<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Weather News and Coverage]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Mon, 04 May 2015 11:05:22 -0500 Mon, 04 May 2015 11:05:22 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Wet Weather Coming]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 07:14:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Grant+Johnston+Formal.jpg

Soaking, beneficial rain will return to North Texas this week; the lowest chance of rain will be Monday.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely Tuesday and Wednesday with the chance of rain extending into the weekend.

Rain totals could be quite impressive before all is said and done. Anywhere from 1 to 3 inches is possible in DFW, with some totals exceeding four inches to the west.

The severe weather risk looks minimal for the short-term. There could be some stronger storms heading into the weekend.

7 DAY FORECAST

TODAY: Partly cloudy, warm and breezy with a 20 percent chance of rain this afternoon. High: 82. Wind: S 10-20 mph.

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain. Low: 65. Wind: SE 10-15 mph.

TUESDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy, breezy, warm, and humid with a 60 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms. Low: 65. High: 81. Wind: SE 10-20 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 70 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms. Low: 66. High: 81. Wind: SE 15-20 mph.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for thunderstorms. Low: 66. High: 80. Wind: SE 10-20 mph.

FRIDAY: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance for thunderstorms. Low: 68. High: 82. Wind: SE 10-15 mph.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and storms. Low: 68. High: 82. Wind: SE 10-15 mph.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with a 60 percent chance of showers and storms. Low: 68. High: 78. Wind: SE 5-15 mph.



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<![CDATA[NTX Lakes Near Full; Drought Easing]]> Fri, 01 May 2015 18:04:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lake+Fisherman+050115.jpg

A rainy spring has made a major dent in the on-going North Texas Drought.

According to the latest data published by the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex still ranges from abnormally dry to severe drought, but conditions have drastically improved in the last 2 months when the majority of the area was in the severe to extreme range.

North Texas farm experts in Denton County said it will take consistent rain at the right times to pull us out of the drought completely, and the past 2 months seem to be a good start.

Forecasters tell the Associated Press that the area experienced 200% more rain than usual for March and April of this year. The National Weather Service estimates the first 4 months of 2015 have been the 5th wettest since 1895 and the wettest since 1997, and they expect the El Nino weather trend to continue through the winter.

The biggest effect so far seems to be on area lakes.

The Texas Water Development Board reports nearly all North Texas Lakes now at 90-100% capacity with some like Lewisville Lake now above conservation pool capacities and the Army Corps of Engineers actually having to release some water.

Lake Ray Roberts in Denton County sits only about 4-5 inches away from full capacity; the first time in years.

Cory Williams, a manager at the Lake Ray Roberts Marina said it’s been a confidence builder for boaters and has increased his business big time for the early season.

“When the level's up here, it's just so much more stress free,” said Williams. “You're not having to worry about what you might hit, any sort of rocks, damage. Business has been great."

In just the past three months Williams and his crew have watched Ray Roberts raise by close to 8 feet. He’s hopeful it continues the upward trend.



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<![CDATA[Air Quality Worsened in DFW: American Lung Assoc.]]> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:57:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Skyline+air+quality.jpg

A report released Wednesday by the American Lung Association shows ozone levels worsened in Dallas-Fort Worth. The metroplex is now ranked as the 7th most polluted city in the nation when it comes to ozone.

Analyzing data collected between 2011-2014, the American Lung Association released it's 'State of the Air 2015' report, which graded Dallas-Fort Worth with an "F" in ozone.

"It's very bad," said American Lung Association in Texas Executive Director Jeff Miracle, "it rates us as the 7th worse city in the country for ozone behind five cities in California and Houston at number six."

According to the American Lung Association, Ozone is the most widespread air pollutant, created by the reaction of sunlight on emissions from vehicles and other sources. Ozone can pose health issues by irritating the lungs.

Dallas-Fort Worth also experienced slightly more days of unhealthy levels of short-term particle pollution. Year-round particle pollution levels remained the same. Both Dallas and Tarrant Counties received a passing grade for year-round particle pollution, and "B" grades for short-term particle pollution.

Those who suffer respiratory illnesses, like 9-year-old Julian Blazer, often are forced indoors on ozone alert days.

"It feels like I can't breathe," said Blazer when referring to one of his asthma attacks. His mother and clean air advocate, Cherelle Blazer, says allergens are the biggest trigger for his condition, but on high ozone days there can be no allergens present and her son has a hard time breathing.

"It's just really heartbreaking because when we don't do anything to clean up this pollution we are really ripping their childhood away from them," Blazer said.

