<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Weather News and Coverage]]> Copyright 2016 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 Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:14:35 -0600 Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:14:35 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Sunny & Milder Sunday]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:07:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Remeisha-Shade-2012.jpg

The weather pattern for DFW will remain pretty quiet and dry for the next several days.  Sunday will be sunny and warmer with temperatures climbing into the 60s.  Another weak cold front will move through North Texas Sunday evening, but will only shift the wind around and cool us down slightly for Monday.   There will be a big warming trend Tuesday through Thursday will temperatures in the 70s likely by Thursday!


  • TONIGHT:  Mostly clear, cool and dry.  Low: 37.  Wind: Var./S 5 mph.
  • SUNDAY:  Sunny and warmer.  High: 64.  Wind: SW shifting to the N late PM 5-15 mph.
  • MONDAY:  Sunny, cooler, and windy.  Low: 36.  High: 54.  Wind: NW 15-30 mph. Wind gusts up to 40 MPH possible.
  • TUESDAY:  Sunny and milder.  Low: 34.  High: 62.  Wind: W/NW 10 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY:  Sunny and mild.  Low: 41.  High: 68.  Wind:  S 5-10 mph.
  • THURSDAY: Sunny and warm.  Low: 45.  High: 75.  Wind: SW 10-15 mph.
  • FRIDAY:  Mostly sunny.  Low: 44.  High: 67.  Wind:  N 5-10 mph.
  • SATURDAY:  Pleasant & dry.  Low: 45.  High: 66.  Wind: E/SE 10 mph.

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<![CDATA[Breezy Weather Increases Wildfire Risk]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:59:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bastrop-wildfires.jpg

The nice, warm weekend will come with an increased risk for wildfires. The biggest concern is for West Texas, where breezy weather will make it easier to spark a wildfire.

National Weather Service maps detail the problems for the Panhandle and Southern Oklahoma just north of the Red River.

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell says the wildfire threat for North Texas will be elevated over the weekend, mainly west of Interstate 35.

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<![CDATA[Monday Flights Canceled Due to Winter Storm]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:25:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chicago-snow-AP190111645620.jpg

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are canceling more flights as the East Coast recovers from the massive weekend winter storm.

Officials at Fort Worth-based American Airlines updated their travel policy to include 42 airports, including hubs in Charlotte, Washington D.C., New  York City and Philadelphia.

Customers whose travel plans are affected by the storm can rebook without penalty.

"Email notifications have been sent to all of our impacted customers, informing them of the waiver. They will also receive another communication if their flight is cancelled," the airline said in a statement Thursday.

Customers whose flights are cancelled can request a refund or reschedule their travel on aa.com by retrieving their reservation. Customers may also contact American Airlines reservations at 1-800-433-7300 in the U.S. or Canada. Customers calling from outside the U.S. or Canada should check aa.com for our worldwide reservation phone numbers.

Across the country, airlines canceled more than 6,000 flights over the weekend, as the storm dumped more than two feet of snow in some locations.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines said service at 20 airports may be impacted by delays or cancellations.

Southwest customers who purchased their itinerary via southwest.com or the airline's mobile app are eligible to rebook. Customers traveling internationally must call 1-800-435-9792 to speak with a customer representative for assistance with rebooking. Customers who did not purchase a ticket via southwest.com or the airline's mobile app can call 1-800-435-9792 to speak with a customer representative.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely and Julie Fine contributed to this report.

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<![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[Tornado Damaged Storage Facility to Be Demolished]]> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 22:43:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/012415+GT+Storage+Garland.jpg

When the EF4 tornado barreled through Garland, it also destroyed a long time storage facility located near Interstate 30 and the President George Bush Turnpike.

GT Storage and Marina lost 320 units.

"Once everything is cleared off, we will rebuild," said Dennis Aldridge, GT Storage and Marina General Manager.

Sunday marked the final deadline for renters to collect their belongings.

"Some of this stuff maybe in Lake Ray Hubbard or in Rowlett," said Mark Payne. "It's extremely labor intensive. It's hard to find anything that's not damaged."

For 12 years, Payne rented three units. He spent the last three days sorting through storage items trapped beneath the debris.

"I'm just going to county my losses. I think it's God telling me to quit pack ratting stuff," Payne said.
GT Storage and Marina will reopen in July.

<![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Warmer For Sunday]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 20:01:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CZcgdNtVIAAGbg0.png Temperatures tonight will be chilly dipping into the 30s. Sunday will be breezy and much warmer with temperatures in the 60s returning. Another weak cold front arrives Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Tree Struck By Lightning in East Dallas]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:34:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lightning+tree-+%289%29.jpg Lightning struck a large tree in front of a Dallas home, splitting it into pieces and shattering windows.]]> <![CDATA[Oncor Crews Allowed to Return from Storm Response]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 21:21:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Oncor-Crews-012216.jpg

Oncor says approximately 100 employees and contractors who were heading East to help restore power after a powerful winter storm have been allowed to turn around to Texas.

