<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Weather News and Coverage]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:52:19 -0600 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:52:19 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Heavy Rain Friday and Saturday]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:52:18 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RickMitchell_Formal_2012.jpg

Our weather wil;l be breezy and mild through Thanksgiving, followed by sharply colder weather Friday and Saturday.  Rain chances will increase the rest of the week.  Spotty showers are possible Wednesday.  More widespread rain develops on Thanksgiving, but there will be some dry times as well.  The wettest days will be Friday and Saturday.  Total rainfall in north Texas will be three to five inches by Sunday morning.  Flash flooding will be possible Friday and Saturday.


  • TONIGHT:  Cloudy with patchy drizzle late.  Low: 56.  Wind: SE 10-15 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY:  Cloudy, breezy and milder with a 30 percent chance of light rain or drizzle.  Low: 56.  High: 69.  Wind: SE 15-25 mph.
  • THANKSGIVING DAY:  Cloudy, breezy, and mild with a 70 percent chance for rain and a few thunderstorms, espcially by evening.  Low: 62.  High: 73.  Wind: S 15-25 mph.
  • FRIDAY:  Cloudy, windy and turning much colder with a 100 percent certainty for rain.  Temperatures in the low/mid 50s early dipping to the low/mid 40s by late morning.  Wind: Shifting N 15-30 mph.
  • SATURDAY:  Blustery and cold with rain, heavy at times.  Low: 40.  High: 45.  Wind: NE 10-20 mph.
  • SUNDAY:  A 40 percent chance for scattered showers in the morning, otherwise mostly cloudy and chilly.  Low: 39.  High: 50.  Wind: N 10-15 mph.
  • MONDAY:  Partly cloudy.  Low 37.  High 55.  Wind:  N 10 mph.
  • TUESDAY:  Partly cloudy.  Low 37.  High 53.  Wind:  N 5-10 mph.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Abbott Declares Disaster in 15 Texas Counties]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:58:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Floods+4.png

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster Friday in 15 Central Texas counties due to flooding.

This declaration comes after preliminary damage assessments were finalized and federal declaration criteria was met, the governor's office said.

The declaration is in effect for: Bastrop, Brazoria, Caldwell, Comal, Galveston, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Liberty, Navarro, Travis, Willacy, and Wilson counties.

“The flooding that occurred this past October throughout the state forever changed many Texans’ lives,” said Abbott in a prepared statement. “Declaring a disaster in the Lone Star State may allow affected citizens across the state to gain access to the resources they need in order to start rebuilding their lives. I have no doubt that the victims of this flooding will build an even stronger future for themselves, their families and the State of Texas."

In a 22-page letter to President Barack Obama, Abbott is also requesting a major disaster declaration for individual assistance, his office said.

If the request is granted by the President, affected citizens in these counties may be eligible for Individual Assistance grants of up to $33,000 from the federal government, and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Photo Credit: Bexar County Sheriff’s Office]]>
<![CDATA[Fall Photos - November 20, 2015]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:37:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FALL_PHOTOS_FRI_1200x675_571120195874.jpg Aiden and Ritz were featured during the Fall Photos segment on Friday, November 20, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Register for NBCDFW's Closing System]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:09:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/snowflake.jpg

NBCDFW and NBC 5 offer an automated system for school and business closings and delays that can be accessed ONLINE ONLY for school and business administrators.

Due to the size of the Metroplex, only closings and delays for schools and large businesses with more than 500 employees will air on television. The status of religious facilities, day care centers, small businesses and other establishments will only be posted on NBCDFW.com.

To register, please send an email to Sharla.Alford@nbcuni.com with the name of your institution, the main contact name, phone number and email, as well as the physical address of the school, church or business.

To see a complete listing of current closing and delays, click here.

We will not sign up new clients during an inclement weather event, so please sign up before your school or business needs to use our services.

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<![CDATA[Keller Residents Clean Up from Tornado]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:43:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Keller+storm+damage.jpg

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down in Keller just before 3:30 Tuesday morning.

The tornado was about a fourth of a miles long, with wind speeds reaching between 70 and 80 mph.

In an area near Chase Oaks, trees were knocked down and some homes sustained roof damage.

Dusty Cook stayed home Tuesday to work with crews cleaning up around his home.

“Part of my roof is non-existent now. Part of the shingles are gone. We had water damage inside,” Cook said.


In nearby Idlewood Estate at Hidden Lakes, winds damaged numerous roofs and knocked down several  trees.

