Violent winds, heavy rain cause damage in White Settlement

White Settlement Police Department
Photo credit White Settlement Police Department

Severe weather in White Settlement caused minor damage Thursday night. Police Chief Chris Cook says a semi-truck parked in a lot outside a Sam's Club was knocked on its side during strong winds.

Cook says two people were inside at the time; neither was hurt.

The Sam's Club on 183 just east of the Joint Reserve Base was not damaged and reopened Friday morning.

"Everything's fine. It passed through in a hurry," one man who was shopping there said. "We were lucky."

"We saw some circulation, but it was just where it was starting to swirl, and that's what ended up going downtown," a woman who was loading her groceries into her car said.

Cook says no structural damage was reported in White Settlement. Some power poles and trees were blown over and some homes may have roof damage.

In Fort Worth, police responded to several high water calls Thursday evening. The department says teams made at least five swift water rescues in different parts of the city. One was south of White Settlement near West Loop 820 and I-30. Two were near the Trinity River southwest of Downtown. One rescue was near 35W and NE 28th Street, and one was in a neighborhood in Southeast Fort Worth.

MedStar says none of those calls led to a medical response. The ambulance provider says it did respond to 13 car crashes during the rain Thursday afternoon and evening. Of those, five people were taken to hospitals.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: White Settlement Police Department