Texas Power Outages Exceed 1 Million After Severe Storms

Powerful thunderstorms struck the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Houston on Tuesday, leaving over 1 million utility customers without power. The severe weather outbreak brought baseball-sized hail, hurricane-force wind gusts, and significant damage across several communities.

The storms triggered outdoor warning sirens and emergency notifications as the National Weather Service issued numerous Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Tornado Warnings throughout North Texas. Power outages hit Dallas County especially hard, with officials warning of prolonged outages lasting several days.

In Collin County, north of Dallas, first responders reported baseball-sized hail in Lowry Crossing, with other areas experiencing pingpong-ball-sized and half-dollar-sized hail. Wind gusts reached 83 mph near Denton and 75 mph at Dallas Love Field Airport, causing widespread damage.

The extreme weather snapped trees in several communities, including Garland and Dallas. Dallas County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins instructed the district attorney’s office to prepare a disaster declaration, which he signed on Tuesday afternoon due to the severe weather and extensive power outages.

In Lewisville, officials responded to a structure collapse, and multiple crashes occurred on Interstate 35 in the area. Additionally, a dust storm caused by thunderstorm winds significantly reduced visibility outside Midland in Midkiff, Texas.

Residents should stay informed through local news and official channels as recovery efforts and power restoration continue across the affected areas.

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