Get ready for more storms after wind wreaks havoc, rain snarls traffic

KXAS-TV (Channel 5)

Updated at 11:15 a.m. with more details, including storm damage in DeSoto

Two people were rescued and hospitalized after strong storms destroyed several homes in Johnson County between Godley and Joshua, KXAS-TV (Channel 5) reported.

And there are more storms to come, along with a blustery arctic cold front that could drop temperatures into the 30s by Tuesday night.

The damage in Johnson County was part of a pre-dawn whirlwind of thunderstorms that left several traffic accidents in their wake early Tuesday.

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In DeSoto, a storm cell passed through around 4:45 a.m., bringing wind speeds as high as 100 mph and damaging the roofs of about 30 homes near South Westmoreland Road and Eagle Drive, city officials said.

Fences and trees also fell in the area, but all debris in the streets was cleared by 7 a.m. A church and a car wash on Belt Line Road were also damaged. No injuries were reported in DeSoto.

Car crashes impacted travel in several areas of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including Loop 820 at Chapin Road in Fort Worth; along Loop 820 at U.S. Highway 287 in Fort Worth; Interstate 635 South at Garland Road in Garland; and on I-35E North near Wintergreen Road in Lancaster, according to KTVT-TV (Channel 11).

In Fort Worth, lightning may have caused an apartment fire around 4 a.m. at Renee Circle and I-30, CBS11 reported.

The fire was quickly contained and damage was minimal.

In Johnson County, 50- to 60-mph winds arrived with the storms around 3:45 a.m., NBC5 reported. At least five homes were damaged.

The rest of the week was expected to be a rainy affair, with a bit of a drying out period by the weekend.

A squall line is expected to usher in an arctic cold front that should arrive late this morning and drop temperatures by 30 degrees by Tuesday night. An evening round of storms could turn severe, with hail, damaging winds and even an isolated tornado possible.

A flood watch is in effect for much of North Texas through late Wednesday, with rainfall totals as high as 6 inches expected in some spots.

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