<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Weather News and Coverage]]> Copyright 2014 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 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:12:20 -0500 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:12:20 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Warm Weather Here to Stay]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:58:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Grant+Johnston+Formal.jpg

Morning clouds will be followed by afternoon sunshine today with highs near 80.  A big warm-up is in store heading into the weekend.  Highs will be near record levels Sunday and Monday.  A cold front will arrive by the middle of next week, bringing a return to Fall weather and a chance of rain.

TODAY:  Cloudy this morning with a few sprinkles.  Sunny and warm this afternoon.  High: 80.  Wind: SE 5-10 mph.

TONIGHT:  Mostly clear.  Low: 60.  Wind: SE 5-10 mph.

FRIDAY:  Mostly sunny and warm.  Low 60.  High 84.  Wind:  SW 5-10 mph. 

SATURDAY:  Sunny and warm.  Low: 64.  High: 87.  Wind: S 10 mph.

SUNDAY:  Sunny and warm.  Low: 65.  High: 88.  Wind: S 10-15 mph.

MONDAY:  Partly cloudy and warm.  Near record high.  Low 66.  High 90.  Wind:  S 15-20 mph.

TUESDAY:  Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of afternoon or evening thunderstorms .  Low: 64.  High: 80.  Wind: S/N 10 mph.

WEDNESDAY:  A 20 percent chance of showers early, then sunny and cool.  Low 52.  High 72.  Wind:  N 10-15 mph.

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<![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 22, 2014]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:43:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bus_stop_wx_for_wednesday_web_1200x675_346223683777.jpg Children share their artwork depicting North Texas weather. Eight-year-old Ilyana.

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<![CDATA[Debris Lingers Weeks After North Texas Storm]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:24:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+storm+cleanup.jpg

The cleanup continues nearly three weeks after an early October storm swept through North Texas, knocking out power to thousands and downing trees and limbs at a rate approaching that of the ice storm from December 2013.

"I think this storm, at the end of the day, will be similar to that storm in terms of tonnage," said Kelly High, director of sanitation for the city of Dallas.

High said Monday that his crews have been working 12-hour days, six to seven days a week, since Oct. 2 when a powerful squall tore through the metroplex.

In addition to the regular dumping sites for storm debris in the city, Dallas has opened a temporary site, off Plano Road and northeast of Interstate 635, where sanitation workers and private contractors can take downed trees and fallen tree limbs to be ground into sawdust.

Bulk trash pickup in the city is done all month on a rotating basis, depending upon where one lives in the city.

As it turns out, the areas hardest hit by the early October storm are in Northeast Dallas, which are largely slated to have bulk pickup done during the third and fourth weeks of the month.

"I understand when those piles are sitting in front of your house it doesn't seem like we're doing much, but I assure you we're working very hard," High said.

It is a similar scene in some Fort Worth neighborhoods, where piles of limbs and brush built up along the curbs.

In east Fort Worth, the White Lake Hills neighborhood was scheduled to have its bulk trash and storm debris hauled off last week, between Oct. 13 and 17.

"[But] here it is," said Rich Fox, of the debris pile still sitting at the edge of his property. "One neighbor got hers picked up, but everybody else, there's a few more houses where I still see brush."

A special section on the city of Fort Worth website's home page is dedicated to "Storm Cleanup." In that section, it states that the city is "making collection of tree and yard debris a priority."

The site makes mention of piles "roughly the size of a Volkswagon Bug" requiring a phone call to the city so as to allow a better understanding of the collection needs.

In Arlington, sanitation workers are trying to keep up with what has become a demanding schedule since the storm hit, according to Reggie Lewis, with the city of Arlington's office of communications.

A concern for the workers has been the size of many of the individual debris piles, Lewis said, which are to be no more than four feet tall.



