<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Weather News and Coverage]]>Copyright 2016http://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.comen-usMon, 30 May 2016 13:44:06 -0500Mon, 30 May 2016 13:44:06 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Memorial Day Forecast: Morning Rain Gives Way to Sun]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 13:00:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/David+Finfrock+2012+Formal.jpg

Thunderstorms moved through North Texas early this morning, bringing heavy rain, lightning and thunder to the area.  But the clouds were breaking by mid-day, and and sunshine is expected during the afternoon, with highs in the mid 80s. 

Another round of thunderstorms is expected late Tuesday through early Wednesday morning.  Wednesday looks pretty stormy as well with heavy rainfall being the primary concern. A weak cold front will arrive late Wednesday, and it will be a couple of more days before rain chances taper off. 

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

10 DAY FORECAST

  • MEMORIAL DAY:  Partly cloudy, warm, and humid.  High: 86.  Wind: SE 10 mph.
  • TONIGHT: Partly to mostly cloudy.  Low: 70.  Wind: SE 5-10 mph.
  • TUESDAY:  Partly to mostly cloudy, warm, and humid with a 30% chance for scattered thunderstorms by late afternoon or evening. High: 85.  Wind: SE 10-15 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY:  Mostly cloudy, warm, and humid with a 70% chance for thunderstorms.  Low: 69.  High: 81.  Wind: S 5-10 mph.
  • THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance for thunderstorms.  Low: 66.  High: 78.  Wind: NE 5-10 mph.
  • FRIDAY:  Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms.  Low: 64.  High: 79.  Wind: NE 5-10 mph.
  • SATURDAY:  Partly cloudy and warm, with a 20% chance for isolated thunderstorms.  Low: 65.  High: 82.  Wind: NE 5-10 mph.
  • SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy and warm, with a 20% chance for isolated thunderstorms.  Low: 66.  High: 84.  Wind: NE 10 mph.
  • MONDAY:  Partly cloudy and warm.  Low: 66.  High: 87.  Wind: NE 10 mph.
  • TUESDAY:  Partly cloudy and warm.  Low: 68.  High: 89.  Wind: NE 5-10 mph.
  • WEDNESDAY:  Partly cloudy and warm.  Low: 69.  High: 90.  Wind: SE 5-10 mph.



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<![CDATA[40 Years of Finfrock]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:23:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Finfrock-401.jpg NBC5 celebrates forty years of Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock, reflecting on his long career and some of the big weather stories he has covered.]]> <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Stormy Memorial Day]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 18:17:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DallasNews_com_May_29_2016_PM_Forecast_1200x675_695217731594.jpg Another round of showers and storms is expected early Monday morning. There may be a couple more isolated storms Monday afternoon too. Any Memorial Day plans in the morning may be soggy, but the afternoon will generally be drier. Tuesday and Wednesday look pretty stormy as well with heavy rainfall being the primary concern. ]]> <![CDATA[Register for NBCDFW's Closing System]]> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:09:05 -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 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[NBC 5 Forecast: Weekend Won't Be A Washout]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 20:35:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/new_May_28_2016_PM_Forecast_1200x675_694929475903.jpg A few strong to marginally severe storms are possible this evening and tonight, but most will remain dry. There is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch that includes Comanche county until 11PM but NOT DFW. A few storms SW of DFW may produce hail up to 1" and 60 MPH winds this evening. Storm chances remain at 20% for Sunday also. It will stay warm and muggy for the rest of the holiday weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Eyes Open for Memorial Weekend Storms at Lewisville Lake]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 09:34:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rain+Campground.jpg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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<![CDATA[Storms Bring Heavy Rain, Lightning to North Texas]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 09:56:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ttt-lightning.jpg

Storms moved through North Texas Friday morning, bringing heavy rain, lightning and some flooding.

NBC 5 meteorologist Grant Johnston said several areas of the Metroplex received close to 1.5 inches of rain within the last 24 hours. He said he expects the rain to continue throughout the morning.

The storms delayed the start of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational golf tournament until noon. The PGA Tour event was scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.

As of 7:15 a.m., 20 flights were cancelled and 15 more were delayed at D/FW International Airport.

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<![CDATA[Vigil Planned for Homeless Man Killed in Denton Flood Canal]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 17:16:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Denton+Homeless+Memorial.jpg

Members of Denton’s homeless population are shocked by the death of a well-known transient resident last weekend.

