At 7:51 p.m. Friday night, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Rains and Hopkins Counties. A strong thunderstorm near Emory and 16 miles southwest of Sulphur Springs was moving across the area at 55 miles per hour. Winds in excess of 40 mph and nickel sized hail along with heavy rain were possible in the storm.
Flood watch and then a flood advisory were issued for urban and low lying areas in the county until midnight Friday.
The thunderstorm created a power outage in the Arbala area and flooding was reported at the State Highway 11/FM1567 intersection near Como. Streets in the city of Sulphur Springs were also flooded. Industrial Blvd. near Mockingbird and other areas that have not flooded in the last few years gave drivers a challenge. Radar showed hail across areas of southern Hopkins County. The warning set to end at 8:45 p.m. had passed through Hopkins County as the storm line moved southeast across the area. Individual storms were moving northeast through the storm line.
The line of storms were driven by a dry-line that created wind speeds of 72-100 mph in the DFW metroplex. Tornados, high wind, hail, and heavy rain were found throughout the line. It had calmed as it reached the local area, but not before creating strong storms for Hopkins County.