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<![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 20, 2014]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:02:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/monday_busstop_1200x675_345168451852.jpg Children share their artwork depicting North Texas weather. Hico Elementary School third grader Brandon Norman.]]> <![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 15, 2014]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:57:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/school_forecast_1200x675_342763075686.jpg Kids likely need a light jacket in the morning, but weather should be ideal when the bus drops them off this afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 14, 2014]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:48:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/busstop_tuesday_1200x675_342279235999.jpg Children share their artwork depicting North Texas weather. Hico Elementary School third grader Jayden Stone.]]> <![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 13, 2014]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:09:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/busstop_wx_for_monday_1200x675_341310531710.jpg Rain gear will be needed for the morning bus ride, but the afternoon will be cool and windy.]]> <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Storms, then Cooler]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:12:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/101114+Saturday+7day+4cast.jpg Temperatures will return to the 80s on Sunday with a fair amount of sunshine. Our next cold front moves in on Monday morning bringing our next best chance for rain. The middle of the week looks splendid with sunshine and highs in the mid 80s.]]> <![CDATA[School Districts Watching Severe Weather Closely]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:54:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lightning+detection+app+DFW.jpg

When you live in Texas, there are certain truths you learn to accept: high school football reigns supreme on Friday nights and Mother Nature can sack you at any given moment.

That's why Arlington ISD stresses the importance of being prepared for days like Friday when bad weather and football might collide.

“We monitor the weather all day long,” said Leslie Johnston, spokesperson for Arlington ISD. “We’re getting updates from the National Weather Service and monitoring how it’s moving in.”

They’re also keeping a close eye on their phones. The district’s athletics staff uses a special app that will alert them any time lightning strikes within 30 miles of a stadium. Once it’s detected within 10 miles of a stadium, the game is stopped and the stadium is cleared.

“We’ll meet with the coaches and the administrators prior to the game and make any decisions that haven’t already been made to that point about where people will go,” said Johnston. “They’ll make an announcement at the beginning of the game.”

The Mansfield ISD Athletic Department has also been watching the forecast all day. They decided to start three games early to try to beat the storms.

“We’re hoping by starting a little bit early tonight. We can get our game in and get everybody home safely,” said Eric White, assistant athletic director for Mansfield ISD. “Then we don’t have to worry about delays or coming back tomorrow or any of those kinds of things.”

The Lake Ridge vs. Timberview and Summit vs. Waxahachie games will now kick off at 6:30 p.m. Mansfield vs. DeSoto will start at 7 p.m.



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<![CDATA[School District Uses Special Lightning App]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:53:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lightning+detection+app+DFW.jpg When you live in Texas, there are certain truths you learn to accept – high school football reigns supreme on Friday nights and Mother Nature can sack you at any given moment.

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<![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 8, 2014]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:19:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/busstop_for_wednesday_1200x675_338986563890.jpg Mild morning and a unseasonably warm afternoon ahead for North Texas students.]]> <![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 7, 2014]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 07:05:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bus_Stop_6a_100714_1200x675_338570819871.jpg The school day starts off mild and muggy, but warms up by recess and heats up for the afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Register for NBCDFW's Closing System]]> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 19:36:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/snowflake.jpg

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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.

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Additionally, NBCDFW offers email and SMS alerts for school and business closings. For more information 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[Arlington Getting Back to Normal After Storms]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:03:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Arlington+storm+cleanup+image.jpg

Leaders in Arlington said the city is finally getting back to normal, as cleanup efforts continue in the wake of Thursday’s powerful storms.

It was another busy morning Monday for power crews, as they worked to restore power to the last handful of residents still in the dark.

As of Monday afternoon, fewer than 200 homes in Arlington were experiencing outages – and officials said not all of those were storm-related.

“We’re pretty close to back to normal,” said David Carroll, Assistant Chief for the Arlington Fire Department. “We’re still monitoring things. And our Emergency Operations Center is still activated.”

Things are also getting back to normal at Arlington Baptist College, which suffered some of the heaviest damage in Thursday’s storms.

Powerful winds ripped a section of the roof off a women’s dorm building and threw it into a nearby parking lot, crushing several cars.

