<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Weather News and Coverage]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/storieshttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.pngNBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worthhttp://www.nbcdfw.comen-usTue, 26 Jul 2016 09:49:00 -0500Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:49:00 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Hot, Humid, PM Storms Possible]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:05:58 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Grant-Johnston-bio.jpg

AIR QUALITY ALERT TODAY

This afternoon will offer another chance for spotty thunderstorms across North Texas.  The coverage looks to be around 30%, so it certainly won't rain everywhere.  The combination of heat and humidity will push the heat index over 100 once again today.

More rain chances are showing up later in the week before hot, sunny, and dry weather returns this weekend.

Whenever active weather moves into DFW, you can keep up with it by downloading the NBC DFW APP!

10 DAY FORECAST

  • TODAY: Partly cloudy and hot with a 30% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.  High: 98.  Heat Index: 102.  Wind: E 5 mph.
  • TONIGHT: 20% chance of evening thunderstorms before 9PM, then mostly clear.  Low: 79.  Wind: SE 5 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY:  Partly cloudy with a 30% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Low: 79.  High: 97.  Wind: SE 5 mph.
  • THURSDAY:  Partly cloudy with a 50% chance for scattered thunderstorms.  Low: 78.  High 96.  Wind: S 5 mph.
  • FRIDAY:  Partly cloudy with a 20% chance for scattered thunderstorms.  Low: 77.  High: 97.  Wind: S 10 mph.
  • SATURDAY:  Partly cloudy and hot.  Low: 79.  High: 98.  Wind: SE 10 mph.
  • SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy and hot.  Low: 80.  High: 100.  Wind: S 10 mph.
  • MONDAY:  Mostly sunny and hot.  Low: 80.  High: 100.  Wind: S 10 mph.
  • TUESDAY:  Mostly sunny and hot.  Low: 79.  High: 99.  Wind: S 10 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY:  Mostly sunny and hot.  Low: 80.  High: 100.  Wind: S 10 mph.
  • THURSDAY:  Mostly sunny and hot.  Low: 80.  High: 100.  Wind: S 10 mph.



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    <![CDATA[40 Years of Finfrock]]>Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:23:42 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Finfrock-401.jpgNBC5 celebrates forty years of Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock, reflecting on his long career and some of the big weather stories he has covered.]]><![CDATA[Child Dies After Being Left in Hot Car: Dallas Police]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:45:34 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/0721416+Hot+car.jpg

    Dallas police have identified a 2-year-old boy who died after being left in a hot vehicle.
       Police on Monday said the victim was Boi Lei Sang.
       Officers on Sunday afternoon responded to a report of a child left in a vehicle. The toddler was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
       Police initially said the victim was 3 years old, but later amended the information to say he was 2 years old.
       The National Weather Service says the high in Dallas on Sunday hit 100 degrees

    A 2-year-old boy, who was left in a car outside a church has died, a Dallas police spokesman said.

    Police on Monday said the victim was Boi Lei Sang, according to the Associated Press. 

    Dallas police spent several hours at Dallas Matu Christian Church, located on the 1100 block of Shiloh Road, questioning church members and analyzing a Honda Pilot in the parking lot.

    Services were taking place at the church when the boy's father rushed outside.

    "I think he wanted to call police but he doesn't speak English," said Reng Om.

    The church is dominated with families from Burma, Om said. Despite a language barrier, church members were able to call 911.

    "They are a perfect family. I'm very upset for him," Om said.

    The child was taken to Baylor Medical Center White rock and later pronounced dead, Dallas Fire-Rescue said.

    Originally, police said the boy was 3, but he was actually 2 years old.

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    <![CDATA[MedStar Increases Priority Responses Due to Heat]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:12:43 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/072316+MedStar+Heat+Response.jpg

    Due to this weekend's triple digit temperatures, Fort Worth's MedStar Mobile Healthcare implemented its extreme weather response procedures.

    Any patient outside in an unprotected environment will receive a higher priority response, said MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky.

    MedStar had an emergency shelter set up at Slide the City in Fort Worth. The giant slip n' slide transformed Main Street and Hulen Street into a giant block party.

    "We've got our ambulance out here," said MedStar supervisor Richard Brooks. "We've got our ambulance bus to bring people in to coll down if they need to. We can start IV's, give them fluids and ultimately transport them out of here. We can handle just about anything in here."