A trampoline from one homeowner's yard was found in a tree behind a home four houses away.

“We didn’t know about that until our neighbor found it in their back yard,” said Billy Huber, who lives next door to where the trampoline was found. “We heard a lot of clanging and didn’t know what was going on. It was too dark at that time we just went back to bed and got up this morning and this is what we found."

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<![CDATA[Wind Knocks Over Semitrailer, Driver Asleep Inside]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:05:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Semi-Turned-over-in-Lewisville.jpg

A truck driver said high wind caused his semitrailer to tip onto its side in Lewisville Tuesday morning. [[350955831,C]]

The driver, Gary Jenkins, of Waco, said he was asleep when wind blew the semitrailer over in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in the 100 block of East Round Grove Road at about 4 a.m.

"I just got thrown from the driver's side of the truck to the passenger side," he said. "I didn't know what happened."

No injuries were reported.

Crews helped upright the truck, which the driver said only sustained minor damage.

"I've heard of trucks getting blown over, but this is the first time it's happened to me," Jenkins said.

NBC 5's Ben Russell contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[50+ Swift-Water Rescues in Dallas So Far This Year]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:16:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/swr+dallas.JPG

With the water rising in North Texas creeks late Monday, the swift-water rescue team at Dallas Fire-Rescue Station 34 was preparing for a busy night ahead.

"We'll have knives and a few little tools," said firefighter Charlie Abney, going through his gear. "We're going to have special shoes that have holes in them that are designed for water rescues."

Abney said 2015 has been one of the busiest for this team. According to Dallas Fire-Rescue, this year his crew has responded to at least 50 swift-water rescue calls.

Out of the 50 rescues, the following locations have their highest incident calls:

  • 3 incidents on the 1400 block of California Crossing Road
  • 3 incidents on the 7300 block of West Kiest Boulevard
  • 3 incidents on the 2300 block of Middlefield Road
  • 2 incidents on the 1680 block of West Northwest Highway
  • 14 incidents at White Rock Lake/White Rock Trail areas

"We've had boat rescues, we've had where we've had to use ropes and rescue them, just throwing bags to people," Abney said.

Abney said a few inches of rain the area around White Rock Lake can flood in a matter of minutes.

"I've had to drive this boat in that White Rock Creek area trail when a flash flood came up. It's actually where the running trail was that had flooded up several feet," he said.

Abney said the top reasons people get stuck is they attempt to drive through water that covers a road or are playing or walking near high water and it overtakes them.

"When it flash floods, it's rising very quickly. In a matter of minutes you could be right next to it and then all of a sudden you're in it," Abney explained.

He said the best thing to do is not take a chance and avoid driving through water that covers a road.

He said you never know what's underneath the water, which way the water could take you and how fast the water can rise around you.

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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Ready to Sound Sirens if Severe Weather Hits]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:31:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fort-worth-siren.jpg

Local emergency managers are concerned about the timing of Tuesday morning's severe weather.

The concern is because most people will be sleeping and the outdoor warning sirens that could sound may not wake you up.

Wet weather obscured the downtown skyline Monday afternoon as severe weather lingered to the west. Fort Worth's Emergency Operations Center is already keeping an eye on the radar and will through the overnight hours, which are of great concern.

"The worst of it is probably going to happen after midnight, midnight to 8 a.m.," said Juan Ortiz, the city's emergency operations manager. "It may catch people while they're still asleep."

The city's outdoor warning system has two sirens that are down but is otherwise working fine despite hiccups during a test this summer.

"That's why we test on a weekly basis to make sure everything is up and running," Ortiz said.

If severe weather does hit, those sirens will be activated but you may not hear them.

"It may not wake you up in the middle of the night," Ortiz said.

The sirens are designed to get people who are outside during an event to go indoors for more information. And with most everyone inside sleeping Tuesday morning, Ortiz said its important that your cell phone receive weather alerts or that you have a NOAA weather radio on standby.

"You cannot rely on just one tool," Ortiz said.

The city urges residents to sign up for text alerts on Nixle, which was used two weeks ago when a small tornado hit an office building along Interstate 35W.

Having to issue more alerts is something Ortiz said his staff will be ready to do on Tuesday.

"Ready to send out those alerts and notifications," he said.

Emergency managers said they're in constant contact with the National Weather Service.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News
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<![CDATA[Two Meteorologists Win Taft Scholarships]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 17:11:41 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Taft+Scholarship2015.jpg

Two North Texas women studying to become broadcast meteorologists won the 2015 Harold Taft Scholarship.