By Monday afternoon, most of the mess was gone and blue tarps covered the damaged areas of the building.

“We’ve had an incredible response from everybody who was involved,” said Dr. Dan Moody, President of Arlington Baptist College. “We’re so grateful.”

Over the weekend, students, staff members, local churches and community members helped clear debris and clean up the campus.

Moody says they’re already working with contractors to repair the building and later this week, a structural engineer will examine it to determine if it’s structurally sound. If they’re given the all clear, students will be allowed to move back into a section of the building that wasn’t damaged.

“You never like to see things like this happen,” said Moody. “But what a beautiful response.”

Classes have already been canceled through Tuesday while cleanup continues. Moody says if all goes well, they will resume classes Wednesday.

Many of the students who lived in the damaged part of the building lost all their possessions during the storm.

The college has set up a Go Fund Me page, where anyone can make donations to help replace some of those items.
 



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<![CDATA[Your Fall Photos 2014]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:15:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fall+Thumb+102214.JPG NBC 5 viewers shared their fall photos via isee@nbcdfw.com.]]> <![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 6, 2014]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 08:00:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bus_stop_6a_wx_100614_1200x675_338217539749.jpg Kids will need umbrellas on the way to school Monday morning and there's a low chance of more rain this afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Possible Storms Overnight]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 18:19:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/100514+Sunday+7day+4cast.jpg There is a 10% chance for a shower overnight, but that will move out in time for the Monday AM commute. Temperatures return to the 90s on Tuesday and Wednesday. Our next cold front, which will also bring our next best chance for rain arrives Friday...and that will also knock our temperatures back to the 70s by next weekend.]]> <![CDATA[North Texas Storm Victims Spend Weekend Cleaning Up]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 00:18:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/100414+Tree+damage.jpg

Lester Jones has had a busy Saturday morning cleaning up after the storm in his front yard.

“Mighty large tree, probably 60 foot tall, 50% of it came down, had half the street covered up,” he said.

But despite having to take care of the giant pile of work, he said he’s staying positive.

“I got lucky. It missed the house, and it hit the street,” he said.

As of Saturday night, ONCOR said 26,276 customers in Dallas county and 17,469 customers in Tarrant County remain without power. The outages follow Thursday's heavy rains and hurricane force winds that swept across North Texas.

North Arlington was one of the hardest hit areas. Down the street Jones’ neighbors aren’t as lucky. They’ve had to clean up and live without power for two days.

“It’s kind of like, very primitive. We don’t have any coffee, no eggs and bacon. Have to eat out every meal right now,” said Robert Staley.

In Dallas, a giant awning fell off of a building and into a storage facility.

“It was like a parachute up there, just brr brr brr you could just hear it. It sounded like it was going to rip the roof off the building. It was really loud, really scary,” said Bruce Bersch, who was working at Cobblestone Shoe Repair, the building where the awning flew off.

The awning also dented Bersch’s car, embedding countless pieces of glass onto his hood. Still, he said he was thankful the damage stopped there.

“Luckily it didn’t go the other way, there was a lot of traffic here that day, and if it went the other way, it could’ve been a lot worse,” he said.



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<![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Feeling Like Fall]]> Sat, 04 Oct 2014 20:15:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/210*120/100414+Saturday+7day+4cast.jpg After a pleasant and gorgeous Saturday, get ready for a beautiful and slightly warmer Sunday across DFW. Temperatures will get back into the 80s on Sunday and Monday and 90s on Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be a slight chance for a brief shower early Monday. But our next decent chance for rain and storms will arrive on Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Garland Man Dies After Thursday's Storms]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 20:57:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/e1621feff32d4a059793989cb84b620c.jpg

A Garland man has died after Thursday's storms.

Officials said when police and fire crews arrived at the 100 block of Kenwood Drive around 5:00 p.m. Friday afternoon, they found the body of Gustavo Garza, 68, in the backyard.