They are forced to adjust their schedules because of it.

"We won't go to the park, he likes to play baseball and he likes to run, but we won't go to practice that day or if there is a game that day maybe we won't go to the game," Blazer said, "he has to make sure he has his pump with him at all times."

Still, even with data that shows ozone worsened, Miracle said we have made progress overall.

"Dallas-Fort Worth can certainly be proud of the progress we've made in cleaning up our air since the first 'State of the Air' report 16 years ago. However, there's still a lot of work to be done to make our air healthy for all of us to breathe," Miracle said.

"Reducing pollution will only become more challenging because warmer temperatures increase the risk for ozone and particle pollution, and make cleaning up the air harder in the future. We need stronger air quality standards to limit pollution and continued cleanup of the current sources of pollution in to protect the health of our citizens," Miracle said.

The EPA addressed the '2015 State of the Air' Report in a statement to NBC 5:

"The Clean Air Act has helped us make remarkable progress in protecting the air we breathe - but we have more to do. Together with our state, local and tribal partners, EPA continues to work to reduce harmful ozone and particle pollution and protect the health of families across the United States. Rules for cars, trucks, buses, industry and power plants are helping reduce this pollution across the country, and upcoming rules such as the Clean Power Plan will make further improvements."

An EPA spokeswoman tells NBC 5, since levels were monitored in the mid 90s, they have been significantly reduced, and dropped from 110 parts per billion to 79-80 parts per billion during the most recent data set in 2012, 2012 and 2014.

An EPA proposal is currently under consideration to reduce the allowable limit of ozone pollution from 75 parts per billion to anywhere from 60 to 70 parts per billion.



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<![CDATA[Register for NBCDFW's Closing System]]> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 19:36:04 -0500 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 and over the phone 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.

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[Recent Rains Beneficial for Local Lakes]]> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:28:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/White+Rock+Spillway.jpg

Recent heavy rains have been hugely beneficial in raising lake levels.

In some cases, lakes are releasing water for the first time in four or five years. But that doesn't mean the lakes are completely full and overflowing.

Most of the lakes in North Texas serve three different functions: water supply, recreation and flood control.

For each lake, there is an optimal level to provide water for drinking and recreation, but still has the capability to hold more water in the event of a flood. This is called the "Conservation Pool Level."

Whenever a lake climbs above that level, water is released to get it back down to the Conservation Pool Level, to give more leeway for future flood control.



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<![CDATA["Too Much Water" a Mixed Blessing for Lavon Businesses]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:55:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lavon-lake-runoff-042715.jpg

With Lavon Lake a foot above capacity, shoreline businesses are dealing with the positive and negative effects of too much water.

After years of drought, however, Collin Park Marina business manager Debra Wiley says she expects this year to be one of their best.

All their covered stalls for boats are rented and all the boat ramps in the park are open, after being closed last season.

“It will be one of our best years in a long time,” Wiley said. “We’re very excited to have the water level up.”

However, on Tuesday, the marina had lost power.

Water levels had risen above where they’d temporarily run lines to a power source, forcing electricians to wade in knee-high water to re-route electricity.

The marina’s managers are also considering whether it’s time to move locations.

Over the past few years, they’ve moved back and forth from a sheltered cove to open water at very high expense.

Today, they sit in deep, open water, which, they worry, if the lake rises a few more feet, leaves them vulnerable to drifting away.

“We will float off,” said boater Jonathan Weaver. “If we come off the anchor poles, it will be bad.”

Today, Wiley tells NBC 5 they hope to avoid moving the marina again until the end of boating season.

She adds it’s possible that as soon as summer starts and water restrictions end, the lake levels will drop dramatically again.
 



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<![CDATA[NWS Confirms 11 Tornadoes Touched Down Sunday]]> Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:16:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/johnson-co-damage-01-042615.jpg

Severe thunderstorms Sunday spawned 11 tornadoes, the National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday.

Initial reports from Sunday's massive storm included 18 reported tornadoes. NWS crews would later confirm only 11 that were all rated EF-0 with wind speeds up to 85 mph.

Four of the tornado tracks were located around the Rio Vista area, where the main supercell thunderstorm was located for several hours.

Below is information published by the National Weather Service on each of the 11 tornadoes.