Mandy Bailey, University of Oklahoma

Although she grew up in Plano, Mandy Bailey decided to pursue a degree in meteorology in the “mecca” of severe weather: Norman, Oklahoma. Bailey has been a weather anchor the last two years at her student run college newscast, “OU Nightly.”

She also interned at NBC 5 and KWTV in Oklahoma City. Bailey pursued a broadcast meteorology degree to “effectively communicate my knowledge and passion of weather to the public with the hopes of saving lives, especially during severe weather.”

Meagan Massey, Mississippi State University

The 2012 outbreak of 17 tornadoes in North Texas inspired Meagan Massey to pursue a degree in broadcast meteorology. Raised in Rockwall, Massey expects to graduate next spring from Mississippi State University with a degree in Professional Meteorology (Broadcast Emphasis).

Her career goals include being a morning weather forecaster. Massey interned at KAIT in Jonesboro, Arkansas and the Nashville Severe Weather website.


About the Scholarship

NBC 5 KXAS-TV and the Lone Star Emmy Educational Foundation proudly offer the Harold Taft Scholarship. It is presented to Texas college students pursuing meteorology or atmospheric science degrees.

The namesake is Harold Taft, who served as Chief Meteorologist at WBAP and KXAS-TV from 1949 until 1991. NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock is the scholarship chairman. Each student will receive $2,500 going to directly to their school.

Past recipients include Jorge Torres, Chief Meteorologist at KOB-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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<![CDATA[Fans at Texas Motor Speedway Brace for Storms]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 22:41:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tms2.jpg

Heavy rain pounded Texas Motor Speedway Thursday afternoon, causing fans camping out in the infield to take cover.

“It really came down hard,” said Randy Walser, a NASCAR fan from Midlothian.

The speedway was hit with heavy rain and wind, but no tornado.

“We're here now,” said John McLoughlin, who came from New Mexico to watch the AAA Texas 500. “Ain’t no going home.”

A giant, dark and ominous cloud was the first signal Texas Motor Speedway's safety plan might be needed.

“Just nervous,” said Scott Simer. “But they'll come on the loud speaker and we'll go around to the garage, or underneath the tunnels, and ride it out.”


Earlier, sirens sounded as fans were asked to clear the grandstand. But much of the operation around the track continued as normal.

Still, many fans weren’t taking any chances.

“We learned from years past,” said Walser. “When the wind comes in and the rain like this, you fasten everything down. You didn't want anything to blow away.”

The heavy rain lasted for about an hour before it passed through the area.

“We're going to ride it out,” said Simer. “We're ready for the races and we'll ride it out.”

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[NBC 5 Viewer Videos: Hail Falls on North Texas]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 22:20:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hail-vid-thumb-110515.jpg

NBC 5 viewers shared videos of hail that fell on North Texas on Thursday, November 5, 2015.

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<![CDATA[High School Stadium Damaged by Severe Storms]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 22:40:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/light+poles.jpg

High winds sent three of the four light poles at Ponder High School’s Lion Stadium crashing to the ground Thursday night, just before the start of a junior high football game.

“Everyone was inside and safe and next thing they knew, they looked outside and the light poles are bent over,” said Bruce Yeager, superintendent of the Ponder Independent School District. “Those poles were put up in 2008, so they’re relatively new and it’s a surprise to us."

Without lights, Friday night’s varsity home football game was to be played at Bowie High School.


Drivers scrambled to get off the roads when the storms blew though Denton County, many seeking shelter at the Travel Centers of America truck stop along Interstate 35.

“It was too scary to go any further, it was pretty wild,” said Crystal Vance, of Sanger.

“Sit it out. It ain’t worth risking, losing your life, that’s for sure,” said Jimmy Morehead, a truck driver from Oklahoma.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Apparent Tornado on Camera at 5-Star Ford Collision Center]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 20:12:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-11-05-19h38m15s207.jpg

An apparent tornado was caught on camera at Five Star Ford Collision Repair and Body Shop in North Fort Worth Thursday.

The surveillance video shows debris flying at the front of the building.

Five Star Ford Collision Repair Center is not far from the Mercantile Plaza building where a confirmed tornado tore part of the roof off the building.

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A representative of Five Star Ford told NBC DFW the bed of a pickup that was at the back of the collision center was picked up and carried 1/4 of a mile up the road and deposited in the middle of Loop 820.[[341329262, L,200,255]]

Five Star sent an employee out to retrieve the truck bed.