Officers said there were fallen tree limbs, a downed power line and a chainsaw near Garza's body.

It is unclear if Garza died sometime Thursday night after the storm or earlier Friday.

Police are waiting the medical examiner's report to determine Garza's cause of death.
 

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<![CDATA[Squall Line to Blame for Storm Damage: NWS]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 18:46:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Arlington+Tree+Down+100314.JPG

North Texas was hit by a large squall line Thursday that resulted in numerous reports of damage in the Dallas-Fort Worth area according to The National Weather Service.

The preliminary NWS count shows 47 reports of hail, 92 severe wind reports, 67 different reports of thunderstorm wind damage and 25 direct observations of wind gusts over 58 miles per hour.

While there were unconfirmed reports of tornadoes Thursday, the National Weather Service says all evidence suggests that straight line winds are to blame for the damage across North Texas.

Looking at damage evidence the NWS found in Tarrant County, wind speeds were likely around 80 mph in Fort Worth, while in Arlington wind speeds were closer to 90 mph near the University of Texas at Arlington campus and at Arlington Baptist College.

In southwestern Dallas County wind speeds were estimated close to 85 mph. Garland and Lake Ray Hubbard experienced winds at 70 to 80 mph. At the top of a broadcast tower at Cedar Hill the winds were near 100 mph.

As for Rockwall County, the NWS says wind speeds were strongest near Fate, where observations and radar data suggest wind speeds of 70 to 80 mph. Wind speeds were close to 80 mph near Terrell in Kaufman County.



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<![CDATA[Power Outages Close Tarrant County Schools]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 13:20:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/storm-damage4.jpg

Several Arlington schools were forced to close Friday after severe storms hit the city Thursday evening.

Arlington ISD

Arlington Independent School District official Leslie Johnston said several of their campuses will be closed Friday.

Classes were canceled at all 75 campuses that were still without power Friday morning, Johnston said.

Grand Prairie ISD

District officials said they will release South Grand Prairie High School students early.

Head Start Program

The Head Start Program closed four schools in Fort Worth and two in Arlington due to power outage, officials said.

Mansfield ISD

James Coble Middle School is the only Mansfield Independent School District campus to be closed today, officials said.

University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington will also be closed Friday because of a partial power outage, school officials said.

All Friday classes were canceled and all offices will be closed after severe storms knocked out the university's power Thursday, university Assistant Vice President for Media Relations Kristin Sullivan said. The university's Fort Worth Center and Research Institute will also will be closed. All daytime activities are canceled as well.

The E.H. Hereford University Center and Dining Services will be open. Events and activities scheduled for Friday evening will likely proceed on schedule, Sullivan said. The university should be open for all classes and campus operations Saturday.

All classes are closed at the Newman Inernational Academy of Arlington, according to Assistant Superintendent Betty Sims.



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<![CDATA[Students Escape After Storm Rips Roof Off Dorm]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:21:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington-baptist-college-06.jpg

Freshman Courtney Garcia is feeling lucky tonight.

Hours after a storm ripped the roof off her dorm at Arlington Baptist College, she returned to the place she called home this semester, with a cast and bandages.

She was among about two dozen young women inside the dormitory Thursday afternoon when the roof was violently slapped off the building by intense winds.

“I was like, 'I need to move,' and right when I moved, the glass just broke in and shattered. I had to put my hand up to see like it wouldn’t get in my face and I had a really deep gash on my ankle,” Garcia said.

The girls huddled in a bathroom as the storm passed. Fellow neighbors helped her wrap her wounds to stop the bleeding.

Now, as she surveys the damage, she feels lucky. Lucky she’s not hurt worse, and that her friends and neighbors are all safe.

“I think God had His hand on us, and it could have been a lot worse if we didn’t get out on time. I just feel like we're all really lucky,” she said.

The young women will be placed in other dorms or hotels while Arlington Baptist College figures out what to do with the building.

Usually around 60 girls live in the dorm, but many were gone for a long weekend, since the school is closed on Friday.