The Oncor crews left Friday morning and were headed to North Carolina to help Duke Energy.

North Carolina had been expecting significant icing and up to a foot of snow, but Duke Energy revised its forecast, saying the storm was not going to have as big of an impact there as once predicted because it had moved farther north.

The Texas crews made it as far as Meridian, Mississippi, on Friday, where they plan to spend the night before returning home Saturday.

Oncor is part of a mutual assistance program that allows for the sharing of resources and manpower during a natural disaster.

"We have strong relationships with utilities throughout the United States," Oncor Vice President of Distribution Operations Keith Hull said. "It's rewarding to be able to help our mutual assistance partners in their time of need in the same way they help us."

Extremely heavy snow and 50 mph gusts is still expected to reduce visibility to zero, topple trees and cause power outages in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.

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<![CDATA[Thunderstorms Bring Rain, Hail to North Texas ]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:59:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/19ba52fc076d413d920bc2c4dbe2c7e4.jpg

The powerful winter storm that will impact the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern U.S. over the next few days brought thunderstorms that dropped rain and hail on North Texas Thursday morning.

Rain started around 8 a.m. as drizzle but changed over to rain as thunderstorms packed with lightning and pea-sized hail moved through the area.

The rain slowly tapered off leaving North Texas under a blanket of clouds with strong wind and colder temperatures.

Sun returns Friday and the weekend looks nice, while the East Coast will be dealing with freezing temperatures and record snowfall.

NBC 5's Weather Experts contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Lightning Strikes Tree, Shatters Windows in Dallas]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 16:36:38 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tree-11.jpg

A lightning strike has taken out a large tree in East Dallas, even shattering the windows of a nearby home.

The massive tree was hit at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the front yard of a house in the 5200 Enchanted Lane, near Samuell Boulevard.

The homeowner said it sounded like an explosion, then all of the front windows of his home shattered.

"I heard lightning and a big boom. It sounded like an explosion," said homeowner Alonso Guereca. "I came outside and I found this tree in the middle of the road by my house. It shattered all my front windows. It was pretty loud. I was scared.

The tree split into several pieces.

Guereca called 311 and city crews cut and cleared the tree within 30 minutes.

No one was injured.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News
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<![CDATA[Hail, Sleet Photos: Jan. 21, 2016]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:43:15 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sleet4.JPG A Greenville Fire-Rescue truck crashed into a Farmersville Dairy Queen on Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Saturday Snow Day for Some North Texans]]> Sat, 16 Jan 2016 18:25:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gainesville_Snow_Jan_16.jpg

With temperatures dipping into the low 30's for parts of North Texas, Saturday turned into a snow day for some.

"We went to get our nails done, but it turned out to be a bad day, since it's snowing," said 7-year-old Kimber Simmons.

"It was 70 degrees here yesterday, and we got snow today," Simmons said.


Shelly Hughes and his co-workers at Amelia's Attic couldn't stop looking out the window, thrilled to see snow that was other than the kind from holiday decorations.

"Ever since I was a kid, I always looked forward to the snow," Hughes said. "Some years we'd get quite a bit of it here in North Texas. Some years we don't. But I think it's pretty. I enjoy it."

But true to Texas form, the snow was gone soon after it came. There was no accumulation on the roads, or even the grass - the perfect kind of snow storm.


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<![CDATA[Snow and Cotton 011116]]> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:12:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cotton+011116.jpg As residents deal with the damage caused by December's winter storm, KLBK-TV's Robin Deehan reports cotton farmers are benefiting from all the moisture from the snowfall.

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<![CDATA[Tornado Debris Removal Begins in Garland]]> Mon, 04 Jan 2016 18:31:41 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Garland+Debris+010116.jpg

The cities of Garland and Rowlett will take an important step toward recovery this week as students return to class and debris cleanup begins.

The City of Garland says tornado debris removal will begin Monday.


True North Emergency Management will monitor and manage the removal of storm debris from public property and public right-of-ways. No commercial debris or hazardous waste will be removed by the city.

The city says because of the area may receive major disaster declaration, the debris removal will be done by FEMA's guidelines so that it'll be eligible for FEMA reimbursement.


The city has key things they want residents to know about the debris removal:

  • This process will take about 10 weeks, with the first round of pickup expected to last about 3 to 4 weeks. Residents should not panic if they can’t have all their stuff ready for the first round.
  • Residents must put their debris on the street curbline, contractors can’t come onto private property.
  • The contractors are ONLY picking up storm-related debris, not household waste, etc.
  • If the homeowner has engaged a contractor for demolition or repairs, that debris must be removed by the homeowner’s contractor, not the City’s. That’s a FEMA rule.