No word on the amount of damage at the collision center. A damage assessment will be made Friday morning.

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<![CDATA[Funnel Clouds Over North Texas]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 22:20:22 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/7b4b701b-db9d-4986-b51e-1486eec3eeb2.jpg

NBC 5 viewers shared videos of funnel clouds over North Texas on Thursday, November 5, 2015.

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<![CDATA[NWS Confirms Thursday Storm Was EF0 Tornado]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 17:08:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1ed3dda16cd8469d81b47f270388c304.jpg

A confirmed tornado ripped the roof off of a building in North Fort Worth Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service said Friday morning that a "high-end EF0" tornado damaged Mercantile Plaza, which is part of a business park off Interstate 35W, near the 4500 block of North Sylvania Avenue, just north of the Coors Distributing Company.[[341256912,C]]

It happened at about 4:15 p.m. as wind gusts up to 90 mph tore the roof from the building with people inside.

"At first, it was nothing," witness Julie Swift said. "Then the windows started to pop and within seconds, it was just roaring wind. Then we heard the roof come off."


The roof tore into several large pieces, flying into the air before landing in nearby a parking lot. Several vehicles were damaged.


"It had rained prior and then it had stopped raining," storm victim Gary Cox said. "Then shortly thereafter, you know, the wind picked up, there was stuff smacking against the windows. There was rotation outside, all kinds of debris everywhere."

There were no reports of injuries.


NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Video From NBC 5's Texas Thunder Truck]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 03:15:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+THunder+Truck+New+Image+Storms.jpg

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Follow @TXThunderTruck on Twitter for the latest on location.


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<![CDATA[Tornado Watch, Warnings Expired for NTX]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 20:05:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/roof-building.jpg

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All active TORNADO WARNINGS and SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS have either expired or have been canceled.

A TORNADO WATCH that was in effect for most of North Texas, including the Metroplex, expired at 8 p.m.

The counties that were included in the alert were: Bosque, Collin, Comanche, Cooke, Coryell, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Eastland, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Hunt, Jack, Johnson, Kaufman, Lamar, Lampasas, Mills, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Stephens, Tarrant, Wise and Young.

A funnel cloud was spotted in Tarrant County as the storms grew in intensity Thursday afternoon. A short time later, NBC 5 learned the roof was blown off an office building near Sylvania Avenue and Meacham Boulevard in North Fort Worth. No injuries were reported.

Primary threats included several tornadoes, scattered damaging wind guests up to 70 mph and isolated large hail up to 1.5 inches in diameter.

Storms increased in the afternoon from Central Texas northeast into parts of Oklahoma.

A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop. People in those areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and heed the latest statements and warnings.

Photo Credit: Ken Kalthoff, NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Storms Cause Flooding in Central Texas]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 17:29:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-10-30-18h26m27s150.jpg A fast-moving storm packing heavy rain and destructive winds has overwhelmed rivers and prompted evacuations in the same area southwest of Austin that saw devastating floods in May.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Woman Caught in Wimberley Floods]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 17:11:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-10-30-18h05m13s210.jpg Kathleen Haney was staying at a bed and breakfast in Wimberley and got caught in flash flooding Friday morning.]]> <![CDATA[Heavy Texas Storms Force Water Rescues]]> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 17:34:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-10-30-17h06m23s236.jpg Storms Friday in Central Texas forced evacuations and shut down a busy 10-mile stretch of interstate.]]> <![CDATA[Fort Worth Residents Blame ONCOR for Power Problems]]> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:44:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ONCOR+IVY+FW.jpg

Some downtown Fort Worth residents say ONCOR should be doing more to stop power outages during rainstorms.

During last week's storms, the power was out for almost two days along parts of Belknap and Weatherford streets. Several residents blame overgrown vines and shrubs on an ONCOR power pole for the problem.

Property owners said the transformer has blown multiple times during rain over the past few months, and they're afraid it'll happen again this weekend with more rain in the forecast.

Several business owners and apartment tenants lose power and multiple traffic signals go out. They say it's a major safety risk.

"It becomes very dangerous, especially with traffic zooming by so fast," said property owner Ed Cabello.

Cabello blames the overgrowth of vines on an ONCOR power pole. He says the outage began Friday morning and he called ONCOR three times.

"It is a nuisance because obviously that growth shouldn't be there," he said. "It affects our power, and it is affecting communications. We have customers, we have attorneys, we have a DNA clinic here, and everything shuts down when the power goes out."

