Irving car dealership wall collapses during severe storm

The Autos of Dallas in Irving are undergoing cleaning and repairs Thursday after a storm hit and caused some structural damage.

David Mullins, general manager of Autos of Dallas in Irving, said his team is keeping a close eye on the weather Thursday afternoon. Several of them went outside to get a closer look, Mullins said.

“We decided to go back inside, and as soon as we did, the facade collapsed and crashed into the windows,” he said. “As we ran back to get to the tornado shelter, you can see the windows wobbled with all the pressure.”

Mullins said they are currently investigating exactly what damage the hurricanes did on Thursday. He said that there was probably damage to the roof and ceiling, as well as at least one car in the showroom.

“We had a car, an SUV, that was parked right here. Unfortunately, this morning a customer came and bought it. He went home and was going to come back and pick it up,” he said. “We called and said, ‘Hey, we’ll put it inside,’ and he said, ‘No, I’m on my way.’ Just leave it. I will come for him. He didn’t make it. We will take care of him.

Thursday’s storms brought golf-ball-sized hail, strong winds, heavy rain and at least one tornado report. Storms included strong winds in Irving as well as heavy rain in Fort Worth. Parts of Tarrant County were under a tornado warning until 5 p.m.

Area near West 7th and Montgomery was flooded for part of the day. Alyssa Phelan often parks her car along West and left work to find him surrounded by flood waters.

“It was terrible,” Phelan said. I don’t even know if it will start.

She waited until the storm subsided to leave work on Thursday and decided to call a family member as soon as she saw her car.

“Just…lots of flooding,” she said. I’ve never seen it flood so much.”

As parts of North Texas clear up, people like Mullins remain grateful that things weren’t much worse.

“Just glad to be alive,” he said.

Mullins said he expects repairs to take several days. They plan to remain open but will move to other parts of the building if they are deemed unsafe for work.

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