    MedStar estimated a crowd of 3,000 people at Slide the City. Nobody at the event needed treatment, a spokesman said.

    In other parts of Fort Worth, MedStar responded to eight heat related calls. Seven people were transported to area hospitals, a spokesman said.



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    <![CDATA[Register for NBCDFW's Closing System]]>Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:09:05 -0500http://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[Thousands in Fort Worth Enjoy Large Water Slide]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:53:37 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/072316+Fort+Worth+Slide+The+City.jpgThousands in Fort Worth take part in "Slide The City" -- a huge water slide set up on Main Street.

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    <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Hot, Hot, Hot for the Week Ahead!]]>Sun, 17 Jul 2016 18:14:19 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WX-RS-071716_1200x675_726825027569.jpg]]><![CDATA[Lightning Sparks Two Fires in House Plano]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 18:29:50 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/plano-house-fire-lightning.jpg

    Lightning is being blamed for at least two house fires in Collin County.

    Smoke and flames shot through the roof of a row of townhomes on Fawnwood Drive in west Plano at about 9:30 a.m. Friday.

    Officials say lightning struck of the townhomes, but the fire spread to at least four more.

    Neighbors heard the strike. Bob Glick said it was so close he thought it hit his home until he walked outside and saw smoke.

    He said he’s become increasingly concerned something like this would happen because there have been so many fires sparked by lightning in recent months.

    "We're all coming together and I think now they see how close the lightning is and I think we'll reconsider the lightning rods now,” Glick said.

    Shortly after firefighters began battling the flames, crews were called to another fire on Covinton Lane, about 10 miles away.

    "We pretty much had every unit in town on an emergency call because of the two fires we were working at the same time."

    Lightning is being blamed for both fires.

    The damage to the home on Covinton was mainly confined to the attic, firefighters say.

    No one was injured.



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    <![CDATA[What is a Heat Burst?]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:30:46 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/drought10.jpgNBC 5 Weather Expert meteorologist Rick Mitchell explains what a heat burst is. And he shows us the only video around of one that occurred in Texas back in 1960.

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    <![CDATA[Computer Outage Disrupts National Weather Service Offices]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:57:00 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/National-Weather-Service-AP_938407475458.jpg

    A massive nationwide computer outage on Wednesday prevented the National Weather Service from distributing important warnings and other basic information to pilots, boaters, and the public, according to an internal document obtained by NBC 5.

    The outage did not prevent any warnings from being issued in North Texas because no storms were in the area at the time.

    But it was a different story in the central United States, where severe storms were rolling across parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, resulting in “widespread media and partner confusion about the warnings and products not being received,” the report said.

    Other information including radar data and river levels did not go out.

    In some cases, forecasters used Twitter and Facebook accounts to disseminate information about severe storms.

    A statement from the National Weather Service said the outage started at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and lasted four hours.

    “The National Weather Service is in the process of executing network and infrastructure upgrades that will reduce the likelihood of a similar outage in the future,” the statement said.

    A spokeswoman did not immediately respond to questions about the cause of the outage or how common such problems are.

    Some of the most serious issues came in Missouri as a line of thunderstorms rolled through, producing winds of up to 70 miles per hour.

    “Most of the warnings issued for the KC metro were not received by outside users which resulted in significant impacts to our office and to other partners,” the report said.

    In New York, air traffic controllers noticed they were not getting updates.

    “Workarounds include increased phone coordination,” the report said.

    In Louisville, pilots did not receive the latest weather information.

    “Louisville airport is a major hub for UPS, which delivers Amazon packages, and with Amazon Prime day yesterday this is going to be an unusually high-volume night for them,” the report noted.

    The outage affected National Weather Service offices from Pago Pago, American Samoa, to Anchorage, Alaska.

    In Anchorage, for example, information about ice were missing from the service’s website.

    Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene “called to report they could not see their (radar) data,” the report said.

    During the outage, watches and warnings still were available on weather radios and the website weather.gov, the service said.



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    <![CDATA[Thunderstorm Moves Through North Texas]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:34:20 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-wx-071516.jpg

    The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for parts of North Texas as a storm moved in Friday morning.

    Warnings were issued for Tarrant, Denton, Collin, Parker and Wise counties until just after 10 a.m. Authorities said quarter-sized hail and wind gusts up to 65 mph were expected.

