Lightning Strikes Buildings in North Texas as Storms Produce Record Rainfall and Power Outages for Thousands

Despite heavy rain overnight and in to the morning, Trinity Park, on the footbridge over the rain-swollen Trinity River, still had exercise-faithful out and about on Saturday. (Paul Moseley, Star-Telegram)
Despite heavy rain overnight and in to the morning, Trinity Park, on the footbridge over the rain-swollen Trinity River, still had exercise-faithful out and about on Saturday.
(Paul Moseley, Star-Telegram)

Lightning struck the Bank of America building in downtown and a home in far north Fort Worth during a wave of thunderstorms Saturday that left thousands of customers without power while dumping record rainfall across the region.

The Fort Worth Fire Department responded to a structure fire call around 6:45 a.m. in the 10400 block Stoneside Trail in the Crawford Farms neighborhood.

Fire department spokesman Kyle Clay said two adults and three children were displaced due to the fire, but that firefighters were able to “save the house pretty well.”

“I talked with the homeowner, and he told me the thunderclap knocked a radio off his nightstand,” Clay said. “So he knew something was up. Firefighters were able to stop it pretty quick.”

About five hours earlier, the Bank of America building at 500 W. 7th Str., was hit by lightning, according to a photo posted on Twitter by WFAA meteorologist Pete Delkus. Neither Fort Worth fire or police received any calls on that strike.

The rain started falling after midnight has been steady.

According to the National Weather Service, at 10:40 a.m. Dallas-Fort Worth Airport had received 3.82 inches of rain, a new daily rainfall record for June 24, surpassing the 1.76 inches that fell in 1917.

DFW normally received 3.79 inches of rain in June, but has already climbed to 7.91 inches with Saturday’s rainfall.

A flash flood watch remains in effect but no major flooding has been reported, authorities said.

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SOURCE: MATTHEW MARTINEZ
Fort Worth Star-Telegram