The city asks that debris is placed outside of travel lanes and drainage ditches and away from obstacles such as mail boxes and fire hydrants.


On Tuesday, some students in the Garland ISD may need to pick up their buses at temporary bus stops. Below is a map showing bus stop locations, as of Jan. 3:



For questions related to debris removal, call 972-205-3366 or email ewscustomerservice@garlandtx.gov


More: Garland Storm Debris Removal, Trash Pickup Update

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<![CDATA[Raw Video: Cruz, Paxton Speak at Rowlett News Conference]]> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:38:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cruz-Paxton-123015.jpg GOP Presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke at a news conference following a tour of tornado damage in Rowlett.]]> <![CDATA[Rangers Round Up Cattle After Blizzard]]> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:37:32 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Blizzard_Cattle_KAMC_122915_1200x675_593253443901.jpg Ranchers herd cattle that got out of their pastures after this weekend's blizzard in Lubbock.]]> <![CDATA[TxDOT Working to Clear Lubbock Roads]]> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:27:41 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-12-29-20h26m31s192.jpg Texas Department of Transportation crews from Dallas and Paris are working hard to clear the roads in Lubbock after the weekeng blizzard.

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<![CDATA[Video Shows Deadly Garland-Rowlett Tornado Forming]]> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:41:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hubbard-Power-Plant-122915.jpg

New video shows the forming of the deadly tornado that tore through Garland and Rowlett, Texas, on Saturday.

Security cameras at a Luminant power plant near Lake Ray Hubbard shows the tornado forming as it approaches Garland as an EF4.

The video shows the storm building in intensity in the top right corner of the screen. Then the tornado begins to clearly form, and four seconds later the funnel forms and appears to connect with the ground. Seconds after that, the first of many power flashes can be seen.

The tornado grows in size, and it is illuminated by lightning strikes and power flashes as the twister hits transformers. Eventually the tornado moves northeast out of the line of sight of the camera.

The National Weather Service said the tornado, which produced EF4 damage in Garland and EF3 damage in Rowlett, was on the ground for approximately 13 miles in Dallas and Rockwall Counties.

The tornado caused eight deaths, most near the intersection of Interstate 30 and the President George Bush Turnpike.

The Lake Hubbard power plant is not far from the Garland neighborhoods along Bobtown Road that were heavily damaged.

Nine tornadoes and 11 fatalities have been confirmed from the afternoon and evening of Saturday, Dec. 26.

Photo Credit: Luminant]]>
<![CDATA[Snow Makes Morning Commute Treacherous in Weatherford]]> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:14:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/weatherford-snow-122815.jpg When snow moved into parts of North Texas on Monday morning, Weatherford was one of the hardest hit communities. One to two inches of snow made the morning commute treacherous.

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<![CDATA[Sheriff's Office Dispatcher Among Those Killed in Storms]]> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 15:53:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lashondra-whitaker.jpg

The Collin County Sheriff's Office says a dispatcher was killed in Saturday's outbreak of deadly tornadoes.

LaShondra "Shon" Whitaker only recently joined the sheriff's department in August, but had quickly earned the respect and friendship of her fellow dispatchers, officials with the sheriff's department said.

"We offer our condolences to the family and friends of all the victims of the tornadoes on Dec. 26," the department said in a statement on their Facebook page.

Whitaker was killed in Garland near Interstate 30 and Texas 190.

According to The Dallas Morning News, Whitaker was 32 and had previously worked for the Dallas County Sheriff's office.

Photo Credit: Collin County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Everyone in Garland Accounted For After Deadly Twister]]> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 16:22:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Garland+Apts+122815.jpg

Garland police say they have gotten in touch with everyone reported missing following Saturday's EF4 tornado. Initially the city received 50 to 60 calls from people following the storm to report loved ones whose whereabouts were unknown.

As of Wednesday, police said everyone has been located and all cases haveb een closed.

Texas Task Force 2 completed searches of 853 affected buildings Sunday evening in Garland and found no additional victims. At this time, there are no addition plans for Task Force 2 to research any affected areas, however, that does not mean it won't.

Bates said local teams will be able to search areas again if deemed necessary.

Earlier, NBC 5 reported that a Garland mother has not been able to reach her son since Saturday.

Juffure Johnson said 20-year-old old Tonka Johnson did not show up for work Sunday after leaving work Saturday at about 5 p.m.

Tonka Johnson often stays with a roommate at a Garland apartment complex that sustained major damage, according to his mother.

Since that earlier report, Garland police tell NBC 5 they no longer consider Tonka Johnson unaccounted for as related to the storm. A detective was able to make contact with someone who said she saw him Sunday.

As of Tuesday, Juffure Johnson told NBC 5 she had heard from her son who decided to stay at a different apartment complex and decided to wait out the storm there. He said he didn't know his mother was looking for him.

Meanwhile, residents are being allowed to return home through neighborhood checkpoints in other hard-hit areas. Some remain closed to the public.

