Wind gusts as high as 70 mph were reported, the Dallas Morning News said. In some places, as much as 3 inches of rain fell in a short time.
Helen Trammell, who works at the Southern Belle Restaurant in Azle, about 20 miles northwest of Fort Worth, said that the weather got scary at about 5:30 a.m.
"The wind came through and there were trash dumpsters flying down the street," she said. "The lights kept coming on and off and our customers joked that we hadn't paid the electricity bill. We kept peeking outside and saw some trees come down."
There were some power outages around Fort Worth, including one that shut down the Northwest campus of Tarrant County College, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Some roads were closed because of the weather or weather-related crashes.
The skies cleared quickly once the storms passed through, although forecasters warned that more rough weather could come early Friday.