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<![CDATA[Severe Storms Cause Damage in North Texas]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 18:45:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/arlington-baptist-college-06.jpg

Severe thunderstorms packing winds of up to 90 mph tore through the Dallas-Fort Worth area Thursday, ripping a roof from a college building in Arlington, toppling a brick wall in historic Fort Worth and leaving thousands in the dark.

The fast-moving storms left widespread damage and power outages in the their wake Thursday afternoon across North Texas, as winds downed utility poles and large tree limbs.

Arlington

Winds ripped the roof from the girls' dorm on the Arlington Baptist College campus. Lt. Lee Tovar with the Arlington Fire Department said one student was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"Right when I moved, the glass just broke in and shattered," freshman Courtney Garcia. "I had to put my hand up to see."

Junior basketball player Shanice Hill, 21, said her vehicle was one of six that was damaged during the storm. She said her insurance company told her it was likely an Act of God and the damage would not be covered. She said her laptop, TV and most of her clothes were also destroyed during the storm.

"I’m going through a lot right now," she said. "The bottom floor is flooded, a lot of my clothes are wet, and so, it’s a hard time for everybody."

Many of the students had gone home for the weekend, but those who were there said they ran into the lobby as the roof started to peel away. The debris damaged several cars in the parking lot.

Until the building is fixed, no one will be allowed to stay there. Family, friends and churches in the area are helping the displaced girls until a long-term solution is found.

The Arlington Independent School District canceled all classes and closed their offices, officials said.

The University of Texas at Arlington also closed Friday due to a partial power outage. School officials said all classes are canceled and all offices closed.

Chopper 5 also spotted major damage at JD Higgins Company in the 1600 block of Industrial Court in Arlington. The roof was ripped off exposing the inside of the building to the elements.

Fort Worth

Storms also triggered a building collapse in the Stockyards in Fort Worth during the height of the storm, the fire department said.

The back wall of the old Stage Coach Hotel at 2408 North Main Street collapsed during the storm. The collapse sent nearly 100 old bricks smashing down onto eight cars parked below.

Fort Worth Fire is concerned the other three walls may not be stable and have evacuated neighboring buildings, including the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Maverick Fine Western Wear, Elephant Saloon and Love Shack.

North Main Street is closed between NW 23rd Street and NW 25th Street. It’s unclear how long the closure will be in place. No one was injured, but eight vehicles were damaged, some totaled.

Numerous sheet metal sheds were mangled, and a limb crushed an unoccupied car in eastern Fort Worth.

Dallas

The Dallas County Sheriff's Office says wind is to blame for power lines and a fiber optic line being torn down across Interstate 20 at Cockrell Hill Road. No injuries were reported, from Chopper 5 one car could be seen with the power line across its hood.

The lines came down around 4:25 p.m. and the roadway was closed for nearly four hours. NBC 5's Amanda Guerra reported the roadway reopened around 8 p.m. but not before mothers and their children abandoned their cars on the highway to go to a nearby gas station for food, water and restrooms.

In Dallas, traffic lights were out for a large section of Lake Highlands and along Greenville Avenue, east of US-75 Central Expressway, Thursday evening.

The stop arms at several DART light rail crossings were down for hours, including the crossing at Audelia Road, just south of I-635, causing lengthy traffic delays.

NBC 5 crews came across two massive trees that were uprooted buy the storm. Power poles and large street signs were knocked down in the area around Southern Methodist University.

The Dallas Independent School District closed at least 48 schools that were still without power Friday morning.

Grand Prairie

Some Grand Prairie residents spent the day off work cleaning up after the storm. Fences and trees were torn off due to high winds.

The Grand Prairie Municipal Airport was secure and operational despite damages to hangars and planes.

Hong Kong Market Place inside Asia Times Square had to close due to a power outage.

Multiple intersections didn't have working signals, so temporary generators or stop signs had to be placed there instead.

