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County residents clean up following wind storm

Updated 4:15 p.m. Friday: A tornado watch has been issued for much of North Texas, including Denton County, until 11 p.m. Friday.

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High winds associated with severe thunderstorms west of Denton County caused a slight headache for some area residents Thursday, but residents are not out of the woods just yet.

High winds brought on some damage in cities and towns in the area, as well as power outages.

Anita Hawley checks to see if any damage was done to her angel statues in her backyard at her home in the 1900 block of Whippoorwill St. in Denton. Tree damage and downed power lines were reported in several areas of Denton County late Thursday night after winds approaching 55 mph hit the area.<div><br></div>DRC
Anita Hawley checks to see if any damage was done to her angel statues in her backyard at her home in the 1900 block of Whippoorwill St. in Denton. Tree damage and downed power lines were reported in several areas of Denton County late Thursday night after winds approaching 55 mph hit the area.

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There were several downed power lines and trees reported in Justin, Krum, Aubrey and Oak Point, some causing small grass fires, according to Jody Gonzalez, Denton County emergency services director. He said the county experienced wind gusts between 50 and 55 mph that lasted for about an hour late Thursday night into early Friday morning.

The high winds were associated with thunderstorms that had developed west of the county, according to television reports late Thursday.

Gonzalez said the county will be monitoring weather conditions throughout Friday and the weekend, and he encouraged residents to keep an eye on weather radars and be on the lookout for weather alerts.

"Be mindful the weather could change quickly," Gonzalez said.

Thursday's high winds caused multiple outages throughout Denton. Crews were dispatched to restore power.

"In total, 2,213 customers experienced power outages," said Brian Daskam, manager of external affairs for Denton Municipal Electric, in an email. "For most customers, power was restored in under an hour. The longest outage lasted 3 hours and 17 minutes."

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth said heavy rain forecast for Saturday morning could bring the possibility of large hail or damaging winds, but it should be the last round of storms for the area.

"The weekend doesn't look like a washout," meteorologist Daniel Huckaby said. "Once the rain ends on Saturday, that's pretty much it."

Huckaby said there's a 20 percent chance of showers Sunday, but a weak cold front moving through the area would bring temperatures down to the lower 80s into the beginning of next week.

"It will feel more like spring than summer," he said.

CAITLYN JONES can be reached at 940-566-6862.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876.

FEATURED PHOTO: Anita Hawley checks to see if any damage was done to her house when branches from a 20-foot tall flowering chestnut tree fell late Thursday night because of high winds at her residence in the 1900 block of Whippoorwill Steet in Denton.
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