Attorney Robert Gieb said the transformer has blown twice in the last three months during rain.

"When the transformer goes out, I don't have power," said Gieb. "Nobody in the block has the power. The traffic signals go out, there's traffic hazards here."

Like Cabello, he says he called ONCOR several times, but didn't get anywhere.

Fort Worth Fire Station One is located where the outages have happened, although the station is on a different grid and wasn't affected by the power outage.

Firefighters contacted ONCOR, though, on Saturday because multiple traffic lights near their station still hadn't been fixed.

"The crew contacted ONCOR Saturday and pretty quickly they came out and resolved the problem once we reached them," said Lt. Kyle Falkner, with the Fort Worth Fire Department.

Falkner says if the power goes out again this week, drivers need to be cautious when approaching traffic signals, even if they are out entirely.

"It's so important for everyone's safety that people understand the rules of the road and treat it like a stop sign," he said.

With more rain in the forecast, Gieb worries the power will go out again unless the growth is cut down.

"Sure it's a risk to the firefighters, it's a risk to anybody driving out here," he said. "It's unsafe and it seems to be an easy fix, to cut down all of those vines."

NBC 5 spoke to ONCOR about the issue. The company agrees the ivy is an issue and planned to send a crew out to cut the overgrown vegetation back on Tuesday afternoon. An ONCOR representative tells NBC 5 the power has gone out in that block eight times this year but most of those outages were caused by an issue with a secondary feeder and not the transformer on the pole.

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<![CDATA[Washout Swallows Truck, Teen in Navarro County]]> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 03:39:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sink_hole_Fairfield.jpg

A Freestone County teenager says he's lucky to have walked away uninjured after a rural road washed out from below his truck.

On Saturday morning, 16 year-old Aaron Fletcher was driving on Amerada Ranch Road just north of Fairfield when his normal route to work fell out from below him.

"It felt like a bump," said Fletcher, "I hit the brakes. [The truck] started going to the right, and next thing I know I was upside down."

Floodwaters from the 20 or so inches of rain that hit the area had washed away the land from around a culvert below the road. Fletcher said by the time he realized what had happened, his truck rolled over into the washout and landed on its top. The teen was forced to escape through a window.

"The other side was a good five foot of water, I guess," he said.

He was able to get out of the hole and walk up the road to his aunt and uncle’s home for help.

Within hours, the truck sank deeper and was buried in the mud.

Fletcher said a family friend plans to bring out a crane once the waters have subsided in the area so they can pull out the now totaled truck that the teen was hoping to sell.

Despite the frightening morning, Fletcher said he still went to work after climbing out of the hold.

Many roads in Freestone and Navarro Counties reopened Sunday morning including Interstate 45, but others like Amerada Ranch will likely need repairs from the weekend of weather.

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<![CDATA[Saturday Rain Brings Travel Delays in Dallas]]> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 18:09:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas_police_Flooding_102415.png

Torrential rains flooded some Dallas roads overnight Friday and into Saturday morning, forcing police to close several roads to keep drivers from stalling in high water.

The driver of an SUV found himself stalled near Luna Road and X Street in Dallas Saturday morning. Paul Nelson said his car slid off the road and into a ditch full of water.

"It just wouldn't move after that," Nelson said. "There was a lot of water."

It was similar scene on South Buckner Boulevard, near U.S. Route 175. Dallas officers closed one lane and were seen diverting traffic over several hours Saturday.

For Dallas, much of the rain had let up Saturday afternoon, though the risk for rain showers was forecast to increase in overnight hours.

NBC 5's Anthony Kiekow contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Train Partially Submerged After Hitting High Water]]> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 10:30:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/up-train-submerge-11.jpg

Two crew members of a Union Pacific train were rescued early Saturday after the train overturned when high water washed away the tracks in Navarro County, the office of emergency management said.

A high-water rescue team pulled the uninjured men from the water, according to the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management.

Union Pacific spokesman Jeff DeGraff said the derailment happened at about 3:30 a.m. in an area four miles north of Corsicana, about 60 miles south of Dallas. DeGraff said Chambers Creek was overflowing and washed out the tracks.

He said one locomotive and several rail cars, hauling loose gravel, went into the water and were partly submerged. DeGraff said both crewmembers on board "swam to high ground" and were rescued by emergency responders. Nobody was hurt.

