Tornado rolls through Denton area

Tornado rolls through Denton area

May 10
17:16 2015

Update 7:18 p.m.

The flash flood warning for Denton and Cooke counties has been extended until 11:15 p.m. Updates will come as new information is available.

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Akshay Mirchandani / Sports Editor

A storm that brought heavy rains, gusty winds and a confirmed tornado rolled through the Denton area on Sunday afternoon. Denton County was under a tornado warning from 2 to 3 p.m. and remains under a tornado watch until 9 p.m.

The brunt of the storm missed the University of North Texas campus, but a tornado was confirmed near the Golden Triangle Mall area. The rest of the storm brought heavy rains and wind to the rest of the city.

The pictures below from journalism junior Matthew Brown show downed trees at houses near Lindsey street and McCormick street, and a damaged Motel 6 sign on Fort Worth Drive.

A resident in The Grove apartments took a video of high winds that rolled through the complex on Fort Worth Drive and Interstate 35.

Further destruction was captured by UNT professor Amos Magliocco on  377, including roof damage sustained by Layalina Mediterranean Restaurant and Lounge.

The Denton Police Department is urging people to stay off the streets because of flooding and any potential damages. Current reports from NBC DFW show the city receiving 1.61 inches since midnight. A flash flood warning has been issued until 7:15 p.m.

The DFW Red Cross tweeted it is opening a shelter for anyone in Denton that was affected by the storm and needs somewhere to stay for the night.

This post will be updated with any developments on damages as the day continues.

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