A billboard along Pioneer Parkway west of 161 bowed low as it gave from the pressure from Thursday's severe weather.

As of Friday afternoon 7,000 residents were still without power. Crews from the city and Oncor have been working around the clock to restore power.

Frisco

Frisco firefighters said a house fire in the 12200 block of Blue Ridge Drive may have been caused by lightning. The City of Frisco said a neighbor who called 911 reported seeing lightning strike the two-story home at around 4:25 p.m. No one was at home at the time of the fire. One firefighter was treated for a minor injury.

Denton County

Denton County was hit early in the storm seeing heavy downpours and up-to baseball sized hail reported in some areas. Besides some flash flooding and tree damage though, the area dodged the worst of the storm.

Grayson County

A North Texas teacher was hurt by lightning during the storms.

A fourth-grade teacher at Lamar Elementary School in  Denison, about 60 miles north of Dallas, was hospitalized after she was hit by lightning while holding an umbrella and helping a student get to a parent's vehicle Thursday afternoon, according to Henry Scott, superintendent of the Denison Independent School District.

"She reached out to get the door handle, the lightning struck and it either came through the metal part of the umbrella, we don't know for sure, it affected her, it kind of knocked her backwards," Scott said Friday. The child wasn't hurt.

The teacher, whose name was not released, managed to return to the building and the principal called 911. She's expected to recover, Scott said.



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<![CDATA[Storm Damage in University Park]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:48:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/up+damage.jpg Severe storms rip through North Texas, causing damage in several areas, including University Park.

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<![CDATA[Storm Damage Gallery, Oct. 2, 2014]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:07:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/f59077d0f51343d5809c3b722c9991c7.JPG.jpg A severe thunderstorm blew through North Texas, Oct. 2, 2014, dropping rain and hail while leaving plenty of damage in it's wake.]]> <![CDATA[News Crews Slammed by Storm]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 21:59:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/news+crew+damage.jpg Warning: Foul Language An NBC 5 news crew covering the Ebola health threat captured this video of severe storms whipping through Dallas and tearing through the media tents outside Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

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<![CDATA[113,000 Remain Without Power Friday]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 22:00:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/utilty-crew-lines-trees.jpg

Severe storms that moved through North Texas left thousands without power Thursday and into Friday, causing several school districts to cancel classes.

As of 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oncor reports more than 113,000 North Texas electricity customers remain without service.

Here is the latest list of outages by county as of 9:30 p.m. Friday:

Dallas - 65,977
Tarrant - 46,755
Collin - 166
Denton - 177
Ellis - 115
Henderson - 11
Hill - 24
Hopkins - 431
Hunt - 127
Johnson - 50
Kaufman - 591
Lamar - 53
Navarro - 7
Rockwall - 1,423
Van Zandt - 89

Crews from Oklahoma, Alabama, North Carolina, Kansas, New Mexico, San Antonio, Austin and Houston are assisting in repairs.

Oncor estimates 95 percent of power will be restored by Sunday evening.

The outages forced schools to close in several districts in both Dallas and Tarrant counties.

NBC 5 Meteorologists warned of  thunderstorms Thursday that brought hail, heavy rain, lightning and high wind.

At the height of the storms, Oncor's storm center online showed more than 196,000 outages across North Texas, with Tarrant and Dallas counties reporting the most outages.  Oncor told NBC 5 this was one of the largest storms in its history.

Oncor asks anyone with a power outage to call 888-313-4747 or text "OUT" to 66267.


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<![CDATA[Despite Storms Denton County Farmers Toil With Dry Conditions]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:33:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dry+September+100214.jpg

A quick round of storms Thursday may have provided only temporary relief for farmers across the Metroplex as the on-going drought continues.

The National Weather Service says September will go down as the driest on record for the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

On average the area received only 0.06 inches of rain, breaking the previous record of 0.09 set in 1984, and hitting the lowest mark since records on the matter began in 1898.

The NWS also notes that there have been only 35 months in that time -- less than 3 percent -- that have registered as dry as this one.