DeGraff said the 64-car train was traveling south from Midlothian to Houston. He had no immediate details on how many cars went off the tracks since the flooded area was not accessible to cleanup crews.

The train is not expected to be righted and returned to the tracks until the water recedes and heavy equipment can be brought to the area. A timetable for when that may happen has not been determined.

Both directions of Interstate 45 were closed Friday night near Corsicana due to high water. The southbound lanes reopened Friday at about 10 p.m. and the northbound lanes reopened Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service said Saturday morning that 18.07 inches of rain had been recorded in Corsicana since Thursday evening.

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<![CDATA[Weather Cancels, Postpones DFW Events]]> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 06:34:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/102315+downtown+skyline.jpg

Several events were moved, canceled or postponed due to heavy rainfall Thursday through Saturday. Here is a brief list of some of those events:



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<![CDATA[High Water Slows Traffic In Northwest Dallas]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:40:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NW+DALLAS+FLOODING.jpg

The rain caused a lot of problems for drivers in northwest Dallas Friday morning.

Spots near the intersection of Royal Lane and Interstate 35E were covered with water, but cars kept driving right through the high water.

It did slow traffic to a crawl near the I-35E exit ramps. A couple cars in the area stalled, and they needed to be towed.

Steven Flores watched from a nearby gas station as the cars drove through the water.

"This traffic is hectic, and normally you don't see a lot of traffic in this area," he said. "But with the rain. it's piling up."

However, most drivers were able to navigate their cars through the high water. The area could continue to be a trouble spot through the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Life-Saving Drones in Johnson County]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:38:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Johnson+Co+Drones.jpg

In Johnson County, a specialized drone that carries a spotlight and a life-preserver is ready to fly in case of a water-rescue.

Right now, only one volunteer knows how to use it. But that could change soon.

Expert drone operator and instructor Garret Bryl is teaching about a dozen Burleson firefighters how to operate drones.

Bryl's drone cost more than $4,000, but the "training" drones that the firefighters are practicing on cost significantly less. The firefighters who want to be licensed drone operators must go through dozens of hours of practice time and classroom instruction in order to receive certification.

They practiced Friday morning in between rounds of severe weather, waiting to be called out for a high water rescue.

Bryl says drones can be an incredible tool for that purpose.

"It's a very high-tech way of doing something primitive," he said. "But we can do it with much more accuracy. Firefighters for ages have practiced throwing a rescue line or a preserver down a river or  across a creek to save someone, but it's an imperfect science. With this drone, I usually can drop a preserver within a few inches of where I want it to be."

Bryl said he used his drone throughout Johnson County four times during the May flooding to help save people trapped in high water.

He performed a live demonstration on NBC 5 by dropping a life-vest to a firefighter pretending to be trapped in a creek bed.

"This drone can deliver rescue lines, life preservers, we have spotlights on there. It's just a great tool of information for firefighters and police," Bryl said.

And with more rain in the forecast through the weekend, Bryl is ready to deploy his drone wherever it's needed.

"We're ready to go, whenever it happens, we're there," he said. "I'm ready to go."

Johnson County emergency managers said they're willing to send the drone to other counties if it is needed to save lives in this storm.

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<![CDATA[Abbott Activates State Ops Center for Severe Weather]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:05:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tex-abbott-nim-kidd.jpg

The following is a news release from the office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Gov. Greg Abbott has announced an elevated activation of the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) as severe storms are expected to impact parts of Texas this weekend. Gov. Abbott has also approved the use of state resources that have been staged for rapid deployment as needed to assist local officials during this significant weather event. Texans are also encouraged to prepare for severe weather in their area.

“Today’s elevated activation of the State Operations Center (SOC) will better equip first responders and local officials with the resources needed to combat inclement weather expected over the weekend,” said Gov. Abbott. “The State of Texas stands ready to provide support to communities as needed, and I urge all Texans to closely monitor changing weather conditions in their area and heed warnings from local and state officials.”

“Strong storms and heavy rains can quickly create dangerous flash flooding, so DPS is urging Texans to closely monitor severe weather conditions through the weekend,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Ensuring the safety of Texans is paramount to our department, and it is critical that residents also do their part by using extra caution on roadways, and avoiding flooded areas and low-water crossings.”

In preparation for these storms, the SOC – in coordination with several state agencies, including the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service/Texas Task Force 1, and Texas Military Forces – will continue to monitor weather conditions and maintain close contact with National Weather Service local forecast offices across the state. 

For safety tips related to severe weather, click here.

