Several thousand people without electricity after the storms throw heavy rains in North Texas

Updated at 15:20 with a new Oncor power outage total.

A storm system that packs heavy rains and strong winds has brought flood hazards and left several thousand homes without electricity in their drive east through North Texas.

Keisha Burns, KXAS-TV’s (NBC5) weather anchor, said via Twitter shortly after 1 p.m. that with Dallas and Collin counties southwest under a flood warning, residents of the area should be prepared for minor flooding. It had fallen to 2 inches of rain by that time, he said.

The risk of a tornado is low, said Monique Sellers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Oncor’s power outage map showed just over 7,600 customers without electricity around 4:30 p.m., compared to 11,000 at 3:20 p.m., and 13,000 at 1:30 p.m. Areas of eastern Dallas.

The NBC5 chief meteorologist tweeted around 1 p.m. that most of the storms scheduled for this weekend will pass Saturday. Sunday’s storms should be isolated and few, he said.

Vendors said the chances of rain will remain over the next week, with showers cooling temperatures to at least mid-week.

“It won’t feel at all like that stifling Texas summer we’re used to, at least for a week,” Sellers said. “Now I can’t say the heat won’t come back later, because it will.”