Manuel “Manny” Abrego, 53, was killed early Saturday morning when storm waters rose quickly in a downtown flood canal. Investigators said Abrego and another homeless woman were sleeping under the bridge at Bell Place and McKinney Street when the canal flooded and swept them away.

A Denton police officer was able to rescue the woman, Teresa Kelly, who he found screaming just downstream from the bridge, but Abrego was gone.

At about 10 a.m. Saturday, swift water rescue teams finally recovered his body near Loop 288.

Since then, a make-shift memorial made up of debris, some small trinkets, and an old bible has been built next to the Bell Place Bridge by Abrego’s fellow homeless residents, several stopping by Wednesday to reflect.

Across the street at the Zera Coffee Company, a non-profit shop that works to help Denton’s homeless, several people who’d crossed paths with Abrego over the years sat down to plan some sort of memorial for him.

Another homeless resident, Richard Black, recalled meeting Abrego in late 2013 and becoming friends with him during their time in the city.

"Manny'd give the shirt off his back to a complete stranger,” said Black.

Black said Abrego would frequently stay with other homeless residents camped out in the woods near North Lake Park, where he’d often be the first to lend a hand to someone in need.

"If people in camp were hungry, they didn't have no money, Manny would go up there on that Square, he'd panhandle and he didn't care if the cops were there,” said Black.

Wayne Aleshire from the non-profit, Road to Damascus, recalled seeing Abrego on Wednesdays at Amazing Love Ministries where he’d come for supplies. This week was one of the first he didn’t show.

Aleshire said he’s seen the homeless population on a seeming rise in the city over the past few months, especially since the closure of Tent City earlier this month in Dallas. His hope is that Abrego’s death will serve as a wake-up call for residents and leaders in Denton to start taking more action, and soon, to combat homelessness in town.

That has been a big focus for Denton Mayor Chris Watts since taking office two years ago.

Watts said Thursday that, since running a task force on the issue, the city has worked with the United Way to hire a homelessness coordinator and is now working with the county to expand efforts across the Denton County area.

The city also recently entered an agreement to start leasing the old animal shelter to the Monsignor King Outreach Center to begin sheltering more homeless people in the city.

"Make sure we don't have those things happening, people sleeping under bridges,” said Watts. "The tragic accident a couple days ago, it just confirms the need to continue to pursue those options."

Meanwhile, several of those homeless non-profits and owners at Zera have set up a vigil to remember Abrego, and they plan to continue working to hold some sort of memorial for him.

The vigil is scheduled for 8 p.m. in the Zera Coffee parking lot on McKinney Street Thursday night.



Photo Credit: Brian Scott, NBC 5, Denton Freedom House]]>
<![CDATA[Got a Weather-Related Question You Want Answered?]]> Wed, 18 May 2016 12:10:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WX-Team-2015-1200x675.jpg

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<![CDATA[Consumer Reports Tests Sunscreens]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 16:35:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-200535755-001.jpg

There are a lot of options when buying sunscreen. A survey from Consumer Reports found that even people who regularly use sunscreen don't always have a good understanding of what they're buying.

Trisha Calvo with Consumer Reports told us, "People look at the SPF, or sun protection factor, and that's very important, but it's only one part of protecting your skin from the sun."

The SPF is a measure of how well a sunscreen shields your skin from UVB rays, which penetrate the top layer of skin and are the chief cause of sunburns. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and can contribute to wrinkles. Both UVA and UVB rays can increase the risk of skin cancer.

"Consumer Reports recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen so you're protected against both kinds of rays," said Calvo.

Consumer Reports tested over 60 sunscreens to see whether they deliver the protection they claim.  In the UVB tests, technicians apply sunscreen to panelists' backs and have them soak in a tub for 40 or 80 minutes, depending on the product's water-resistance claim. Then the area is exposed to UVB light. The next day, the test area is examined for redness. More than 40 percent didn't have the SPF they promised.  To check UVA, technicians pass UVA light through sunscreen samples. Again, some had problems.

But Consumer Reports found some sunscreens aced the tests and are a good value.  Among the best - Pure Sun Defense SPF 50 for about $6, Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50 for about $8, and No-Ad Sport SPF 50 for $10.

Consumer Reports also tested spray sunscreens. Some of the best are Trader Joe's Spray SPF 50, Walmart's Equate Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30 and DG Body Sport SPF 30 from Dollar General.



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<![CDATA[Surveillance Video Captures Power of Euless Storm]]> Thu, 12 May 2016 18:22:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-05-12-18h18m07s133.jpg

The power of storms that blew through Euless Tuesday was caught on camera.

