TPC Four Seasons Golf Course, where preparations are under way for the Byron Nelson Championship. Gusty winds uprooted a huge tree at Paschal High School in Fort Worth, where flash flooding also brought high waters for drivers. There were reports of hail up to two inches in diameter in Mansfield in southern Tarrant County.
Several thousand power outages were reported. As of Monday night, more than 5,000 customers in Dallas County are dealing with outages, and in Tarrant County, more than 4,000 customers are affected.
Collin County has nearly 3,000 without power.
During the height of the storm, there were more than 60,000 homes and businesses without power.
A flood warning remains in effect for western Hill County until 12:30 a.m., and a flash flood warning is in effect for the Dallas-Fort Worth area until 5 a.m.