Damage reported in North Texas after severe storms passed through Tuesday night


An Arlington fast food restaurant has heavy damage from last night's storms.

About 9 p.m. heavy winds rushed through Arlington and Grand Prairie -- and stretch of South Cooper in central Arlington saw some of the worst of it.

Arlington Fire-Rescue was called to a Burger Box restaurant on Cooper just south of Arkansas. They found the awning of the drive-through lane had collapsed onto a pick-up and also damaged an SUV. At least three people were trapped in the two vehicles. The Arlington Technical Rescue Team was brought in to get everyone out safely.

There's a huge mess to clean up at The Mirage, an Arlington apartment complex heavily damaged by last night's storms. Ferocious winds damaged the roof and partially toppled a wrought iron fence along the front of the complex facing Pioneer Parkway near Collins. Debris was scattered all around the complex, especially the parking lots. Tree limbs were snapped and the brick "Mirage" sign at the complex entrance was left at a 45-degree angle. Some people were in their second floor units when the roof on their building was partially torn off.

A glass repair company has a lot of broken glass at its own shop in Arlington where damaging winds swept down on the city last night. Heavy wind blew out the plate glass windows at Safelite auto glass on South Cooper near Arkansas.

The building has four large garage bays and all of them had the large roll-up doors ripped off the building. The shop was closed by the time the storms hit and the building was empty by then.

Waterdance, an apartment complex on Pioneer Parkway between Matlock and South Collins, took a hit from the storms. Residents were left shaken as the wild winds hammered their buildings. After the storms moved on, cell phone video and photos began circulating showing the mess -- twisted metal and plywood strewn between buildings, numerous cars damaged in the parking lots and, in one case, the brick facade had been ripped off the wall, leaving a pile of bricks where there had once been landscaping. As in most of the other damage sites in Arlington -- no major injuries were reported.

Oncor reports about 8,000 power outages from last night's storms in North Texas. That's about half the number reported just after heavy weather slammed the DFW area. Tarrant County took the brunt of the storm, reporting about 12,000 outages at one point.

As of 5 a.m. the Tarrant County figure had been reduced to 2,500.

Atmos was also notified of several gas leaks including one at a storm-damaged fast food restaurant in Arlington.