    A ground stop was issued at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport due to the storms. As of 10:30 a.m., the airport reported 146 flights were delayed and 71 more were canceled.

    Dallas Love Field reported 15 canceled flights and 29 more delayed as of 10:30 a.m.

    The NWS also issued Flash Flood Warnings for Wise, Montague and Jack counties until 10:15 a.m.

    Whenever active weather moves into DFW, you can keep up with it by downloading the NBC DFW APP!



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    <![CDATA[Hundreds Without Power Across North Texas]]>Sat, 09 Jul 2016 17:07:02 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/236*120/oncor1.PNG

    Hundreds of North Texas are without power Saturday evening as heavy storms rolled in from the North.

    Oncor had reported the following counties with severe outages:

    • Grayson County - 21,588 homes without power
    • Dallas County - 11,822 homes without power
    • Denton county - 9,019 homes without power
    • Tarrant County - 3,803 homes without power
    • Collin County - 2,881 homes without power

    Oncor has estimated that power may be returned starting at 8 p.m.



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    <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Continued Sunny & Hot]]>Fri, 08 Jul 2016 16:03:45 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DF-3PM-WX-070816_1200x675_721466947769.jpg]]><![CDATA[Irving Apartment Complex Suffers Storm, Wind Damage]]>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 08:50:49 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IrvingDamage.jpg

    Tuesday's early-morning storms left behind damage across North Texas.

    In Irving, a carport at the Promenade at Valley Ridge apartments was ripped from its supports. The National Weather Service received a report that the wind damaged the carport around 12:50 a.m. as thunderstorms rolled through the area.

    The metal roofing of the carport was pushed up against an apartment building as well.

    No injuries have been reported with the damage.

    It's unclear how many vehicles may have been under the carport and how man of them suffered damage.

    The apartment complex is located just east of D/FW International Airport on Valley View Lane.



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    <![CDATA[Heavy Rain, Lightning Impact North Texas]]>Mon, 04 Jul 2016 11:06:01 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-rain.gif

    A Flood Advisory was issued for parts of North Texas as thunderstorms brought heavy rain and lightning to the area Monday morning.

    The National Weather Service originally issued the advisory until 6:30 a.m., but extended it to 9:30 a.m. Parts of Dallas remain under a Flood Warning until Monday night.

    Due to the storms, a ground stop was in effect at D/FW International Airport until about 6:30 a.m.

    City of Coppell officials said they cancelled their Indpendence Day parade due to heavy rain.

    Arlington city officials said they delayed the start of their parade until 10 a.m. The City of Burleson said they postponed their parade until July 9.

    NBC 5 meteorologist Remeisha Shade said a few more storms may pop back up during the afternoon, but most of the storms should move out before evening fireworks displays get underway.

    Whenever active weather moves into DFW, you can keep up with it by downloading the NBC DFW APP!



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      <![CDATA[Courtesy Patrol to the Rescue in Summer Heat]]>Fri, 01 Jul 2016 23:08:24 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/courtesy+patrol.jpg

      A record number of people are expected to travel over the 4th of July holiday weekend. AAA estimated 43 million will travel.

      The majority of them will hit the road and when they do, the Dallas County Courtesy Patrol is there to help.

      "It feels good to help somebody," said Courtesy Patrol driver Paul Parchem.

      He and Julio Jaramillo travel Dallas County highways looking for drivers in distress.

      They're like guardian angels and Batman, rolled into one.

      "It kind of feels that way," said Jaramillo. "Because you're coming in and saving the day."

      They do it at no charge. 

      NBC 5 rode along Friday evening as the pair stopped to check on abandoned cars, overheated vehicles and even stopped to change a tire blowout.

      "People don't realize the concrete gets so hot," Parchem said. "Those tires blow out!"

      They said a little basic vehicle maintenance goes a long way to safer driving. Checking tire tread and pressure are key.

      They stopped to help one driver driver who was trying to change a flat on the side of the freeway. Ten minutes later, he was back on the road.

      "Sometimes we can get them off the side of the road. Sometimes that's the next exit. Sometimes that's all the way home," explained Jaramillo. "Feels good."



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      <![CDATA[Your Storm Photos - Jun 27, 2016]]>Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:58:26 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/e60cbd79ed434473b5cad376e5d1f758.jpgNBC 5 viewers shared their photos from the storms on Monday, June 27, 2016 via isee@nbcdfw.com or uploaded through the NBCDFW app.