Surveillance video from B&B Wrecker Servic across the street captured the moment sheets of rain and high winds peeled the roof off Euless Gun and Ammo.

"I've not been through a storm like that. i've lived here all my life and that was pretty scary," said Debi Chesney who owns B&B Wrecker Service.

A blue tarp covers the area where the roof is missing.

Chesney says she spoke to the gun shop owner and thanks to a second roof underneath the one that was torn off, the store only had a few inches of rainwater inside and minor damage.

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<![CDATA[Texas Thunder Truck Storm Chasing ]]> Thu, 12 May 2016 05:26:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Thunder+Truck+CJ+5.jpg Photos: Texas Thunder Truck on the road as it chases storms in North Texas.

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<![CDATA[Live Video From NBC 5's Thunder Truck]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 04:14:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Thunder-Truck-Promo.jpg

Live video (when available) from NBC 5's Texas Thunder Truck will appear in the player above.

If you do not see video in the player above, the truck is not currently streaming live video. But don't worry, if we're not live, we'll replace the video feed with some super cool photos of our truck!

Follow @TXThunderTruck on Twitter and on Facebook for the latest on location.



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<![CDATA[Your Rainbow Photos - May 10, 2016]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 22:08:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rainbow-Thumb-051016.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared their photos of rainbows after storms on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Active Severe Weather Season Fuels Demand for Storm Shelters]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 22:39:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/STORM+SHELTER.jpg

When the December 26 tornado struck Garland and Rowlett, it didn't take long for people to take stock of what's important.

"We sold our entire inventory, emptied our warehouse within ten days," explained John Wingfield, co-owner of Storm Dorms Storm Shelters.

An active severe weather season is increasing demand for storm shelters in North Texas.

"Normally, it was two to three weeks max," Wingfield said about orders. "Now it could take as long as eight weeks."

A Chapman University study last year put fear of natural disasters, like tornadoes, above the fear of crime.

"It's not even just an alert that a tornado is coming," said Casey Jones. "It's a dark sky, and the anxiety is through the roof."

Jones says her fear of severe weather started when she started having children.

"As a child, you don't really think about your own mortality, so it doesn't impact you as greatly," Jones explained. "Once I had children, the thought of not being able to protect them just makes my fears much more irrational."

Jones did something about it. She ordered a storm shelter.

"The one night that the tornado was actually the closest to me was the one night I didn't feel anxiety," Jones said.

She was talking about the December 26 tornado that hit a little too close to her home in Lukas. Her shelter was installed just one week before the tornado hit.

"I was completely at peace for literally the first time ever," Jones said.

NBC 5 watched a shelter being installed in a garage not far from the Jones' home. The men installing it also work as firefighters in Garland.

"Every time I'm putting the bolts down into the concrete, I know that's going to hold for someone, a family that's going to stay in there," said firefighter Jason Lowry. "When the tornado does roll through here, it's going to keep them safe."



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<![CDATA[Crazy Cloud Photos - May 10, 2016]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 22:04:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/clouds-051016.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos of clouds they saw on May 10, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Your Hail & Storm Photos - May 10, 2016]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 22:01:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hail-thumb-051016.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos of hail and storm damage on May 10, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Extreme Weather: Floods in Mogadishu]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 08:40:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-534430380-floods.jpg Take a look at photos of extreme weather from the U.S. and around the world, from floods to snow to rough seas.

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<![CDATA[Oklahoma Storm Photos - May 9]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 22:33:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ok-thumb-050916.jpg NBC 5 viewers and NBC 5 storm chasers shared photos of the storms in Oklahoma on Monday, May 9, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Stories of Survival After Oklahoma Tornadoes]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 09:08:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/oklahoma+victims.jpg

Residents of a small farming community near Sulphur, Oklahoma, feel lucky to be alive after a twister tore through the town, destroying at least five homes, as other deadly tornadoes ripped through the region Monday.

Seventy-year-old retired horse trainer Don Rudd was home with his wife when the tornado beared down on his home.

"Laid down in front of the sink and then everything just caved in on us," said Rudd.

He and his wife were covered in debris in what was left of their kitchen.

"My wife started yelling, 'Yeah we're here, we're here, we're here.' She was really scared," Rudd recalled.

Neighbors became rescuers.

"I told them to get [my wife] out first," he said. "They got her out and they got some stuff out of my way so they could help me out."

The family next door barely made it out themselves. Aaron Scroggins said he and his cousin scrambled for shelter as the tornado loomed.

