Flash Flooding in Dallas Leaves Cars Stranded Underwater

Cars became submerged during severe flooding on Dallas highways on Sunday, as North Texas was hit with heavy storms.

Areas of the northern part of Texas became flooded on Sunday afternoon and evening as heavy rain and strong winds combined, causing damage to properties and roads throughout Dallas.

A tornado warning, that is no longer in effect, was issued for Dallas County at around 2:10 p.m. on Sunday, but the National Weather Service (NWS) is yet to confirm whether a tornado was spotted in the area.

NWS said that around 4 inches of rain fell in the space of just a few hours on Sunday afternoon, as all of the lanes at Loop 12 off Interstate 30 were closed due to high levels of water.

Several videos were posted to social media on Sunday evening, showing the severity of the flooding in the area.

One video uploaded to TikTok by Dallas Texas TV that was captioned "Dallas is underwater," showed a car nearly completely submerged on the highway, as people attempted to push it off the road and away from the flooding.

When on higher ground away from the flooded highway, the driver was filmed opening the door of his car, causing a pool of water to flood out into the car park.

Other videos uploaded to Twitter showed a line of cars backed up on the highway, as large puddles formed at low points of the road, causing the tires of many to be submerged.

The agency is also forecasting thunderstorms continuously over the next 24 hours in Dallas, as heavy rain is expected to continue throughout the week in north Texas.

The worst of the weather is expected for Tuesday, as the NWS forecasts between 1-2 inches throughout the day, with wind speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.

Our first responders have been assessing damage from the severe weather today. We don’t know yet whether a tornado or straight-line winds were responsible for the destruction around Northaven.

— Eric Johnson (@Johnson4Dallas) May 17, 2021

Following the severe weather on Sunday, Dallas mayor Eric Johnson tweeted: "Our first responders have been assessing damage from the severe weather today. We don't know yet whether a tornado or straight-line winds were responsible for the destruction around Northaven."

The mayor confirmed that no injuries were reported in relation to the weather, and added: "I know our city has been through a lot in the last few years. And it is unbelievable that these residents in North Dallas are enduring more destruction."

Newsweek has contacted the NWS for comment on the flooding and on the possible tornado.

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Tidal flooding from Hurricane Laura covers the street in Galveston, Texas on August 27, 2020. Similar scenes occurred in Dallas on May 16, 2021 as flash flooding hit north Texas. ELLIE CHERRYHOMES/AFP via Getty Images