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      <![CDATA[Your Storm Videos - June 27, 2016]]>Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:57:46 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/0d26173a-d6db-4ced-abb8-c2356b8545b0.jpg

      NBC 5 viewers shared their storm photos and videos via the NBCDFW app as well as isee@nbcdfw.com on Monday, June 26, 2016.

       

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      <![CDATA[Dog Days of Summer - Gallery IV]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:29:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/ace63ccc1ede408ea5ed7674dcd92794.jpeg.jpgNBC 5 viewers shared their photos of their pets staying cool in the Texas sun. You can send your photos to isee@nbcdfw.com!

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      <![CDATA[New Tornado Resource Center Opening in Garland]]>Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:12:31 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/062516+Garland+tornado+damage.jpg

      The Transitional Resource Accessibility and Community Engagement program continues to help victims from the December 26, 2015 tornadoes.

      In a few weeks, TRACE will open a new resource center in Garland. TRACE, was established to connect victims with resources and obtain basic necessities.

      "There are people who haven't been helped yet. They haven't even started yet," said TRACE co-founder Bethany Craig. "We have big plans."

      TRACE member, Kat Kreiss, helped the non-profit group obtain a warehouse to store donations and operate the new resource center. The warehouse, located on the 1100 block of South Glenbrook Drive, will be run by volunteers.

      "We want to fill it up and send out as many items as we can because there are so many people still hurting in the community," said Craig. "We're still in need of more donations like furniture, appliances, small kitchen electrics, household goods, decor, construction and landscaping materials."

      TRACE Program has partnered with Heart Homes for a fund raising event in July.

      "Out of the Darkness Charity Ball" will take place on July 30th at the Westin Hotel in downtown Dallas. Proceeds will benefit both non-profit groups.



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      <![CDATA[Colorado Turns to Goats in Wildfire Fight]]>Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:47:32 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-06-27-14h46m46s59.jpgA community in Colorado is turning to a herd of goats to control excess vegetation that can be fuel for wildfires.]]><![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: It's Definitely Summer]]>Tue, 21 Jun 2016 21:47:15 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/314*120/Capture48.PNG]]><![CDATA[Dog Days of Summer - Gallery III]]>Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:10:50 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DD-Thumb-062416.jpgNBC 5 viewers shared their photos of their pets staying cool in the Texas sun. You can send your photos to isee@nbcdfw.com!]]><![CDATA[Tropical Storm Danielle Forms in Gulf]]>Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:48:42 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TS_Danielle_11a_062016_1200x675_709018691530.jpgTropical Storm Danielle, the fourth storm named this season, forms in the Gulf of Mexico and approaches Mexico. ]]><![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Air Quality Alert Monday]]>Sun, 19 Jun 2016 18:56:29 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WX-PM-RS-061916_1200x675_708681283554.jpg]]><![CDATA[Heat Advisory Extended to Saturday Evening]]>Thu, 16 Jun 2016 16:34:32 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas-Sun.jpg

      A heat advisory has been extended for all of North Texas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, as temperatures reach dangerous levels this week.

      The advisory is in effect from noon Wednesday until 8 p.m. Saturday and includes the following counties: Anderson, Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Freestone, Grayson, Hamilton, Henderson, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Hunt, Jack, Johnson, Kaufman, Lamar, Montague, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Wise.

      High temperatures are expected to reach the middle and upper 90s, with the heat index approaching values around 105 degrees due to a high amount of humidity in the air.

      While those who work outside are warned to be cautious, there some some jobs, even in this heat, where coats are comfortable. 

      "About 40 degrees year-round in here," said NYTEX Zamboni driver Max Tosh. "So no matter how hot it is outside, it's nice and cool in here." 

      At the Reddy Ice vault in Fort Worth, the temperature is kept at 19 degrees.

      "I used to have to keep a coat on all the time," delivery driver Michael Harris explained. "Over time, you get used to it."

      Heat exhaustion or heat stroke can quickly develop when the heat index is that high, the National Weather Service warns. Avoid serious illness by drinking plenty of water, wearing light and loose-fitting clothing when possible and avoiding strenuous outdoor activities during the afternoon.