The eight people killed as the tornado cut through Garland Saturday all died in cars on the freeway, officials said Monday.

In all, more than 600 structures were damaged in the city. A more specific damage estimate has not yet been provided.

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<![CDATA[EF-3 Tornado Damage Found in Ellis County]]> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 18:05:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ovilla-damage-david-finfrock.jpg

The National Weather Service office in Fort Worth reports Monday EF-3 damage has been found in northern Ellis County.

The NWS made the announcement Monday morning, saying the latest finding brings the total number of tornadoes recorded on Dec. 26 to nine.

The yearly total for 2015 is now at 73, which ties 1994 for the most in one year since 1950.

The EF-3 damage was found in a residential area near County Road 1387 and Bob White Road east of Midlothian, NWS officials said. They are not yet sure if the damage found Monday is part of the same path as the Ovilla tornado. NWS crews are still evaluating the path of that storm.

Ellis County Emergency Management Agency previously reported about 40 homes were damaged or destroyed in the area. Two people were transported to hospitals with injuries that were not life threatening and several others were treated on the street for minor injuries, officials said.

At least 30 homes were estimated to be damaged near Farm-to-Market Road 664 near Ovilla.

Red Oak Independent School District officials said Donald T. Shields Elementary was damaged during the storm. No other campuses were affected, and no one was injured.

Damage estimates have not yet been provided.

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<![CDATA[Firefighter's Account of Garland Tornado]]> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 23:58:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/202*120/Garland-Tornado-Damage-Saturday-Night.jpg

Some first responders in Garland say they have never dealt with an EF4 tornado and the destruction that comes with it.

On Saturday, hundreds of people were in need of help all at the same time after it tore through parts of the city.

Capt. Alan See is a Garland firefighter and was one of the first responders on scene.

“I’ve been here 31 years and this is the worst area of devastation that I’ve ever seen,” said See. “We were like the second unit into the area. The call we were sent on we never actually got to. We didn’t have a way to get to it."

"We went in to the process of trying to find a back road way to get to the call they sent us on, [but] stumbled upon another situation," See said.

Firefighters said they were stopped due to debris blocking the road, including power lines.

"Then people flagged us down and there was a gentleman that had been buried under debris, fairly well injured and we got him out. We carried him out on a door we found,” See said.

Garland police say the search and rescue effort concluded at about 7 p.m. Sunday night . Authorities tell NBCDFW they are no longer looking for any more victims from the storm.

<![CDATA[Parts of North Texas Under Winter Weather Advisory]]> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:30:38 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snow-122815.gif

Much of North Texas is under a Winter Weather Advisory Monday morning.

The advisory is in effect for Erath, Hamilton, Hood, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker and Wise counties as a wintry mix and snow move into the area. Temperatures will hold above freezing, but roads could be slick until about 8 a.m

Power Outages

As of 5 a.m., nearly 9,000 North Texas residents were without power.

Dallas and Rockwall counties reported the most outages, with 4,245 and 4,065 respectively. More than 400 outages were reported in Ellis County, 158 in Tarrant County and 54 in Collin County.


Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport officials advised all passengers with Monday morning departures to check their flight status before heading to the airport.

"Passengers with confirmed flights are advised to arrive early at the airport and to be prepared for the possibility of delays," D/FW Airport spokesman David Magaña said.

As of 8 a.m., 112 departures and 151 arrivals had been canceled at D/FW Airport. Nearly 30 departures and 38 arrivals were listed as delayed.

At Dallas Love Field, nine departures and 12 arrivals were canceled. Seven departures and two arrivals were delayed.

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<![CDATA[Tornado Leaves 3 Dead in Collin County]]> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 16:44:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Collin_County_Tornado_Search.png

Three people died when storms rolled through Collin County Saturday evening, including an infant near Blue Ridge.

Neighbor Debralee King told NBC DFW she went outside to check on her horses just after the storm passed and found her neighbor outside screaming.

"He was frantic, because his wife was still trapped at the end of the house inside," she said. "He was running across the road with his baby saying, 'Please help me, take her to the hospital.' He was hysterical."

King held the baby while another neighbor drove them towards Blue Ridge.

"We ended up on County Road 981 and the Game Warden is who we finally flagged down," said King. The Game Warden called paramedics who arrived shortly after.

The baby, only days old, did not survive.

"I was holding her little fingers," King said. "When they're little they like to curl their little fingers around you. Her little hand was cold."

King said she was surprised to see how the home sustained.

"In the dark I had no idea their home was like that, that's just pitiful," King said.

The father was hospitalized in critical condition, according to Lane. King said he and the baby's mother suffered broken bones.

"They are a wonderful family," King said. "They have the most wonderful kids."

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth said the tornado that hit Blue Ridge has been rated as an EF0.