Tornado Number 1
Rating: EF-0
Estimated peak wind: 75 mph
Path length /statute/: 1 mile
Path width /maximum/: 50 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start date: 4/26/2015
Start time: 3:33 p.m. CDT
Start location: 12.5 NW Sidney
End date: 4/26/2015
End time: 3:35 p.m. CDT
End location: 11.5 NW Sidney

Tornado Number 2
Rating: EF-0
Estimated peak wind: 70 mph
Path length /statute/: 0.7 miles
Path width /maximum/: 50 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start date: 4/26/2015
Start time: 4:15 p.m. CDT
Start location: 1 NE Proctor
End date: 4/26/2015
End time: 4:16 p.m. CDT
End location: 2 NE Proctor

Tornado Number 3
Rating: EF-0
Estimated peak wind: 70 mph
Path length /statute/: 1.2 miles
Path width /maximum/: 70 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start date: 4/26/2015
Start time: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Start location: 3 SW Dublin
End date: 4/26/2015
End time: 4:31 p.m. CDT
End location: 2 SW Dublin

Tornado Number 4
Rating: EF-0
Estimated peak wind: 65 mph
Path length /statute/: 0.2 miles
Path width /maximum/: 25 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start date: 4/26/2015
Start time: 5:38 p.m. CDT
Start location: 5 WSW Glen Rose
End date: 4/26/2015
End time: 5:38 p.m. CDT
End location: 5 WSW Glen Rose

Tornado Number 5
Rating: EF-0
Estimated peak wind: 85 mph
Path length /statute/: 2.5 miles
Path width /maximum/: 200 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start date: 4/26/2015
Start time: 10:03 p.m. CDT
Start location: 10 W Rio Vista
End date: 4/26/2015
End time: 10:08 p.m. CDT
End location: 8 W Rio Vista

Tornado Number 6
Rating: EF-0
Estimated peak wind: 85 mph
Path length /statute/: 2.2 miles
Path width /maximum/: 200 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start date: 4/26/2015
Start time: 10:33 p.m. CDT
Start location: in Rio Vista
End date: 4/26/2015
End time: 10:36 p.m. CDT
End location: 2 NE Rio Vista

Tornado Number 7
Rating: EF-0
Estimated peak wind: 85 mph
Path length /statute/: 5.4 miles
Path width /maximum/: 200 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start date: 4/26/2015
Start time: 11:01 p.m. CDT
Start location: 2 E Rio Vista
End date: 4/26/2015
End time: 11:10 p.m. CDT
End location: 2 NE Rio Vista
Survey_summary: This tornado appeared to rotate counterclockwise within a much larger — approximately 1.5 mile width — circulation within the rotating updraft of the parent supercell thunderstorm. The path took a nearly horseshoe shape track as it looped in a counterclockwise direction east of Rio Vista.

Tornado Number 8
Rating: EF-0
Estimated peak wind: 80 mph
Path length /statute/: 1.8 miles
Path width /maximum/: 75 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start date: 4/26/2015
Start time: 11:16 p.m. CDT
Start location: 2 E Rio Vista
End date: 4/26/2015
End time: 11:19 p.m. CDT
End location: 2 NE Rio Vista
Survey_summary: Radar and damage survey evidence suggests that this was a clockwise rotating tornado.

Tornado Number 9
Rating: EF-0
Estimated peak wind: 65 mph
Path length /statute/: 0.8 mile
Path width /maximum/: 25 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start date: 4/26/2015
Start time: 10:45 p.m. CDT
Start location: 2 WNW Rio Vista
End date: 4/26/2015
End time: 10:48 p.m. CDT
End location: 1 W Rio Vista

Tornado Number 10
Rating: EF-0
Estimated peak wind: 65 mph
Path length /statute/: 0.7 miles
Path width /maximum/: 50 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start date: 4/26/2015
Start time: 6:58 p.m. CDT
Start location: 6 E Stephenville
End date: 4/26/2015
End time: 7:06 p.m. CDT
End location: 6 ENE Stephenville

Tornado Number 11
Rating: EF-0
Estimated peak wind: 70 mph
Path length /statute/: 0.5 mile
Path width /maximum/: 30 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0
Start date: 4/26/2015
Start time: 11:24 p.m. CDT
Start location: 4 SE Blum
End date: 4/26/2015
End time: 11:25 p.m. CDT
End location: 4 SE Blum



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<![CDATA[Lavon Lake Fills to Conservation Level on Recent Rains]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:35:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lavon-lake-runoff-042715.jpg

For the first time in five years water is being released from Lavon Lake.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who is the owner and operator of the lake, said recent rain events filled the lake above the normal conservation pool, into the flood pool, on Saturday, April 25 by nearly a foot, bringing the water level to 492 feet mean sea level (msl).