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      <![CDATA[Power Outages Across North Texas]]>Mon, 13 Jun 2016 04:53:03 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/224*120/oncor.PNG

      More than 35,000 customers were without power in North Texas Sunday night after heavy rain and wind blew through the area.

      Oncor reported five counties with significant power outages in the Metroplex. As of 6 p.m. Sunday, the power loss count was:

      • 2,396 outages in Tarrant County
      • 17,214 outages in Dallas County
      • 6,369 outages in Collin County
      • 9,174 outages in Denton County
      • 3,862 outages in Kaufman County

      Haslet Fire-Rescue said some areas in Haslet are also without power. One specific area where officials urge caution a traffic signal without power on the intersection of Avondale-Haslet Road and Farm-to-Market Road 156.

      Oncor estimates power will return to individuals in Collin and Tarrant counties by 8:30 p.m. and Dallas County by 9 p.m.



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      <![CDATA[Granbury Apt. Owner Vows to Repair Landslide Damaged Bldg.]]>Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:38:04 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/granbury-apartment.jpg

      A building housing 16 units at the Lakefront Apartments has been declared uninhabitable by the City of Granbury.

      The units are located in the building which now sits on the edge of a hill wiped out by Friday's landslide.

      "Yes, its is true that the building isn't habitable. Once that determination is made, it is a private property issue," said Sheri Campbell-Husband, the Assistant City Manager in Granbury.

      "Two other homes that were of concern have been deemed safe enough for owners to go back in. They, too, will need to work with their insurance companies to determine what repairs are needed."

      Wade Parrish bought the Lakefront Apartment building in 2007. He made renovations and had plans to retire with the rental income.

      "I visualized it being paid off and being able to have a monthly cash flow that would be substantial, but I think we're a long away from that," Parrish said. "I did the wrong thing and fell in love with a piece of real estate."

      Eight units in a separate building have been declared safe, Parrish said. He plans on hiring a structural engineer to assess the damaged apartment building with the lake front view.

      "It's just amazing, the power and the force of mother nature," Parrish said. "It looks like a bomb went off. It like something you see in a war zone."

      Parrish estimates a $1 million repair, but he said his insurance company denied his claim.

      Parrish is asking for the public's help through his GoFundMe account.



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      <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Big Pattern Change Ahead]]>Sat, 04 Jun 2016 20:59:41 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/060416+web7day.jpgGet ready for a big pattern change across DFW! After several days of rain and flooding, a dry weather pattern will return for most of the upcoming week!]]><![CDATA[Man Arrested for Ignoring Flood Barricades]]>Fri, 03 Jun 2016 15:59:34 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sledge-joco.jpg

      Johnson County sheriff's deputies arrested a driver for allegedly going around barricades into floodwaters Thursday.

      Cleburne Fire Rescue, Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies and the National Guard responded after receiving a call about the driver being trapped between two flooded creeks on a closed road in the rural area of Old Foamy.

      Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator Jamie Moore used a drone equipped with a camera from the east side of the stretch of roadway while Barry Moore, a good Samaritan, used another from the west side.

      The driver, identified Friday as 35-year-old Christopher Sledge, faces a charge of disobeying warning signs, a Class B misdemeanor. His bond was set at $500.



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      <![CDATA[Governor Abbott Monitors Flooding in Hood County]]>Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:43:43 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hood+County+flooding.jpg

      Governor Greg Abbott was in North Texas Thursday, getting briefed in Hood County about flooding. 

      Hood County has been declared a disaster after heavy rains the past few days.

      A municipality must be declared a disaster in order to be considered for Federal Emergency Management Agency funds. 

      Abbott said it will take a few days to assess all of the damage, which determines the amount of federal funding.

      Abbott spoke to reporters after meeting with emergency responders. 

      He reminded people to stay safe, using the words “turn around, don’t drown.” 

      He also had a message for people whose homes were in danger because of flood waters.

      “If water is rising and you are concerned about your property, remember this...and that is your life is far more valuable than your property," said Abbott. "If you are told by a local official to evacuate, heed that warning."



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      <![CDATA[FM 2499 Flooded in Flower Mound, But Reopened]]>Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:15:13 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2499+Flooding+16.jpg

      The southbound lanes of Farm-to-Market Road 2499 at Lakeside Village Parkway in Flower Mound have reopened after being closed due to high water.

      The town of Flower Mound reported the road closure at about 3 p.m. Thursday.