"I was like, 'Find the toilet, let's get to the bathroom.' And then, sure enough, we got back there to the bathroom and I told him get down. And then it wasn't a few seconds, that thing was already on top of us," Scroggins said.

Incredibly, the bathroom was the only part of the house still standing — barely.

"Well, it's Mother Nature, she's going to destroy anything in her path," Scroggins said. "The only thing you can do is get out of the way."

Now the cleanup begins, with people sifting through heaps of rubble to salvage any little thing that's left. Mostly, they're grateful they survived.

"I'm here. That's all that matters. I'm here," Scroggins said. "I can care less about everything else because it can be replaced and rebuilt."

"I'm thankful to God that I'm still alive," echoed Rudd. "My house can be rebuilt. I can't be."

Tornadoes killed two people in southern Oklahoma on Monday and forecasters declared a "tornado emergency" for parts of the state.



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<![CDATA[Your Storm Photos - May 9, 2016]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 22:25:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/b37089404ace425cbc670b78b172d5cb.JPG.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos from storms on Monday, May 9, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Flood Water Slowly Receding at Joe Pool Lake]]> Sun, 08 May 2016 22:44:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Joe+Pool+Lake+Fishing+050816.jpg

Parts of north Texas are still underwater from heavy rain more than a month ago.

More storms aren't helping.

But some people are taking advantage of the recent flooding.

For Ulises and Jose Jaramillo, Mother’s Day brunch ended with a father and son fishing trip in the parking lot of Lynn Creek Marina.

“There's always a first time for everything,” 13-year-old Ulises Jaramillo said.

Ramps and the parking lot are still underwater from storms six weeks ago.

“It’s crazy. I've never seen it this packed before, especially with fish,” mother Priscilla Davis said.

Oasis restaurant at the marina recently re-opened after record rainfall last spring shut it down.

This is the second or third time we see this lake you know like, overflowed,” father Jose Jamamillo said.

With more rain in the forecast, some still have a hard time picturing where the water will go.

“There's not going to be anywhere to park. There's no way,” Davis said.



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<![CDATA[Woman Finally Finds Owner of Lost Wedding Dress]]> Sun, 08 May 2016 22:00:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wedding-dress-tornado.jpg

Months after a tornado tore through the town of Glenn Heights, a woman tells NBC 5 she finally found the owner of a wedding dress found among storm debris in her neighborhood.

In late December, Barbara Haynes found a brown box containing a second box with a wedding dress in the yard of a home in her neighborhood.

Since, she has been working to find where the dress came from and who it belongs to, but so far her efforts have proved to be unsuccessful.

Her daughter put the word on out social media, and Haynes reached out through neighborhood groups.

She even tried to track down what she could from a partial address on the outer box that led to Dennis, Texas. 

"It's been attached to me since I got it from across the street," Haynes said, "We almost lost everything, I put this box in the trunk of my car, we lived at the Holiday Inn on Wintergreen for six weeks, I put this box in the room with me." 

Haynes also took it with her when she moved in temporarily with her daughter. 

"My husband said why are you dragging this box around, you're probably never goiing to find who it belongs to," Haynes said.

But, Haynes believes it hold special meaning to someone, and she is determined to get it back to it's owner.

"I'm attached to the dress, I really, really want to find out who the owner is and meet them and let them know I love your dress, but I want you to have it," Haynes said. 

Haynes believes the dress is older and handstitched.

"Just love this dress, and look there's a rose, who do you think would wear this today?" Haynes said while looking over the pink gown, "it is just georgous, I just love it," 

She contacted NBC 5 for help.

And in May, Haynes found the owner, who lives in the same Glenn Heights neighborhood -- five blocks away to be exact.

The dress owner's daughter saw the story on TV and reached out to Haynes.

Haynes and the dress owner plan to meet up soon.



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<![CDATA[MedStar Changes Storm Preps after Hailstorm]]> Sun, 08 May 2016 17:47:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MedStar+Damage.jpg

With more spring storms in the forecast, leaders at Fort Worth’s MedStar Mobile Healthcare aren’t taking any chances when it comes to taking on more storm damage.

On March 17 the company’s headquarters in West Fort Worth was hit hard by a massive morning hail storm that employees said dumped tennis ball-sized hail on the area for just 10 minutes.

In that time, most of the vehicles in their parking lot suffered dents and shattered glass including employees’ personal cars.

MedStar said 11 ambulances and support vehicles were totaled with several others still waiting in line for repairs; including some that the company has no other option but to pay up and have repaired.