At the start of this year, Lavon Lake was well below the full conservation mark at 479.19 feet.

Jim Chapman Lake, which is also owned and operated by the USACE, also reached its full conservation pool of 440 feet on Saturday with an elevation of 440.60 feet.

"When water levels rise into flood pool, which is above normal conservation pool, USACE releases water as needed to protect lives and property. On Monday morning, April 27, 2015, USACE began releasing 750 cubic feet per second (cfs) at Jim Chapman Lake and 1,100 cfs at Lavon Lake in accordance with USACE water control plans. Releases cease when the level returns to the normal conservation pool," the North Texas Municipal Water District said in a news release Monday.

When it's released at the south end of the lake, the water flows through the East Fork of the Trinity River and into Lake Ray Hubbard. Lake Ray Hubbard is, as of this writing, 3.61 feet below the flood pool.

Elsewhere around North Texas, the following lakes and reservoirs have reached 100 percent capacity: Cedar Creek, Jim Chapman, Joe Pool, Lavon, Lewisville, Mountain Creek, Palestine and Sam Rayburn. Other area lakes are close to capacity including Lake Arlington (96.3 percent), Lake Ray Roberts (97.5 percent) and Lake Grapevine (90 percent).

Lake Ray Hubbard (83.8 percent), Lake Benbrook (81 percent), Lake Granbury (77 percent), Lake Worth (73.3 percent), Eagle Mountain Lake (72.7 percent), Lake Whitney (69.8 percent), Possum Kingdom Lake (64.6 percent) and Lake Bridgeport (38.4 percent) are continuing to fill up from recent rain.



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<![CDATA[Softball-Sized Hail Smashes Car Windows]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:30:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hail-stormchaser.jpg

Softball-sized hail destroyed the windshield of a car driven by storm chasers in North Texas Sunday afternoon.

Lawrence McEwen and Spencer Basoco were chasing a supercell storm in Erath County southeast of Stephenville when they came upon the intense storm that spawned numerous twisters and several inches of rain.

Cameras were rolling inside as stone after stone slammed into the car, some estimated to be five inches in diameter, shattering the windshield.

One of the storm chasers, covered in shards of glass, put on goggles to protect his eyes as they tried to find shelter out of fear the windshield wouldn't hold.

NBC 5 Meteorologist Brian James referred to the softball-sized hail as ice bombs that explode when they slam into cars or glass.

As the chasers waited out the storm, huge hail stones could be seen bouncing off the ground outside.

The windshield took at least three direct hits and was destroyed by the time the storm subsided.

Neither of the chasers reported any serious injuries.

It is never recommended to be outside during a hailstorm and, even when inside, people are advised to stay clear of windows due to flying objects and debris.

The National Weather Service was checking on reports that as many as 18 tornadoes hit North Texas on Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Rio Vista Storm Damage From Chopper 5]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:29:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/johnson-co-damage-01-042615.jpg On Monday, April 27, Chopper 5 flies over Rio Vista in Johnson County where several tornadoes were reported Sunday, April 26, 2015.

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<![CDATA[Your Hail Photos - April 26, 2015]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:35:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hail-Thumb-042714.gif NBC 5 viewers shared photos of hail from storms on Sunday, April 26, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Your Storm Photos - April 26, 2015]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:31:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Storm-Thumb-042715.gif NBC 5 viewers share photos from storms on Sunday, April 26, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Communities Clean Up After Weak Tornado; Winds]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:06:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/042515+fort+worth+storm+damage.jpg

A North Texas community is picking up the pieces after suffering a heavy blow in Friday's severe storms.

It took just ten minutes for Friday's storms to unleash their fury on a rural part of Johnson County. As for the cleanup -- it will take days, even weeks for this North Texas community to get their lives back to normal.

"I don't know what to say," local resident Andy Dally said. "This is total devastation for us."

A building housing the Open Doors Food Pantry near Joshua was destroyed. "The wind picked it up, tossed it, set it in the street and shoved it down the road. It was crazy," Dally said.

A team from the National Weather Service surveyed the damage to get a better understanding of what happened. The team confirmed the storm produced EF-0 tornado damage in Ellis County.

However, the bulk of the damage in Johnson County was from straight-line winds. 

"Tornado or not, that's going to do some damage," Mark Fox of the National Weather Service said, pointing to damage caused from 80-85 mph winds.

Though the cleanup continues, the chance for similar storms still looms over the region. "We are getting a break from storms Saturday, but storm chances will return Sunday afternoon through Monday, and even into early Tuesday," NBC 5 meteorologist Remeisha shade said.