      By 4 p.m., the entirety of the southbound side was flooded at Gerault and Enterprise drives and crews had begun blocking off the northbound side to just one lane as water began pooling up there.

      Similar flooding occurred last summer and shut down a section of FM 2499 for multiple days as crews waited for the water to go down and then had to inspect it to assure it was still safe.

      As of about 5 p.m., the water had receded slightly, but was still present and more rain showed possible on radar.

      Traffic on FM 2499 northbound was also backed up well beyond Grapevine Mills Mall due to the situation.



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      <![CDATA[Flash Flood Watch in North Texas Extended to Friday]]>Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:13:46 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flash-flood-watch-060216.jpg

      Much of North Texas, including the Metroplex, remains under a Flash Flood Watch until 1 p.m. Friday.

      The National Weather service issued the Flash Flood Watch for several counties, including: 

      Montague, Cooke, Grayson, Fannin, Lamar, Young, Jack, Wise, Denton, Collin, Hunt, Delta, Hopkins, Stephens, Palo Pinto, Parker, Tarrant, Dallas, Rockwall, Kaufman, Van Zandt, Rains, Eastland, Erath, Hood, Somervell, Johnson, Ellis, Henderson, Comanche, Mills, Hamilton, Bosque, Hill, Navarro, Freestone, Anderson, Lampasas, Coryell, Bell, McLennan, Falls, Limestone, Leon, Milam and Robertson.

      The counties north of the DFW area received several inches of rain early Thursday morning, causing many road closures.

      Several rounds of showers and thunderstorms are expected through much of the week and many areas already received several inches of rain through Wednesday.

      Any storm that develops is capable of producing heavy rainfall in a short period of time, forecasters said, so additional rainfall is likely to cause flooding.

      Widespread rainfall amounts of three to five inches can be expected through Friday, with isolated heavier amounts in excess of six inches possible, according to the National Weather Service.

      Drivers should take caution to avoid traveling across roads that are covered by water.

      Governor Declares State of Disaster

      On Wednesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in 31 counties — including Erath, Hood, Palo Pinto and Parker in North Texas — due to ongoing issues caused by flooding in recent days.

      Many of the other counties in the declaration area are located in southeast Texas.

      Hood County Fire Marshal Ray Wilson said fire and emergency management crews helped 10 to 15 people to safety Tuesday in the Lake Granbury Harbor residential area due to high water.

      Wilson said rescue teams would continue to monitor the situation.

      Red Cross Shelters in Granbury, Weatherford

      The American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Granbury, at the Bridge Street Conference Center, 600 West Bridge Street.

      A second shelter is open in Weatherford, at Springcreek Church, 100 Springcreek Road.

      School Closed in McKinney ISD

      Several hundred Collin County residents were without power Tuesday night due to the storms.

      The McKinney Independent School District alerted parents Tuesday that a storm damaged a transformer, causing a power outage at Vega Elementary School. Officials said they canceled class at Vega Elementary due to the expected lengthy repair.

      Oncor authorities said they restored power to the school Wednesday morning.

      Lightning Sparks House Fires

      Dallas-Fire Rescue crews were called to a fire at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 6000 block of Gentle Knoll Lane in Dallas. Two adults were able to safely evacuate.

      They told fire investigators they heard a loud boom and then noticed smoke filling the house shortly after.

      Firefighters also responded to a house fire in the 4100 block of Walnut Meadow Lane in Dallas. Three adults evacuated the home without any injuries.

      Similar to the first house fire report, the people at the second home said the house started filling up with smoke soon after a loud booming sound.

      Both house fires were determined to have been caused by a lightning strike, officials said.

      A third North Texas house fire apparently caused by lightning was reported in Heath, in Rockwall County. Nobody was injured in that fire, either.