The latest drought update published Thursday to the U.S. Drought Monitor shows all of North Texas in severe to exceptional drought.

The effects could be seen far and wide throughout Denton County Tuesday.

Lake levels remain exceptionally low including Lake Ray Roberts at nearly 7 feet below normal and Lake Lewisville fairing barely any better at 6.67 feet below.

Many farms throughout the county are feeling the sting as well.

As of Friday all of Denton County set in the severe to extreme drought range and most fields were again looking dry despite Thursday afternoon’s hour or so soaking.

Denton farmer Tommy Calvert said he's seen less than half the hay yields he'd normally have in a year with an extremely poor showing on his most recent bailing.

"In this one area right here you could have up to 20 bails, but right now we only have 3," said Calvert.

He said hay growth was only about a third of the size it normally is on his farm and grazing grass for his cattle has come in so poor he's already had to start feeding them some of his winter hay stock.

"I'm going to do whatever I have to do, is necessary to keep it viable, keep it operational," said Calvert who's farmed the land in south Denton since he was a boy; when his grandfather owned it.

However many have not been so lucky.

As a leader at the county Farm Bureau, Calvert has seen a lot of local farmers have to leave the profession in recent years, due heavily to the drought they've now suffered through since about 2010.

"I see people that are having to get out of the business that have been in it for a long, long time because they just can't stay when there's not enough water or there's not enough forage for their animals," he said. "How long can you lose money before you decide maybe the time has come?"

The effects will also likely be felt beyond the agriculture industry.

We've already seen raising beef prices in the past few months and as crops come in low experts expect more sticker shock for consumers as the drought goes on.

Calvert and the farm bureau have heard forecasts of a 7 year drought and expect farmers will have to weather the storm, or lack of storm for some time.

"The weather is definitely a huge, huge factor," he said adding that we're at Mother Nature's mercy on this one.

Calvert says the large, occasional rain events we’ve seen this summer are little help as much of the water simply floods the fields temporarily and never really soaks in deep.

He believes we won’t see real relief from the drought until we start getting consistent moisture.

When that will happen, again, is up to nature.



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<![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 2, 2014]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:11:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/6a_bus_stop_weather_100214_1200x675_336769603653.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnson brings the school day forecast that starts muggy, but with hot and humid weather storms are expected by the end of the school day. ]]> <![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Oct. 1]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:20:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bus_stop_6a_100114_1200x675_336158275713.jpg Children share their artwork depicting North Texas weather. NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnson's golf foursome.]]> <![CDATA[Meteorologist Grant Johnston Drops Weather Clicker]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:41:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/grant6.jpg Anything can happen on live TV. On Tuesday morning, "anything" happened to Meteorologist Grant Johnston during NBC 5 News at 5 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Sept. 30, 2014]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:36:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bus_stop_weather_6a_1200x675_335583811764.jpg Children share their artwork depicting North Texas weather. Willie Brown Elementary School first grader Victoria.]]> <![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Sept. 29, 2014]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:16:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bus_Stop_6a_092914_1200x675_334858819669.jpg Children share their artwork depicting North Texas weather. Willie Brown Elementary School first grader Reann.]]> <![CDATA[Hot Start to the Week]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:33:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/092814+Sunday+web7day.jpg Plan on a hot and dry start to the week. Temperatures will stay above average in the low 90s with sunshine through the middle of the week. Thursday is our transition day. A cold front will bring a 30% chance for showers and storms late in the day and cool our temperatures off into the low 80s by Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Dry and Warm Weather Continues]]> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 18:16:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/092714+Saturday+web7day.jpg Warm and dry weather will continue through Wednesday with highs in the low 90s. We made it up 88 degrees so far today and the average high is now 84. A cold front should arrive late Thursday/early Friday and bring a 30% chance for scattered showers and storms Thursday. There will be a low chance a few lingering showers early Friday morning.]]> <![CDATA[State Fair Fun and Weather]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:39:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/State_Fair_Set_up_5p_092614_1200x675_334053443769.jpg Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock shows all the fun at the opening day of the State Fair of Texas, plus provides a weather update.]]> <![CDATA['State Fair Romp' is Catchy Just Ask Finfrock]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:40:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DF+State+Fair+Romp+Stomp.jpg

In honor of the opening day of the State Fair of Texas, our media partners at The Dallas Morning News, along with Shoot Low Sheriff, have reworked the "State Fair Romp," a tune about the annual fair set to "The Yellow Rose of Texas."