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<![CDATA[Viewer Photos: After the Storms ]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:52:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/210*120/850721ec1edd45b3893442c5ac737651.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos after storms came through North Texas.]]> <![CDATA[Viewer Photos: Storm Damage - April 24]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:52:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/damage-thumb.gif NBC 5 viewers shared photos of damage after storms rolled through North Texas on Friday, April 24, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Viewer Storm Photos - April 24, 2015]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:33:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/4a9720632ea44bd588ced6d687fdd905.JPG.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos as storm rolled through North Texas on Friday, April 24, 2015.

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<![CDATA[Bluebonnet Photos: Spring 2015 Gallery V]]> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:35:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bb-thumb-042915.jpg NBC 5 Viewers share their Spring 2015 Bluebonnet photos sent to isee@nbcdfw.com. ]]> <![CDATA[Viewer Videos: North Texas Storms]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:32:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fair+park.JPG

NBC 5 viewers shared videos as storms rolled through their neighborhoods on April 24, 2015.

Time Lapse of Storm 6:18 PM 4/24/2015

Arlington Storm

Azle, TX April 24, 2015 5:00 PM

Benbrook Storm

Burleson Alsbury and I-35 Weather Video

Cell Moves Through Mansfield

Clouds Over Lake Worth

Edgecliff Village Creek

Flooded Road

Fort Worth Texas storms 5:50 PM - 4/24/2015

Friday Storm in Keller

Granbury Right Now

Friday Thunder Storm  North West Burleson

High Water in Corinth

High Winds Hail Pecan Plantation

Humming Bird Takes Shelter

Lake Worth RV Ranch

Nassau Bay Airpark Hood Co.

Running Over the Curbs

Rushing Water Into Storm Drain 6:49 PM 4/24/2015

Storm Cityview FW

Storm Moving Through Downtown

Storm Vid From South Fort Worth

Street Flooding in Farmers Branch

Storm in Fort Worth Off Hulen Rd

Creek Becomes a River

Bedford Rains

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<![CDATA[North Texas Storms Leave Damage, Flooding]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 02:49:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/CDZ79QAUMAABKza.jpg

Strong thunderstorms packing powerful winds carved a trail of damage across North Texas Friday evening, causing widespread power outages and downing numerous trees down in southern Tarrant County.

Wind gusts of 70 to 90 mph were reported in the storms, with the most wind damage reported in Comanche, Erath, Johnson and Tarrant counties.

Oncor reported more than 25,000 customers without electricity early Saturday morning, down from their initial report of 52,000. Power companies across Texas reported that over 48,00 people across the state were without power.

Travelers huddled in a storm shelter at Dallas Love Field as severe storms flights grounded. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport also reported hundreds of flights delayed or canceled by the storms.

No tornadoes have been confirmed by the National Weather Service, but straight-line winds toppled trees and power lines in several communities.

A large, mature tree was no match for the winds that hit Lipscomb Street in Fort Worth.

Haven Zametz said she was inside her house when the storm's winds began to howl, and she said her house began to shake as if it was in an earthquake.

She didn't realize it was because the tree fell on top of her home until her neighbor called.

"My neighbor called and said, 'Are you OK?' And I said, 'Yeah, I'm fine.' And he said, 'No, a tree has fallen on your house!' So I walked out onto the porch and this is what I saw," said Zametz.

The tree smashed the roof of the front porch, but did not damage the home. No one was hurt.

Areas of flash flooding were also reported, with at least one water rescue from a vehicle in Irving.

The American Red Cross said the damage in the Metroplex appeared to be minor, and no shelters would be needed. Still, teams would remain on call to assist families in need.

The NBC 5 Weather Experts say Saturday will be sunny and warm, and a chance of thunderstorms returns to the forecast for Sunday afternoon and evening.

NBC 5's Bianca Castro contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Video From NBC 5's Texas Thunder Truck]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:53:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/022215+Rick+Texas+Thunder+Truck.jpg

Watch video, streaming live from NBC 5's Texas Thunder Truck, in the player above. Video may occasionally drop to a black screen -- this is normal and the signal will return shortly.

If you do not see video in the player above, the truck is not currently streaming live video.

Follow @TXThunderTruck on Twitter for the latest on location.



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<![CDATA[Bluebonnet Photos: Spring 2015 Gallery IV]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:59:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BB-Thumb-042315.gif NBC 5 Viewers share their Spring 2015 Bluebonnet photos sent to isee@nbcdfw.com.]]> <![CDATA[Cleanup Begins After Weekend Storms]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:30:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Steeple_Damage_methodist.jpg

More than 24 hours after severe storms rolled through North Texas some remain in the dark.