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      <![CDATA[Federal Money For Flood "Mitigation" Could Help Make Dallas Roads Safer]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:41:07 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stranded-drivers1.jpg

      No one was injured this morning following two water rescues at California Crossing Road near Wildwood Drive in northwest Dallas.
      It's a known trouble-spot that floods often during heavy rain; yet drivers continue to ignore warning signs and drive around barricades. 
      The consequence-- cars swept away or submerged by rising flood waters. It seems to happen every time there’s a torrential rain and flash flooding.
      Two drivers got stuck on California Crossing on Wednesday morning, one driver was trying to rescue the other. He stood on top of his submerged vehicle, waving frantically at Chopper 5 flying overhead. Dallas Firefighters rescued him.
      City Emergency Managers watch these scenes unfold with frustration. The area has warning signs and flashing lights in place.
      "Those are up for a reason, they’re up to protect and separate hazards from citizens. If you come across a barrier don’t drive around it for conveniences sake," said Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator Kevin Oden.
      Dallas emergency managers keep a close eye on about 40 flood-prone roadways that have "Flooded Roadway Warning Systems" in place. When water crosses the roadway and driving conditions become too dangerous, the lights start flashing on the warning signs posted on the side of the road.
      A Dallas Streets Services worker, police officer, or Office of Emergency Management employee would have to physically come to the site, though, to put up temporary barricades or close the gates if flooding gets worse.
      "We actively look for mitigating opportunities to stop flooded roadways," Oden said, "and actually we’re working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency right now as a result of the Memorial Day floods in 2015, to get some mitigation funds to help alleviate these problems."
      Northwest Dallas tends to have some of the most dangerous flooding.
      "The heaviest street flooding that we had in the city is in that part of town. That area would certainly be an area to look at for any mitigation we can do," Oden said.
      Federal flood-assistance money could go towards more flashing lights and warning signs; barricades; and elevating certain roadways.
      "It does happen, drivers do go around flashing warning signs," Oden said. "And it’s just a reminder for us to push that message out in every available medium we have available to us."

      Several people were rescued without injury Wednesday morning after being stranded in high water at California Crossing Road near Wildwood Drive in northwest Dallas.

      It's a known trouble-spot that floods often during heavy rain, yet drivers continue to ignore warning signs and drive around barricades. 

      The consequence -- cars swept away or submerged by rising flood waters. It seems to happen every time there’s a torrential rain and flash flooding.

      Two drivers got stuck on California Crossing on Wednesday morning, one driver was trying to rescue the other. He stood on top of his submerged vehicle, waving frantically at Chopper 5 flying overhead. Dallas firefighters rescued him.

      City emergency managers watch these scenes unfold with frustration. The area has warning signs and flashing lights in place.

      "Those are up for a reason, they’re up to protect and separate hazards from citizens. If you come across a barrier don’t drive around it for conveniences sake," said Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator Kevin Oden.

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      Dallas emergency managers keep a close eye on about 40 flood-prone roadways that have "Flooded Roadway Warning Systems" in place. When water crosses the roadway and driving conditions become too dangerous, the lights start flashing on the warning signs posted on the side of the road.

      A Dallas Streets Services worker, police officer or Office of Emergency Management employee would have to physically come to the site, though, to put up temporary barricades or close the gates if flooding gets worse.

      "We actively look for mitigating opportunities to stop flooded roadways," Oden said. "And actually, we’re working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency right now as a result of the Memorial Day floods in 2015, to get some mitigation funds to help alleviate these problems."

      Northwest Dallas tends to have some of the most dangerous flooding.

      "The heaviest street flooding that we had in the city is in that part of town. That area would certainly be an area to look at for any mitigation we can do," Oden said.

      Federal flood-assistance money could go towards more flashing lights, warning signs, barricades and elevating certain roadways.

      "It does happen, drivers do go around flashing warning signs," Oden said. "And it’s just a reminder for us to push that message out in every available medium we have available to us."



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      <![CDATA[Animals Rescued From Texas Floods]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 16:36:11 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chickens+saved.jpg

      Crews continue to rescue people and their beloved animals from rising floodwaters in southeast Texas.

      Firefighters saved a woman's chickens from her home in Rosenberg using a rescue boat.

      At least six feet of water sits in residential neighborhoods in Rosenberg and Richmond, covering cars and homes.

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      "The only thing I got out of my house was 2 pairs of pants," said flood victim Irineo Reyes. "The one I had on yesterday and this one."

      Fort Bend County officials say record level flooding in the Brazos River prompted authorities to shut down one major highway.

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      A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for several areas throughout fort bend county.

      "We hope that people don't wait for the water to surround their home," Lowell Neinast with the City of Richmond said. "Unfortunately, this happened in several cases and all of a sudden, they decide they want to get out."

      Water levels will continue to rise in the region as more rain is expected for the rest of the week.



