Spring in North Texas: High winds cause damage in Fort Worth, Arlington and Mansfield

A spring storm system packing strong winds and heavy rains raced through North Texas early Wednesday, damaging homes, bringing down trees, power lines and knocking out power to thousands of residents, forcing school closures in Mansfield, Glen Rose and Arlington.

Schools were closed down entirely in the Mansfield and Glen Rose districts, as well as the southeast campus of Tarrant County College in Arlington. Some schools were closed in the Arlington district (see complete running list at bottom of story).

Four Fort Worth campuses are without power but in session including Tanglewood, Woodway and Morningside elementary schools and Handley and William James middle schools. School officials were still awaiting a decision as of 10:50 a.m. from the Texas Education Agency on if the STAAR test would take place Wednesday. The campuses are using natural or portable light for class, officials said.

Damage from the strong winds were reported from Rockwall to Keller as the storms arrived early in the morning, but left in a hurry. The damage was wreaking havoc with the commute in the Dallas area, but most major roads in Tarrant County were unscathed.

The early Wednesday storms knocked out power to more than 50,000 residents in Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Collin counties as of 11:13 a.m., according to the Oncor website. Tarrant County had more than 61,050 residents without power. Dallas County had 18,240, Collin County had more than 4,400 and Denton County had 247.

Mansfield school district closed all campuses Wednesday due to several power outages in the area.

Keller police reported damage at a Home Depot on U.S. 377 and downed power lines had caused officers to close down U.S. 377 at North Tarrant Parkway. The Keller school district will be open today, but officials are planning for longer travel times because several intersections were without power.

The Denton County Transportation Authority suspended A-train service between Denton and Old Town because of the storms. Trains…

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