According to ONCOR at 10 p.m. Sunday, 6,167 people remained without power down from around 90,000 during the height of storm-related outages, 5,474 in Tarrant County alone.

Residents off Forest Park Avenue and Park Central in Fort Worth were just a few of those without power for a second night in-a-row after a large tree pulled down power lines in the area.

In Trophy Club, high winds knocked the steeple from atop the Fellowship United Methodist Church Saturday evening. Senior Pastor Edlen Cowley told NBC 5 the steeple is designed to sway with the wind, but it was no match for the storm.

In addition, the youth activity center below suffered some water damage after the steeple was ripped from the roof. 

Power was restored by Sunday morning services, but some youth activities were canceled.

“This is a part where people drive and park cars right here,” Cowley told NBC 5, “So, fortunately no one was here and no one was hurt – if there is a ‘Thank God’ moment in here, there’s a lot of ‘Thank God’ moments in here but that would be one that we’re especially thankful for, that no one got hurt.”

Insurance is expected to replace the fiberglass fixture.



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<![CDATA[Bluebonnet Photos: Spring 2015 Gallery III]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:49:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BB+Thum+042115.jpg NBC 5 Viewers share their Spring 2015 Bluebonnet photos sent to isee@nbcdfw.com.]]> <![CDATA[Tent Caterpillars Cause Power Outages]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:55:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tent-Caterpillars.jpg

Spring means bluebonnets are popping up across Texas, but that also means insects are back.

Tent caterpillars are so abundant in East Texas that some residents have been left in the dark.

Sam Houston Electric Cooperative said the colorful caterpillars have been hatching by the millions and covering homes, trees and electrical equipment. Line technicians report the caterpillars can engulf transformers, resulting in blown fuses.

"The caterpillars can completely cover a piece of electrical equipment," said Sam Houston Electric Cooperative line technician Virgil Cain. "They can actually disrupt the insulating ability of the equipment and cause a power outage."

The caterpillars not only swarm equipment they also feed on leaves, particularly of oak trees.

According to Texas A&M AgriLife, they can defoliate a tree causing permanent damage. The damage could cause trees to fall on power lines causing power outages.

Eventually the caterpillars will emerge from cocoons as brown and yellowish moths with a one inch wingspan. They no longer feed on vegetation but they do lay eggs and the life cycle starts all over again.

More: Texas A&M AgriLife - Tent Caterpillars | SamHouston.net - Tent Caterpillars



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<![CDATA[Bus Stop Weather - April 3, 2015]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 08:09:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bs-wx-040315_1200x675_422660675823.jpg Children share their artwork depicting North Texas weather. Mansfield's Elizabeth Smith Elementary School student Maura Huston.]]> <![CDATA[Your Storm Videos - April 1, 2015]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:29:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/River-Kayaking.jpg

NBC 5 viewers shared video as storms bringing hail, heavy rain and wins came through North Texas on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Hail Storm Near Eagle Mountain Lake

Hail in Haslet

Hail Storm

Hail in Eagle Mountain Lake

Spinning Clouds

Hail in 76245

Hail in North Fort Worth

Hail

NW Tarrant Hail

Flooding From Rusty Reed

Hail From Alliance Airport

Hail From Alliance Airport Part 2


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<![CDATA[Storms Leave Behind Hail, Some Damage]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:43:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/197*120/hailtop040115.JPG

Severe storms left behind hail damage and areas of brief flooding Wednesday in North Texas.

Standing water and piles of hail stones were spotted near Eagle Mountain Lake, and hail shattered a car's windshield in Springtown.

Patty Adams said it sounded like baseballs were pounding her house and her car outside.

"It was pretty frightening. I was crying. I called my mom and was like, 'Something bad is happening. The house is getting destroyed,'" Adams said.

She feared the damage the hail would leave behind. As soon as she stepped outside, she saw the back window of her car was smashed.

“I backed it into the garage to keep it from getting wet. When my husband gets home we'll tarp it,” she said.

Down the street, the Winnett family ran into their home and took cover.

“I’ve never seen a hail storm like that before in my life. So I put the kids in the bathroom and closed the blinds so it wouldn’t come in on them,” said Melanie Winnett.

Hours after the storm left, hail was still visible in Winnett's yard while a roofing company examined the damage.

The company representative said the roof was destroyed.

“You can't change things that are out of your control. You just learn to deal with them,” said Winnett.