We received the song on the fair's opening day, and when NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock arrived for work in his hat and denim, ready for his State Fair of Texas live shots, we played the tune for him.

What happened next has to be seen to be believed...

Finfrock's State Fair Romp Stomp isn't his first foray into dancing. We learned that he had moves in 2009 when a photo that we all believed was photoshopped was sent in to isee@nbcdfw.com.

We later learned Finfrock indeed stepped up to perform a Russian folk dance during Holly Potter-Harvey's wedding reception.

We can't wait to see what dance our Weather Expert will do next. Stay tuned, we'll be sure to post about it here on NBC 5.

Note: He's averaging one every five years, although we get treated to his dancing abilities at our company holiday party every year.



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<![CDATA[North Texans Close Summer at Area Lakes]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:46:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Summers-End-092114.jpg As summer comes to a close, North Texans spent the last full day of summer at area lakes soaking up the sun.

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<![CDATA[Plano Family Back Together After Hurricane Odile]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:31:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Odile+Reunion+091814.jpg

After days of being stranded in Baja California, Mexico, a Plano family was reunited at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport  Thursday.

Matt and Mitchell Hansen had traveled to La Paz in Mexico for a U18 USA Baseball tournament, only to be stuck on foreign soil when Hurricane Odile blew into town.

"When the hurricane happened, we saw the devastation immediately," said Matt Hansen, Mitchell's father. "But when all the cellphones and all the communications left, we couldn't even talk to people across town."

Their flights were canceled; their hotel sustained storm damage, including flooding and broken windows.

Some estimate that thousands of American tourists were left stranded by the storm.

The Hansens and fellow teammates made the trek to a Mexican military area, where some were able to secure a military transport plane to Tijuana, Mexico. From there, they were bused across the U.S.- Mexico border, eventually making their way to the airport in Los Angeles.

Teammate Trenton Clark was also on the flight home to DFW Airport, but without his parents.

He said they urged him to get the first available seat back to Texas.

"It was hard to leave my parents," Clark said.

"You just prayed for the best — that's what you did. I had faith we were going to get back and we would all get back together."

Meantime, the team had secured the gold medal at the COPABE 18U Pan American Championship on Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Sept. 16, 2014]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:21:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/busstop-091614_1200x675_329720387757.jpg Children share their artwork depicting North Texas weather. Willie Brown Elementary School first grader Marley.]]> <![CDATA[Extreme Weather Photos: Minnesota Snow]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:47:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BzDGTCdCEAALvZ8.jpg Take a look at some of the most extreme weather systems throughout the world.]]> <![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - Sept. 14, 2014]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:08:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/busstop_1200x675_329318979715.jpg Children share their artwork depicting North Texas weather. Willie Brown Elementary School first grader Julia.]]> <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Warming Up]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:22:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091414+Sunday+web7day.jpg Mostly cloudy skies will continue tonight into Monday. A weak disturbance will bring a low chance of a few showers Monday, 10-20%, with the best chance near and NW of the Metroplex. Better rain chances come Tuesday, around 40% with a low chance of rain Wednesday(20%) and Thursday as well(10%).]]> <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Warm Up Ahead]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:36:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091314+Saturday+5day+4cast.jpg We should stay dry for the rest of the weekend, but skies should remain mostly cloudy to overcast. The next decent chance for rain arrives Tuesday (40%) with a 20% chance for showers Wednesday.]]>