Current resources available to assist Texans as needed include the following:

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS): Texas Highway Patrol personnel and aircraft are activated and will provided assistance as needed, including rescue efforts.

2-1-1: Personnel will be monitoring school late openings, closures, and providing information to callers as needed.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD): Game Wardens in all regions of the state are on alert for the possibility of flash flooding/water rescue events and deployment. 

Texas Military Forces (TMF): TMF is providing aircraft, high-profile vehicles, and personnel to support flooding-assistance efforts in impacted areas.

Texas Task Force 1 (TTF1): Activated and ready with boat rescue squads for rapid deployment.

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT): TxDOT crews are prepared to respond to flooding conditions with barricades, water pumps and heavy equipment.

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<![CDATA[How to Find Out if You Live Near a Flood Plain]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 21:59:28 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/raindrops2.JPG

If you want to know how close you live to a federally-designated flood plain, there's a map for that.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's website allows people search detailed flood maps.

All you need to do is just put in your address, and you can see a map of your neighborhood.

Insurance companies use a number of factors in setting rates for flood insurance and rate the risk on a letter scale from A to X, said Dallas independent insurance agent Ken Davidson.

"Homeowners' policies do not cover you for flood, whether it's your dwelling, your property or your contents," he said. "You have to secure a separate flood insurance policy."

Davidson said more than 75 percent of Texans decide they can't afford it or don't need it.

But he warned when a flood hits, it's too late.

"You're buying insurance for claims and when that claim happens, you better make sure you have coverage," he said.

Once you buy a policy, it takes 30 days to go into effect, he said.

Click the link to find the FEMA flood maps.

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<![CDATA[Unfinished Dallas Flood Control Leaves Areas Vulnerable]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 18:21:38 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Baylor+flooding.jpg

A March 2006 flood that swamped streets around Dallas Baylor Medical Center and surrounding neighborhoods could happen again in heavy rain since a planned $300 million dollar flood diversion tunnel is not built yet.

The project would replace Mill Creek, buried in Old East Dallas development many years ago.

Dallas voters approved massive flood improvements in recent years to remove street flooding and pump water through levies into the Trinity River. Some projects are completed, some are not.

“We’re currently bidding the Mill Creek construction tunnel project,” Dallas Trinity Watershed Management Director Sarah Standifer said. “So we’re working on those incrementally and we’re moving forward and citizens have a higher level of protection, and we have a higher level of confidence we’re able to provide those services.”

A new Pavaho Pump Station was recently completed in west Dallas along with a larger Baker Pump Station that serves the Stemmons Freeway area.

“We saw this station function during the spring rain event and saw how it’s benefits came through for us as well as those in west Dallas, at the Pavaho pump station and we would anticipate those benefits from each of the projects we move forward with,” Standifer said.

A new Able Pump station is under construction on Riverfront Boulevard, with completion expected in 2017. The Baylor area Mill Creek improvement is at least two years away.

In the meantime, Standifer urged residents to report high water by calling 311.

“We would ask that citizens really pay attention to where they are and their surroundings, if you see water, to turn around, don’t drown,” she said.

Chris Guthrie with Dallas Emergency Management said rain forecasted this weekend is not expected to cause serious problems because the Trinity River is low, with plenty of capacity to carry drainage.

“Fortunately we haven’t had a lot of rain in recent months, so the ground is going to soak a lot of it up immediately,” he said. “We have a 24 hour duty officer, so we are always on watch.”

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<![CDATA[Driving in Wet Weather in North Texas]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 17:49:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dps+trooper+car+lights.jpg Rain is making roads slippery, causing dangerous driving conditions in North Texas.

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<![CDATA[Flood-Prone FW Neighborhood Watching Rain]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 16:13:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cvh-flooding.jpg

Any time the forecast calls for rain, residents in Fort Worth's Arlington Heights neighborhood pay extra close attention.

That's because flooding has often hit several areas, including Western Avenue, where too much rain too fast can fill the streets with water.

However, a long-awaited fix to that flooding problem has many residents feeling a bit better about the impending wet weather.

If you peer into the construction site hole on Western, you can see just how narrow the existing pipes are below the roadway. They're being replaced by giant box culverts, concrete boxes that will store thousands of gallons of water under ground and not on the street.

"It was pretty bad last winter," said resident Cary Peach. "It took us by surprise. We could have surfed in the middle of the street. All these houses over here (on the east side of the street) got flooded. These up here (on the west side) weren't so bad."