Near Eagle Mountain Lake, residents said they’ve never experienced so much hail in such a short period of time.

Gretchen Hazel said the storm began with light hail, but, out of nowhere, hail of all sizes fell at a tremendous pace.

“It looked like, when we looked out the door, we had a complete snowfall cause everything was snow white. It was all just hail,” said Hazel.

Patches of hail in front yards still had not melted more than four hours after the storm.

NBC 5's team of meteorologists expect Thursday to be windy and very warm, but generally storm-free.

A cold front will arrive Friday morning and temperatures will be cooler for the Easter weekend.

Saturday will be sunny and cool, but a chance of rain returns Easter Sunday.

NBC 5's Frank Heinz contributed to this report.


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<![CDATA[Texas Sunrises & Sunsets]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:38:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sunrise3.jpg NBC 5 viewers send in pictures of Texas sunrises and sunsets.]]> <![CDATA[Windy Thursday Has North Texans Grabbing Coats]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:25:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/windy-weather-032615.jpg A storm system that moved through North Texas overnight dropped temperatures and brought windy weather to the metroplex.

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<![CDATA[First Look at Tornado Damage in Moore]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:09:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tornado+Damage+032615.jpg Sun came up Thursday to reveal the damage caused by severe storms that spawned a tornado in Moore.

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<![CDATA[OK Tornado Damage]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:32:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tulsa_area_tornado_vod_1200x675_418343491832.jpg Violent winds from the first tornado of the season have caused major damage and one death in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. ]]> <![CDATA[Moore Storm Chaser Video]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 03:32:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/moore_storm_chaser_vid_1200x675_418343491699.jpg Storm chasers in Moore, Oklahoma survey the damage after a possible tornado ripped through the city Wednesday night.]]> <![CDATA[VIDEO: Storms in Moore]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:13:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/210*120/moore6.JPG A possible tornado caused serious electrical problems in Moore, Oklahoma Wednesday night. Sparking electrical lines lit up the night as the severe weather moved through the area.

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<![CDATA[VIDEO: Storms in Tulsa]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:10:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/timelapse+tulsa.jpg A time lapse video from the tower cam at NBC affiliate KJRH in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Severe storms, which spawned a tornado, blew into Tulsa County, Oklahoma Wednesday evening.

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<![CDATA[Warning Sirens Ready For Spring Storms]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:29:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tornado+siren+storm.jpg

Emergency managers say they're ready for the chance of severe weather on Wednesday in North Texas.

That readiness includes some last minute checks on the outdoor warning sirens throughout the city.

New batteries were installed at Siren 14 on West Bonds Ranch Road in far north Fort Worth on Tuesday afternoon.

There was no siren test performed, but nearby residents were glad to know it'll be ready if there's an emergency or for the next test.

"It's a good time to teach the kids what to do in case of a tornado and we normally keep our TV on and teach them the safe spots in the house," said Destiny Anderson.

Two of the city's 149 sirens are currently offline due to significant repairs that are needed. The outdoor warning sirens are intended to get people inside and to get information. But there are other ways of being informed, including the Nixle system where you can sign-up for text and e-mail alerts.

"The best way of receiving the initial warning is still with the outdoor warning sirens, but to find out more detailed information, you need to be connected," said Juan Ortiz, with the city office of emergency management.

The text warnings don't just inform residents of what's on the weather horizon or of another disaster or emergency, but also if there's a problem with the siren system.
Six months ago several sirens malfunctioned and sounded when they weren't set to go off.

"We don't expect to have those problems again," Ortiz said.

But, he added, water damage, wind damage and lightning can cause malfunctions. So, whether it's a false alarm or something real, Ortiz says it's best to sign-up, be informed and stay prepared.

"It just takes one storm to really cause a lot of damage," he said.

The outdoor warning sirens will sound for large hail, winds stronger than 60 miles an hour or a spotted tornado.



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<![CDATA[Recent Rain Boosts North Texas Lake Levels]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:37:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LakeLevels2.jpg

The Dean family is spending their weekend camping and fishing at Joe Pool Lake. Thanks to recent heavy rain, Jason Dean likes his chances to get some bites.

"The lakes are looking a lot better," Dean said. "The rain and the snow has helped a bunch."

Although Joe Pool Lake does not historically drop as much as other area lakes, park officials said the recent levels this high are rare.

"You look back last year, the first 80 days of the year we had two inches of rain," NBC 5 Meteorologist Brian James said. "So far this year, we're coming up on nine inches of rain for the first 80 days."