Farther south in the Collin County town of Copeville, two adults died when an EF2 rolled through the town. Homes were damaged along with a gas station, day care and feed store.

Crews spent much of the day assessing the damage. Early reports indicate 51 structures sustained major damage — 15 sustained moderate damage and 25 sustained minor damage — according to Lane.

Officials are still trying to determine how many of the structures were homes as opposed to barns, sheds and outbuildings.

Collin County Judge Keith Self declared a State of Emergency for the county Sunday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Evacuations Around Damaged Water Tower in Rowlett]]> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:50:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Rowlett_Damage_Mayor_Todd_Gottel.png

A total of 446 homes in Rowlett were hit by Saturday's EF3 tornado, leaving more than 100 destroyed.

Officials said 101 homes were destroyed, 83 structures were severely damaged and 142 had minor damage. The number of homes damaged was expected to increase as city leaders continued inspections.

Officials said the tornado remained on the ground for four miles as it swept through the eastern side of Rowlett.

"It stayed on the ground, pretty much, until it moved all the way through Rowlett," Rowlett City Manager Brian Funderburk said.

A 24-hour curfew remained in effect for areas most damaged. Only residents and emergency crews were allowed to enter the damage zone.

Engineers were concerned about possible structural damage to the Martha Water tower. The tower was drained to allow for further inspection, and homes within a football field radius of the tower were evacuated.

"We may have some structural damage," said Funderburk. "It is one of our older water towers. Right now we're draining it as a precaution."

City officials said Tuesday that engineers completed an inspection and the water tower will be stabilized with guywires. The 200-foot evacuation radius will remain in effect until a repair or replacement decision is made later in the week.

Despite the damage, no fatalities were reported. At least 23 people were injured.

Photo Credit: Rowlett Mayor Todd Gottel]]>
<![CDATA[Hail Falls on North Texas - December 27, 2015]]> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 17:21:01 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/9586a8de82f34af2ad3d6c555b40bd5a.jpg NBC DFW viewers shared photos of hail that fell on North Texas on Sunday, December 27, 2015.

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<![CDATA[North Texans Step Up to Help Tornado Victims ]]> Tue, 29 Dec 2015 13:25:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tornados-13.jpg

When tragedy strikes North Texans want to know how they can help, and so far they have been coming through.

The city of Garland has created a clearing house for volunteers and residents. Individuals or groups who want to volunteer in the recovery effort, register online at GarlandTX.Recovers.org. Through the website, residents in need can also connect with volunteers who can help meet their needs.

So many people in Garland have already donated items, the city tweeted it couldn't accept anymore donations at its three school drop-off locations.

Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Garland will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, to pass out  donations. The church collected clothing (for men, women and children), blankets, bottled water, toiletries and towels and will give them out those affected by the tornado.

VFW 5076 at 2180 Meridian Way in Garland is collecting donations for storm victims. The group is looking for tarps, work gloves, generators, packaged underwear and socks as well as non-perishable food. For more information, contact Ed Clinebell at edclinebell@yahoo.com.

In Rowlett, Cornerstone Assembly of God Church at 8200 Schrade Road canceled Sunday services to help tornado victims. The church is calling for blankets, cots, batteries, phone chargers, snacks, bottled water, ice, food, etc. The church points out that roads are closed Sunday, but hope that roads will be open Monday for donations to be delivered. The church is sending updates through a special page on its website.

First Rowlett United Methodist Church said it stopped collecting donations at 4 p.m. but said via Facebook it will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday.

The town of Flower Mound is collecting gift cards at all fire stations as well as at the police and courts building, library, community activity center and town hall through Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. Flower Mound's police and fire personnel have been helping with search and rescue efforts and staffing the Glenn Heights Emergency Operations Center.

And there have already been stories about businesses stepping up to help. American Airlines pledged $100,000 to the local American Red Cross chapter.

24 Hour Fitness in Rockwall opened its doors to tornado victims.

Legacy ER & Urgent care has set up donation boxes at its seven North Texas locations to collect canned good, bottles water, baby supplies, jackets, winter gloves, hats, toiletries, sanitizers, toys and pet food. Once all donations boxes have been filled they will be delivered to local pantries and charities directly assisting tornado victims.

PepsiCo delivered a truck load of water to Lakeview Centennial High School Sunday.

Terilli's restaurant on Greenville Avenue in Dallas is stepping up to help, accepting donations of canned good, clothing and blankets that will be delivered to the Salvation Army.

Anyone interested in helping the storm victims is asked to make a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at http://www.redcross.org or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.

The Salvation Army is also helping with Texas tornado relief. Donations can be made by texting STORM to 51555 or by visiting the Salvation Army's Texas Flood & Tornado Relief website at Donate.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

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<![CDATA[Brian James Explains Storm Chasing at Night]]> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 13:09:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Brian_James_TTT_Power_Flashes_1200x675_592092227507.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Brian James was in the Texas Thunder Truck and captured power flashes that illuminated the tornado near Ovilla Saturday night.]]> <![CDATA[American Airlines Pledges $100,000 in Tornado Aid]]> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 12:44:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_357687585868.jpg

Fort Worth-based American Airlines has stepped up to help victims of the deadly tornadoes that tore through North Texas Saturday.

