Overnight storms leave 27,000 without power

Minor, widespread damage, including downed power lines, trees and fences was reported

  • Several sections of this brick wall near Ponselle Drive and South Matlock Road were damaged by strong winds from storms that hit the area early Wednesday morning. (Photo: DFW Scanner)
    Several sections of this brick wall near Ponselle Drive and South Matlock Road were damaged by strong winds from storms that hit the area early Wednesday morning. (Photo: DFW Scanner)
  • Another view of the damaged fence, (Photo: DFW Scanner)
    Another view of the damaged fence, (Photo: DFW Scanner)
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The City of Arlington has launched a Level 2 activation of its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate response efforts to damage caused by storms that came through the area during the early morning hours Wednesday.

Arlington officials have been responding to what is described as minor, widespread damage, which includes downed power lines, trees and fences. There have been no reports of any injuries.

A tornado warning was issued to Tarrant County by the National Weather Service at about 2:30 a.m., but was cancelled after 30 minutes. However, outside sirens continued to sound for another 30 minutes because of the strong straight-line winds.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oncor Electric was reporting close to 27,000 Arlington households that had lost power.

The Public Works Department was also reporting eight intersections without traffic lights caused by power outages.

Arlington Municipal Airport reported damage to an unoccupied aircraft on the ground.

The Arlington ISD closed 19 schools that were without power, including Bowie, Juan Seguin, Arlington Collegiate and Venture high schools; four junior highs and 10 elementary schools.

The football field and baseball field at Seguin sustained considerable damage, including toppled light standards and the roof of the baseball dugout.

The Tarrant County College Southeast Campus also remains closed.

Arlington Scanner (Twitter: @AFD_APDScanner) and DFW Scanner (Twitter: @DFWScanner) contribute to this report.