Rainfall totals have tended to be higher in areas south of Dallas.



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<![CDATA[Floating Restaurant Moves Due to Low Lake Levels]]> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:19:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FloatingRestaurant.jpg

Boon-Docks Restaurant at Eagle Mountain Lake is moving, again.

"It’s hard to say you own the largest floating restaurant in the state of Texas if it’s sitting on dirt," said Boon-Docks co-owner, Dusty Gregg.

The floating restaurant opened last Memorial Day after a major remodel.

"We’re the first place that’s been in business here that ever made it through the winter," said Gregg. "We’re really looking forward to the spring and summer."

Now with Eagle Mountain Lake more than 10 feet below normal, crews are dredging the lake bed beneath the restaurant.

“They’re just trying to keep waterfront in front of us,” said Gregg.

Crews first floated the restaurant away from shore more than a week ago, and then allowed the restaurant to tie up this past Friday to open for the weekend.

They began to move it once more on Monday to level the lake bed beneath it in case the lake level drops even more.

“You can’t really run a business if you’re at a 10 degree slope and people walk in and they’re coming into your building walking downhill, and especially after alcohol, who wants to be stumbling and falling on a 10 degree slope," said Gregg. “That’s what we’re trying to do, is just keep it floating.”

Boon-Docks isn’t the only building with problems at Eagle Mountain Marina.

The normally afloat Ships Store has been left high and dry, along with many boats tied up to slips.

“We’re praying and whatever it takes to get the rains and to raise the lake levels again and I’m sure everybody is," said Boon-Docks co-owner Steve McDonald.

But even with low lake levels, people are still coming out to the lake.

“Eagle mountain people, lake people, we’re all the same. We enjoy coming out no matter what the weather is, no matter what the lake levels are,” said Rhonda Flores.



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<![CDATA[North Texas Under Dense Fog Advisory]]> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 07:50:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fog-advisory.jpg

Most of North Texas is under a Dense Fog Advisory until 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Visibility will be 1/4 mile or even less at times in many areas, creating possibly hazardous driving conditions.

By midday, visibility should improve to greater than 1 mile.

Authorities suggested driving more slowly, using low-beam headlights and leaving plenty of distance between other vehicles.



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<![CDATA[Rain Adds to North Texas Road Problems]]> Mon, 09 Mar 2015 22:23:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/driving+rainy+wx.jpg

Steady rain Monday added to problems on North Texas roads already heavily pocked with potholes.

Jason Dalton said his daily hour commute from Denton to Duncanville has been more than twice that long lately.

“Nobody wants to tear up their car. And that’s what you see happening when people go over these things too fast. Some areas up here on [Interstate] 35 it’s really bad,” he said.

Serafin Luna said his commute from Garland to Irving has also been about twice as long as usual because of potholes.

“It’s very tough to get around them out there,” he said. “They got really, really bad, especially on I-30. Every time I go home it’s so hard to avoid all those potholes.”

Road repair crews in several cities made cold patch repairs on the worst potholes Monday with more permanent fixes to follow in drier weather.

“Crews are ongoing as we speak, repairing potholes and eliminating hazards,” said Arlington Public Works Operations Manager Bill Bateman.

Road crews have pulled long shifts through the rash of winter weather and there’s more work to do.

“They get worn out and tired, that’s for sure,” Bateman said.

Sand used on bridges and overpasses was not entirely washed away in Monday’s steady rain and several cities have plans to use sweepers when the rain stops.

Many drivers look forward to clean, dry roads and the right time for a car wash.

“It’s impossible to keep your vehicle clean right now,” said Dalton. “I thought it was going to be a good day Saturday but then you look at the weather and it’s going to rain again today and it rained on Sunday, too.”

Bateman said Arlington had already started sweeping up sand Saturday before the rain.

“We’ll have to do more sweeping,” he said. “We do everything we can to try to keep things out of the storm sewer system. We don’t try to depend on the rain.”

Expect sweepers and pothole patching crews all across North Texas as the weather improves.



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<![CDATA[Rainy Weather Adds to Road Problems]]> Mon, 09 Mar 2015 17:35:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/driving+rainy+wx.jpg Monday's steady rain added to problems on the road for drivers and road repair crews.

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<![CDATA[Best Time to Plant Vegetables?]]> Sun, 08 Mar 2015 08:00:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dotty-Woodson-030815.jpg Texas A&M AgriLife specialist Dotty Woodson talks about the best time to plant tomatoes, peas, carrots, corn, spinach and broccoli.]]>