Unlike some surrounding areas, Parker County did not sustain any significant property damage after a storm tore through the area early Wednesday morning, but many were without power in the parts of the county.
As of 11:45 a.m., Tri-County Electric Cooperative's Director of Marketing and Business Development Gloria Barron reported that 742 of their members affected by power outages.
"The storm came through the area about 3:30 a.m. and we had about 3,200 outages in Parker County. The towns that were the hardest hit were Springtown, Peaster, Agnes and Azle, and it wasn't lightning, it was the wind," Barron said. "We lost probably about six poles, so those will have to be replaced. But the good news is we have only 742 without power now, so we've gone from 3,200 to 700 already and the reason is because the way Tri-County responds to any situation like this; it's all hands on deck."
Barron said the company is working to get power restored by Wednesday evening.
"We have about 70 linemen out working as hard and as fast as they can because their dedication to the members is incredible," Barron said. "They want those members to get their power back on that day. The Tri-County linemen are so dedicated to what they do and it is National Lineman Appreciation Month next month, so thank a lineman for what they do."
As of 11:50 a.m., Oncor reported 485 of its members were affected by power outages in the county.
Parker County Public Information Officer Joel Kertok said there was no major property damage reported and no injuries from the storm.
“It sounds like there were power lines that went down in Cresson, which is in the far southeast corner of the county,” Kertok said. “Thankfully we have not heard of any significant damage to property and zero injuries from the storm.”
Kertok reminded residents to remember safety as Texas enters storm season.
“We are obviously entering severe storm season and we encourage our residents to be prepared and cognizant of what to do in the case of a tornado warning, knowledgeable about the threats from lightning and of course reminding motorists to turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roadways,” Kertok said.
The city of Willow Park did report one downed phone/cable line and the weather station at the WP public safety building reported 48 mile per hour winds.
The National Weather Service Fort Worth reported wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour in some parts of North and Central Texas, isolated tornadoes and small hail.
The NWS will be hosting a free severe weather training session, SKYWARN storm spotter class, in Parker County from 7-9 p.m. March 26 in the Mince Auditorium at the Weatherford College campus.
The class is for organized storm spotters, anyone with an interest in severe weather and/or anyone who wants to learn more about the severe weather threats in North and Central Texas and how to be prepared, according to a release from the NWS.
The NWS will hold these courses in 46 counties and will also teach participants how they can report severe weather back to the NWS and local public safety officials.
“By coming to this training session, you will gain a better understanding of Texas’ severe weather season,” NWS Fort Worth Meteorologist Tom Bradshaw said in the release. “Waiting until storms are on your doorstep is not the time to start thinking about severe weather preparedness. We hope you attend these free sessions to learn more about the severe storms that impact the region every year.”
The class is free and no pre-registration is required, and for more information visit www.weather.gov/fortworth or the NWS Fort Worth Facebook page.