American Airlines pledged an immediate $100,000 to the local chapter of the American Red Cross to help tornado victims after an EF4 tornado caused severe damage in Garland an a slightly weaker tornado hit Rowlett.

The severe storms that caused the tornadoes killed 11 people Saturday afternoon.

American said customers who make donations via AA.com/RedCross "will be awarded AAdvantage miles for their generosity."

"The tornadoes that hit North Texas during the holiday weekend caused significant damage and impacted thousands of lives," said Joe Taney, American’s vice president – DFW Hub Operations, via email. "American and its employees stand ready to assist in the recovery efforts and we encourage our customers to join us by donating to the Red Cross."

Taney also thanked American Airlines' 25,000 employees in the Dallas-Fort Worth area who worked through the holidays and severe weather.

More: AA.com/RedCross

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Chopper 5 Surveys December Tornado Damage ]]> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 17:22:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Chopper+Rowlett+122715+01+.jpg Chopper 5 surveyed the damage in Garland and Rowlett along both sides of the Lake Ray Hubbard.

Photo Credit: Chopper 5]]>
<![CDATA[Drivers Help Victims of Garland Tornado Aftermath]]> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 15:43:17 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/c993a0186a894ae294cc51e0ed33adbd.jpg

Eight people have been confirmed dead after tornadoes roared through North Texas Saturday evening, with five deaths occurring near the intersection of Interstate 30 and the President George Bush Turnpike in Garland.

At least three people were found dead inside vehicles, said Barineau, who also noted that some cars appeared to be thrown from the interstate, though it wasn't known whether that was the case for the people found in the vehicles.

"The confirmed tornado really hit us hard here in the southeast part of Garland," said Mike Hatfield, Garland police spokesman.

The tornado ripped through the city limits near Sunnyvale and moved northeast, through the intersection, and into Rowlett.

Some of the first people to arrive at the scene of the devastation were left shocked.

"It was terrifying," said Randy Gore, who drove up to the scene just after the tornado hit the intersection. "It was heartbreaking, especially being the day after Christmas."

Many drivers stopped their vehicles to help first responders. "That was our main focus, helping getting them out," said Lamont Shrimp, who stopped to help peopled pinned and trapped in damaged vehicles. "Getting IV's in them, just keeping them warm, talking to them, making sure there's some support for them."

The American Red Cross launched a region-wide response to the storms. Anyone interested in helping victims left injured or effected by the storms can make a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at http://www.redcross.org or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.

NBC 5's Johnny Archer contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: John Bryant]]>
<![CDATA[Viewer Videos: Tornadoes in North Texas]]> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 06:19:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rowlett-thumb-for-video-pg-.jpg

NBC 5 viewers shared videos of tornadoes as they roared through North Texas on Saturday, December 26, 2015.

WARNING: The videos are unedited and uncensored.

May 26th 2015 Garland Tornado
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Tornado in Rowlett
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Telico Tornado
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Tornado Hits Rockwall and Rowlett
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Tornado From Rockwall
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Garland Tornado
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Rowlett Tornado
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Lake Ray Hubbard Tornado
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<![CDATA[Tornado Damage - December 26, 2015]]> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 18:37:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/7ccc32b99d6c4439b5dc1a853c12fb59.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos of damage after tornadoes moved through North Texas on December 26, 2015.

Photo Credit: Anthony Sisneros]]>
<![CDATA[Your Tornado Photos - December 26, 2015]]> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 06:32:00 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tornado-thumb-122615.jpg NBC 5 Viewers shared photos of tornadoes on December 26, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Weekend Weather May Affect Plans]]> Thu, 24 Dec 2015 18:30:22 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Flooding_generic_Holiday_Travel1.jpg

Unseasonably warm weather will continue through Christmas, but be ready for some heavy rain this weekend.

TxDot and the NTTA are closely watching the conditions for the weekend, especially as rainfall totals were expected to likely reach three to five inches across the region.

According to NTTA spokesman Michael Rey, road crews were alerted to be on standby Sunday.

Families traveling for the holidays are already planning ahead.

"If we do run into really bad weather, we're not urgently in need to get back home," said David Liller. He and his family are in the middle of a Texas road trip from Michigan.

"If one of our routes of the state take us through a low area that maybe impacted by rain, we'll stay in Texas longer," Liller said.

Officials with Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie were also watching the forecast closely as officials expected big crowds through the next week.

"We'll judge it and assess it day by day. Public safety is number one," said Beverly Grogan, community events coordinator at the City of Grand Prairie. "We feel like this weekend's forecast absolutely poses no danger and we plan to be open every day through Jan. 3."

