Flights canceled, tens of thousands without power as high winds howl in North Texas – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
NORTH OF TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Winds gusting to 60 miles per hour cut power to more than 100,000 people, caused hundreds of flight cancellations at DFW Airport and scolded light rail service in two counties on Thursday.
In downtown Dallas, high winds threw debris from a skyscraper onto the street below.
Please avoid 1400 Elm while we clear up debris falling from a nearby building due to high winds. pic.twitter.com/f8MGqvSn8n
– Israel Herrera (@dpdchiefizzy) 28 October 2021
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Jason Evans of Dallas Fire-Rescue said a pool deck on the ninth floor of the National High Rise Residences threatened to collapse.
Dallas Police closed the street while the building’s facilities crew worked to secure the bridge.
As of 4 p.m. today, Oncor reported more than 115,000 customers without power.
Oncor’s crews are working to safely restore power from the destructive winds, which continue to blow over Dallas-Fort Worth and all of the eastern part of our service area. At 4 p.m., more than 115,000 customers were without electricity. https://t.co/WSNK8GcxfW
– Oncor (@oncor) 28 October 2021
“Oncor’s crews are working to safely restore power from the destructive winds, which continue to blow over Dallas-Fort Worth and all of eastern part of our service area,” the utility said.
The National Weather Service said wind gusts reached 60 miles per hour at DFW Airport by late afternoon.
High winds forced the FAA to set up a ground stop for flights arriving at DFW. The order meant that flights awaiting take-off for DFW from other cities had to stay put.
DFW airport officials said the delays were also due to the runway configuration the planes were to use.
HEAD UP: high winds cause the airport to operate in a northwesterly flow today, so only our two diagonal runways are used for safety reasons. This could cause delays.
– DFW Airport (@DFWAirport) 28 October 2021
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American Airlines said it had to cancel 250 flights today due to high winds, and delays of nearly three hours were reported by the FAA at 6:45 p.m.
A previous power outage that impacted DART streetcar operations in downtown Dallas and Plano has been repaired and service restored, the agency said.
Carrollton Police have taken to social media to warn of a power outage affecting northwest parts of town and affecting traffic.
HEADS UP! A widespread power outage in northwest Carrollton cut power to traffic lights at several intersections, including Hebron / 121.
Please watch for officers directing traffic, or treat dark signals like a four-way stop! pic.twitter.com/Lg4VrwbNS1
– Carrollton TX Police (@CarrolltonTXPD) 28 October 2021
In Mansfield, police closed a major intersection after power lines blew up.
TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Main Street North near Legacy High School is closed in all directions at this time. Power lines fell across the road. Our fire and police services are on site waiting for Oncor to make repairs.
We will inform you of the reopening of the road. pic.twitter.com/Nx6Yn53WeH
– City of Mansfield, Texas (@CityMansfieldTX) 28 October 2021
Denton County also reported issues. Denton Municipal Electric responded to reported power outages across town, including one at the University of North Texas.
EMERGENCY REPAIR: North Texas Blvd.
Due to the strong winds, the utility pole needs to be repaired.
Be aware that southbound traffic on N TX Blvd is closed until further notice. https://t.co/xs6Bnk4iPh pic.twitter.com/hBko86KGh0
– UNT installations (@UNTFacilities) 28 October 2021
In McKinney, strong winds knocked down part of a tree on the street.
If you thought texting and driving was difficult BEFORE the high winds, they might just convince you to keep both hands on the wheel and on your phone. Also watch out for fallen branches / drops and random debris. Finally, using the excuse “But the wind made me speed up!” »Will not apply🙌 pic.twitter.com/2uHFOsFvA3
– McKinney Police (@McKinneyPolice) 28 October 2021
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