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Storm inflicts damage on Krum

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A utilities crewman works on a broken utility pole over damaged houses at the intersection of Nighthawk Drive and FM1173 on the east side of Krum after strong winds from a thunderstorm came through Monday.Al Key
A utilities crewman works on a broken utility pole over damaged houses at the intersection of Nighthawk Drive and FM1173 on the east side of Krum after strong winds from a thunderstorm came through Monday.
Al Key
Winds rushing out of the base of the thunderstorm that caused the damage in Krum can be seen just to the left of the rain shaft as the storm moved between Ponder and Krum Monday afternoon.Al Key
Winds rushing out of the base of the thunderstorm that caused the damage in Krum can be seen just to the left of the rain shaft as the storm moved between Ponder and Krum Monday afternoon.
Al Key

KRUM — A mid-afternoon thunderstorm Monday caused damage to roofs, power lines and a backyard trampoline in Krum.

Lightning struck one house on Dakota Trail, igniting a fire that caused some damage.

John Flores and his mother, Dolores, were home at the time.

“We heard a loud explosion and then we started smelling smoke,” he said.

The American Red Cross arrived Monday evening to offer help to the family.

Krum Fire Chief Ken Swindle said the winds knocked down several fences and damaged several roofs. There was also a report of a trampoline being blown out of someone’s backyard and found two blocks over, Swindle said.

He was unsure of how many homes were without power, but he estimated power would be restored before or by nightfall.

“As soon as Oncor got the calls, they were out here and working,” he said. “They were out here making sure our customers were taken care of.”

Kathryn Gloria, spokeswoman for CoServ Electric, said about 700 customers were without power in Krum after three power poles blew over along FM1173 near Blackforest Road. Most were restored quickly and crews worked into the evening to restore the rest, she said.

Shingles were also torn off roofs and fences blown over in the storm in that area.

Eva Wieand, who lives on Glen Garden Circle near Krum High School, said the storm arrived about 3:30 p.m. and lasted less than a half-hour.

But in that time, her trampoline, which she allowed neighborhood children to play on, ended up high in a tree, “like a piece of pizza on a fork,” she said.

Krum Mayor Terri Wilson said she empathizes with the residents who suffered damage to their homes.

“Our first responders handled the situation well, and we appreciate the other communities that responded with mutual aid,” she said. “I’m proud to live in a community where I know neighbors will come together to help each other through this challenging time.”

The high winds reportedly knocked out power to hundreds of customers in Denton and Collin counties, but Swindle said that there were no reported tornadoes or cloud rotations.

Melissa Huffman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, said the line of storms that came through the Dallas-Fort Worth area were bringing 50- to 60-mph winds.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms through Thursday night with highs ranging from 103 degrees today to 99 degrees Thursday.

Lows will stay in the upper 70s until Thursday night, when a front is expected to roll into the region causing a slight dip in temperatures.

— Dawn Cobb, Al Key, Britney Tabor, John Hardin and Matthew Zabel