<![CDATA[Coppell Yard Covered in Snow]]> Thu, 24 Dec 2015 07:07:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Coppell+Snow.jpg It's hard to believe, but it looks like Santa will find some snow on his trip to North Texas. Austin Kellerman shot this video on Edmonson Drive in Coppell. Of course, it has to be man-made snow, because North Texas hasn't had the weather for it.

Photo Credit: Austin Kellerman]]>
<![CDATA[Warm Weather Doesn't Stop Panther Island Ice Guests]]> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 17:35:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/panther+island+ice+skating.jpg

It’s warm in North Texas, but that’s not stopping people from enjoying winter activities.

During the month of December, people in Fort Worth have been able to enjoy outdoor ice skating in 70 degree weather,

That’s because at Panther Island Ice's outdoor skating rink no matter the weather is like, the ice is always cold.

The rink is equipped with a 200-ton chiller that runs cooling liquid through pipes housed directly under the ice.

These last couple of weeks the chiller has been working overtime to keep the ice from melting.

"You know 60 and below is usually what works, but we’ve been handling the ice okay,” said Shanna Cate, programming and developing manager. “We are hoping it will get a little cooler to make for a more authentic winter experience.”

The ice is a bit wet in certain places, but that hasn’t stopped them from enjoying a real-life winter experience.

Cate said the rink broke ticket sales record last weekend.

Panther Island is open seven days a week, even on holidays, through January 18.

ONLINE: pantherislandice.com

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[What is a Gravity Wave?]]> Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:12:31 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-12-15-18h10m40s78.jpg NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell explains the weather phenomenon known as a "gravity wave."]]> <![CDATA[Two EF2 Tornadoes in East Texas on Saturday: NWS]]> Sun, 13 Dec 2015 23:46:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lindale+Damage+121315.jpg

The National Weather Service confirmed at least two tornadoes tore through East Texas on Saturday afternoon.

NWS meteorologists surveyed damage and said that an EF2 tornado tore through the town of Lindale.

"I would say totally unexpected. It was just a pop up situation, we weren't expecting that. You normally don't expect tornadoes in December," said Lindale Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jerry Garner.

Wesley Burke was outside packing his car up to leave his parents' home when the twister hit.

"Shingles were flying in the air, and that's when I realized, 'OK, this is a tornado,'" said Burke. "So we ran to the bathroom and I shut the front door behind us and as we were going to the bathroom, the front door blew open."

Winds of 120 mph snapped trees like toothpicks. While the tornado lasted only three minutes, it was on the ground for a little less than two miles — long enough to cause a lot of damage.

"A lot of people were at home at the time. And so it's just a blessing that no one was hurt," said Smith County Fire Marshal Connie Wasson.

Garner estimated four or five homes were destroyed and 35 to 40 homes sustained damage, ranging from structural damage to lost shingles.

Support from the community was immediate after the storm, as heavy rain fell.

"We were here 'til about 2 o' clock in the morning tarping all the houses on the other neighborhood," said Paul Johnson, who owns a roofing and construction business. "There was too much debris in this neighborhood for us, the police wouldn't let us in. So then we were back out here this morning with about six guys and started tarping."

Ervie Warren lost his roof and fence, but like most of his neighors, he's thankful there were no injuries.

"I don't worry about the material things, it's the fact that no one got hurt, and we can always get something replaced," said Warren.

"Well it is a miracle that no one was hurt yes, I can't emphasize enough how grateful we are that no one sustained any injuries," said Garner.

Less than an hour later, the NWS said another EF2 tornado hit north of Lindale near the Franklin County town of Purley.

The tornado's path was more than five miles long and 775 yards wide. The twister, with peak winds of 115-125 mph, was on the ground for 10 minutes.

Two people were inside a mobile home that was badly damaged according to Franklin County Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Chris Mars. There was no word on their conditions.

The NWS survey team found four mobile homes were destroyed and more than 20 structures were damaged -- four had major damage.

Lindale is nearly 90 miles southeast of Dallas, while Purley is 105 miles northeast of Dallas.

Photo Credit: NBC News]]>
<![CDATA[New Video: Deputy Tries to Save Woman From Flooding]]> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 17:31:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Raw+Rescue+Salazar.jpg

For the first time, NBC DFW is hearing the voice of a local deputy moments before she was washed away in rising floodwaters.

The Tarrant County Sheriff's Office released 911 calls and dash-cam video Tuesday that shows Tarrant County Deputy Krystal Salazar's heroic efforts to save a 76-year-old woman, who was drowning in her car.

When floodwaters washed Zenola Jenkins' car off a far South Fort Worth bridge early Friday morning, water immediately flooded her car.

Family members say Jenkins called her daughter Diana a total of three times -- by the end, the water was up to her neck, and family members say Jenkins was scared and telling her daughter how much she loved her.