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      <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Flash Flood Watch Through Thursday]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 12:28:36 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/web7day314.jpgScattered showers and thunderstorms will redevelop Wednesday and pockets of heavy rain are likely. Flash flooding is possible through Thursday with 2-4 inches of additional rain possible.]]><![CDATA[Johnson County Using Drones to Stay Ahead of Flooding]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 12:25:47 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/johnson-county-drone-flooding.jpgA day after flooding rains poured down on Johnson County, Emergency Management Director Jamie Moore speaks with NBC 5 and talks about how they're using technology to stay ahead of flooding.

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      <![CDATA[Texas Flooding Problems Worsen in SouthTexas]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 12:17:34 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/richmond-flooding.jpgAfter days of rain, the flooding problem continues to swell in South Texas.

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      <![CDATA[High Water Leads to Dangerous Moments for Dallas Drivers]]>Wed, 01 Jun 2016 12:13:57 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stranded-drivers1.jpgHigh water in Dallas led to some dangerous moments for drivers in Dallas Wednesday morning.

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      <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Stormy Memorial Day]]>Sun, 29 May 2016 18:17:39 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DallasNews_com_May_29_2016_PM_Forecast_1200x675_695217731594.jpgAnother round of showers and storms is expected early Monday morning. There may be a couple more isolated storms Monday afternoon too. Any Memorial Day plans in the morning may be soggy, but the afternoon will generally be drier. Tuesday and Wednesday look pretty stormy as well with heavy rainfall being the primary concern. ]]><![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Weekend Won't Be A Washout]]>Sat, 28 May 2016 20:35:10 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/new_May_28_2016_PM_Forecast_1200x675_694929475903.jpgA few strong to marginally severe storms are possible this evening and tonight, but most will remain dry. There is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch that includes Comanche county until 11PM but NOT DFW. A few storms SW of DFW may produce hail up to 1" and 60 MPH winds this evening. Storm chances remain at 20% for Sunday also. It will stay warm and muggy for the rest of the holiday weekend.]]><![CDATA[Eyes Open for Memorial Weekend Storms at Lewisville Lake]]>Sat, 28 May 2016 09:34:22 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rain+Campground.jpg

      A rainy forecast doesn’t seem to be enough to ruin the holiday weekend fun for many at area lakes.

      As of Friday, the Hickory Creek Park campground at Lewisville Lake remained sold out, despite storm chances throughout the long weekend.

      "I'll go on to see if anybody canceled, and no cancellations,” said gate attendant Connie Peek as campers started filing in during the Friday morning rain storm.

      Lake Manager Rob Jordan with the Army Corps of Engineers said his park rangers are keeping an eye on Lewisville Lake and Lake Ray Roberts, already releasing water again after the overnight storm sent the lakes into flood stages again.

      Jordan said it’s important that boaters, campers and beach-goers remain weather aware through the weekend, especially on the lake where hazards and choppy waters could be present.

      "Make sure that they have the required safety equipment on board and make sure they're wearing a life jacket when they're out there,” said Jordan.

      Several campers at Hickory Creek said they were willing to stick it out for whatever nature brings this weekend, after last year’s flooding kept them out of that park and many others until just the past few weeks.

      "Yeah, they were closed most of the year, so we had to go find other places,” said Wayne VanHoose of Denton.

      At Lewisville Lake, most of the parks are now back open with Hickory Creek and West Lake just opening gates about two weeks ago.

      Park rangers said some areas within parks may remain closed though as repairs from the floods continue.



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      <![CDATA[Tornadoes, Heavy Rain Batter Texas]]>Mon, 23 May 2016 07:54:57 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/big-spring-tornado.jpg

      Severe storms are bringing heavy rain, hail and reports of tornadoes to West Texas and the Panhandle.

      John Cockrell, a meteorologist in the Amarillo office of the National Weather Service, said multiple tornadoes were reported in the Panhandle's Donley and Ochiltree counties.

      Cockrell said the weather service hadn't received any reports of significant damage or injuries. Crews will likely survey the area Monday.

      Tornados were also reported further south in Hall and Glasscock counties, where there were no immediate reports of damage.

      A tornado watch was in effect until 10 p.m. Sunday for 46 Texas counties across a swath of the state from the Panhandle to the Mexico border. The watch also extended into parts of Oklahoma and Kansas.

      The Storm Prediction Center warned severe thunderstorms were expected to continue Sunday night across a broad portion of the Plains.



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