Severe thunderstorms parked over Tarrant County on Tuesday afternoon, bringing flash flooding and at least one fire sparked by lightning.
Rain fell in parts of the county as the area was under a severe thunderstorm warning and a flash flood advisory. As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oncor reported almost 6,700 in Tarrant County and about 350 in Dallas County without power.
Over the span of three hours Tuesday afternoon and early evening, Fort Worth Fire officials responded to 420 calls as rush hour got underway. More than 40 of them were high-water rescues; more than 20 were for downed power lines, and during the flooding, there were eight fire calls.
One of the fires burned at a nearly 4,000-square-foot home in west Fort Worth after lightning struck its chimney. No injuries were reported as no one was home at the time.
Drivers weren’t prepared for the high amounts of rain and the sudden flooding of intersections that were dry just an hour earlier. First responders asked drivers not to go into intersections that were flooded out.
Businesses were also hit by the rain. A Walmart Neighborhood Market near Berry and Hemphill in Ft. Worth had standing water inside the store and a flooded parking lot.
In Fort Worth, Alejandra Antunez and her sisters went outside to check out the storm and found themselves stranded on their front porch.
"It started raining really bad,” said Antunez. “It got to the top of our steps. We couldn't even get outside of our house and we saw that the buckets were flooding and everything was going away…”
Across the street, Stephen Rubalcaba stood, helpless, as his mother's house quickly filled with water.
"It was all coming in through the bottom of the floor, and the back door…the whole house was flooded within five ten minutes maybe,” said Rubalcaba. “Yeah, it came through pretty quick.”