Jenkins was just one mile from home when flood waters washed her car off the Oak Grove Road South bridge over Deer Creek. She had finished up working at Ross Dress For Less, where the 76-year-old still worked 40 hour weeks.

"She was very young at heart," said son-in-law Dale Rhodes. "She loved to work, she still worked 40 hours a week. She loved being around her co-workers, she loved the outdoors. She still took us camping."

When Jenkins called her daughter about being washed off the bridge, Diana and her husband Dale Rhodes headed to the scene. Rhodes, a retired police officer from Ohio, called 911.

1st Dispatcher: "The female in the car, have you made contact with her?"
Dale Rhodes: "Yeah"
1st Dispatcher: "She's okay?"
Dale Rhodes: "As far as we can tell"
2nd Dispatcher: "I believe it's his mother-in-law, is that your mother in law?"
Dale Rhodes: "Correct"
Dispatcher: "And sir, you have your mother-in-law on the phone?"
Rhodes: "Yes. Correct"

That's about when Deputy Krystal Salazar arrived. Rhodes said they immediately told her the water was up to Jenkins' neck and the cell phone call had been disconnected.

Salazar was all by herself; it was dark, but she knew this woman's life hung in the balance.

"The water is over the bridge. I may not be able to get closer. Requesting EMS," said Salazar before wading into the water.

The dashcam video shows Salazar walking into the water, along with son-in-law Dale Rhodes. In the foreground, Jenkins' daughter Diana nervously paces back and forth.

Meanwhile, dispatchers are trying to get more rescuers to the scene:

"I have a deputy out with an elderly female, well, an older woman, that is trapped in a vehicle. The water is very high. I have a deputy there, they want to know if maybe you goes can assist us, it's over the bridge."

"She’s requesting EMS. I’m not really sure why. I just know that we know there’s a woman trapped in a vehicle and the water is over the bridge."

"I believe she’s a bit confused out there and they want the Fire Department to help, if you can. 11-thousand block of Oak Grove Road South. There’s a woman trapped in her vehicle and the water is over the bridge."

Deputy Salazar loses her footing, as the current is just too strong over the bridge. She's in waist-deep water and tries in vain for a few seconds to swim against the current. But the water lifts her over the guardrail and she disappears.

Dale Rhodes also is carried away, but he's able to cling to the guardrail.

Later, the video shows other emergency responders using flashlights to try and locate Salazar, as they carefully escort Rhodes back to safety.

Then, a deputy makes a breathless call over the radio: "Advise the fire-rescue we need to expedite! Expedite! We've got a deputy here that's in the water!"

Krystal Salazar survived by desperately clinging to a downstream tree, fighting for her life. She was all alone out in the darkness for two hours.

Then, a swift water rescue team is able to save her.

Lt. Gene Payne over radio: "Be advised that Charlie 41 located. En route to JPS hospital"

"She's in good condition. Just headed to the hospital to be checked."

Dale Rhodes told NBC DFW the entire family appreciates what Deputy Salazar did to try and save Zenola Jenkins.

They hope to meet with her in the next few days so they can thank her in person for her heroism.

Jenkins' funeral will be on Saturday.

Photo Credit: Tarrant County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Rising Lakes Again Force Closures in Denton County]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:04:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/shady2.JPG

For the second time this year, several Denton County residents are looking for alternate ways to get around as flooding cuts off their usual routes.

Shady Shores Road just south of Denton was closed for months this spring and summer, and is now shut down again with water flooding the street in three spots.

Just like in the spring, it’s because Lewisville Lake is again swollen above its normal capacity.

As of Monday afternoon, the lake was seven feet above conservation pools according to the Army Corps of Engineers website.

County Emergency Management Coordinator Jody Gonzalez said that prompted closures to a few roads, including Shady Shores and some in the Highway 380 corridor.

Gonzalez said the flash flood threat has now shrunk to a minimum as the lake level issue takes center stage.

Lake Ray Roberts is also registering at about five feet above conservation and Lake Grapevine is coming in 14 feet high, that lake rising about 19 feet in just the past few days.

Several parks have also taken on water prompting partial closures of grounds and boat ramps again.

In Little Elm, the new beach park leaders who worked all summer to clean up have again taken on large amounts of water in the area.

Though few are using the lake at this time, several people flocked to the area Monday to take a look at the flooding.

Residents near Shady Shores Road like Larry Byers said they’re just glad that this time the water there didn’t reach homes, though many of their commutes have doubled thanks to the re-flooding on the Shady Shores Drive.

“Just have to deal with it for now,” said Byers. “Hopefully in a couple weeks we’ll get back to normal.”

It could take some time for that damage to be undone.

Gonzalez said because we are again dealing with swollen lakes, he believes it may be three weeks or so before some of those roads reopen.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>