Peach is talking about the deluge of rain on April 13, when rain fell so quickly Western filled up with water up to near waist-deep levels. It's the latest in the long line of floods and subsequent damage.

"Several of us have had to remodel our homes a couple of times in the last few years," said Andy Jones, another resident.

Jones and many others will be watching the radar closely this weekend but hope the construction on their street will pay off.

"We think the new work that they're doing is going to take care of the problem," Peach said.

"We're just excited that the city is finally putting something into place to fix this," said Jones. "We feel good about it."

The $5.7 million project took much longer to get done than residents would have liked. It's on time and on budget to be finished next July. The giant box culverts will rest nearly 30 feet below the roadway in parts.

In addition to the improvements on Western Avenue, there's also a surface retention pond at Bryce and Hulen nearby. It will hold 554,000 gallons of water, according to the city's storm water department. The entire project will hold nearly 1.4 million gallons, which the city hopes will at least minimize if not completely eliminate the flood problem.

But with this week's storm system the first real testy of rainy weather, no one is assuming the problem is solved just yet.

"I think we'll be on alert the next few days and hopefully it doesn't slow the construction crew down too much," Jones said.

Western is one of 300 locations across the city that storm water crews have checked prior to this rainfall. There are also 51 spots in the city equipped with flood warning signs. Those, too, are checked regularly.

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<![CDATA[Flash Flood Watch Issued for Most of North Texas]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 16:25:35 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-rain-21.jpg The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for most of North Texas, in effect from late Thursday through Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Can Expect Cold, Wet Winter]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:57:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-10-15-16h31m01s80.jpg The winter weather outlook this year calls for higher than normal precipitation and lower than normal temperatures.]]> <![CDATA[Firefighters Warn of High Fire Threat in NTX]]> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:12:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fire+danger.jpg

North Texas firefighters say fire safety over the next week could not be more important.

On Monday a red flag warning was issued for several counties to the north and west of the Metroplex.

Counties like Denton were put on guard for extremely dry conditions though, and leaders told the Denton Record Chronicle that the warning area could be expanded in the coming days.

That has local departments keeping an extra close eye out for fire threats.

Argyle Fire Marshal and Chief Deputy Michael Lugo said his team is especially watching areas around Interstate 35W and other highways where a cigarette butt, blown tire or spark from a loose chain could easily produce the heat necessary to start a grass fire.

They're also reminding residents of the now two-month-old burn ban that remains in effect for most of the Metroplex, and Lugo said it couldn’t be more important to observe right now.

"They have the smallest fire thinking they can control it and manage it, it gets way out of control quickly and they don't realize it," said Lugo.

With the wind conditions high the next few days as well as the unseasonable heat, Lugo said the dry areas are in an enhanced threat.

He urges everyone to follow the burn ban, and if for any reason a fire does get started, Lugo said residents should call 911 immediately before it gets out of hand, no matter how small the fire or smoke may be.

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<![CDATA[Flood Damage Far From Gone at North Texas Lakes]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 17:39:28 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-10-07-16h35m40s126.jpg

For months volunteers have worked to fix it, but it could take years more before some areas around many North Texas lakes are repaired completely from record spring flooding.

On Wednesday Lake Grapevine Manager James Murphy continued to assess the damage in one Flower Mound park where several areas remain closed to the public.

Inside roads are crumbling in spots, camp sites and tables sit torn to pieces, and centuries old trees may or may not survive the winter after being submerged in water for weeks to months.

"Everything you see in this section was under about 20 feet of water,” said Murphy looking at a wrecked picnic area his crew hasn’t gotten to yet.

The situation is similar at other lakes like Lewisville Lake where Westlake park in Hickory Creek never opened its gates to the public this year; only to repair crews going in to slowly fix the mess inside.

Murphy said he and others from the Army Corps of Engineers will likely have to work through the off season on many areas, and still some won’t be close to 100%.

"Long term, it'll be years before things are to the way they were prior to the flood events of this spring,” said Murphy.

The Corps is still trying to get a price estimate on all the damage, but as Murphy counted up some spots at a single park Wednesday, it was clear the number will be in the millions; money which he said will slowly have to come from their general funds as they have it available.

For now, he asks visitors to the lake parks obey the closure signs and be patient as they work to get these areas back to normal.

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<![CDATA[Saturday Morning Weather Oct 3, 2015]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 06:49:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WX+10-3-15.jpg Brian James shows that temperatures could continue to get colder this week.]]>