Storms Cause Flooding, Outages in Northern Texas

Thunderstorms (search) battered northern Texas with heavy rain and wind up to 70 mph during the night, flooding streets and homes and knocking out power in areas where some people were still in the dark because of last week's violent weather.

An estimated 6 inches of rain fell through early Monday in parts of Fort Worth, Denton and communities along Interstate 35, which was blocked by high water in places. Three to 5 inches of rain fell in an area from Jacksboro toward Decatur.

People had to be rescued from stalled cars and from homes flooded by water 3 to 6 feet deep in Fort Worth and Tarrant County late Sunday, authorities said.

Wind gusted to as high as 70 mph at Saginaw late Sunday, the National Weather Service (search) said.

The storms knocked out electrical service for large areas of the Fort Worth suburbs of White Settlement and Benbrook, authorities reported.

Last week, about 500,000 customers were blacked out by severe storms Tuesday and Wednesday in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Fewer than 500 of those homes and businesses were still without power Monday in Tarrant County, Grand Prairie and DeSoto, said Scott Withers, spokesman for TXU Electric Delivery (search).

Just over 5 inches of rain fell in adjacent areas of southern Oklahoma, but there were no immediate reports of flooding or damage, state and local officials said.