"The ambulance chassis aren’t made by the manufacturer anymore,” said Public Affairs Director Matt Zavadski showing the dozens of dented chassis in the company’s back parking lot. “We bought all the chassis in the country, you cannot replace those."

Zavadski said those chassis, which will go into use when older ones need to be retired, also suffered major damage to their battery boxes and other components that they are left to repair.

Additionally, MedStar’s facilities, which only opened a little more than a year ago, suffered major damage to the roof and siding; all of which is in line to be replaced still.

"The damage assessments for the facilities and the vehicles is now, for us, about $2.5 million,” said Zavadski. “So what we're estimating, it was about $210,000 a minute that that hail was falling.”

It will likely be some time before the company can budget through each of those repairs. In the meantime, Zavadski said they still have plenty of vehicles to meet patient needs, and the company has also implemented new weather policies as a result.

In addition to improved communication during storm warnings, Zavadski said they regularly hold drills now to prepare to bring every single vehicle into the facility’s indoor bays and hangar areas, including employees’ personal vehicles, before severe weather hits.

MedStar also urges the public to prepare ahead for severe weather.

The company’s first-response teams regularly deal with storm-related injury calls during severe weather. Zavadski said the most common are vehicle accidents resulting from drivers parking under overpasses on the highway during storms, and hail injuries to the head and body. His advice is to just stay inside and take cover until the storms pass, if you can.



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<![CDATA[Palestine Flood Victim Shares Story of Survival]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 19:15:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Palestine-Deadly-Flood-0430.jpg

Relief efforts are underway in Palestine after flood waters damaged dozens of homes and claimed the lives of six people.

22 homes have major damage, while 18 are classified with minor damage, said City of Palestine spokesman Nate Smith.

Smith said the City of Palestine is coordinating with volunteers, establishing donation centers and assigning crews for debris removal.

Local officials are assessing the damage and will provide information for state and federal officials, Smith said.

"Officials are adamant that this is an unprecedented type of flood. We have life-long residents who have said they've never seen anything like this before," Smith said. "The National Weather Service told us we had 7.75 inches of rain in 45 minutes. Imagine draining several buckets into your bathtub."

Smith said debris flowing in flood waters, including two cars, backed up drainage systems and culverts.

"We found that a lot of the drains got caught in debris. We're working right now to assess and clear those drain systems," said Smith.

On the 100 block of Timber Drive, residents who survived the flood are cleaning up and sharing stories of survival.

"I'm going to die. That was going through my mind. I'm going to die. This is my last night here," Metra White said. "I was crying, crying and crying."

White said the force of the water broke open her front door and quickly filled up her home.

"I swam out and grabbed a pole," White said. "I was hollering for help."

White said she jumped on to a car parked alongside her home and climbed up to the roof.

"I was up there for two hours waiting for someone to save me. I was the last one to be rescued," White said. "When the firefighters were pulling me through the water, I still thought I was going to die."



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<![CDATA[DallasNews com Weather May 2, 2016]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 16:23:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/050216_DallasNews_com_Weather_1200x675_677989955739.jpg The last lingering showers will be gone by 5 pm, then clearing skies and cooler than normal temperatures are expected overnight.But expect full sunshine with a warming trend beginning Tuesday and continuing throough the end of the week.]]> <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Cool Overnight, Then A Warm Up]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:42:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/050216+5day+4cast.jpg The last lingering showers will be gone by 5 pm, then clearing skies and cooler than normal temperatures are expected overnight.But expect full sunshine with a warming trend beginning Tuesday and continuing throough the end of the week.]]> <![CDATA[North Texas Gets a Break from Flooded Roadways]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 12:07:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/california-crossing.jpg After a stormy Monday morning, North Texas got a break from flooded roadways. The Trinity River through Dallas looked high, but it was not in a flood stage.

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<![CDATA[Texas is The Theme of Finfrock's Home Life]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:56:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/finfrock-rick.jpg

At the end of a long day at NBC 5, chief meteorologist David Finfrock heads to his oasis, his home in Cedar Hill.

His yard includes native grasses, bluebonnets, tall trees where birds sing and a creek. He landscaped it all.

"I don't go to work out in a gym," said Finfrock. "I get all of my workout here or down at our ranch."

Go inside and you step into the past. Finfrock enjoys maps almost as much as he enjoys tracking weather. His study and many hallways are decorated with maps from other centuries. One wall shows the different maps of Texas before it joined the United States.

"Here you can see a collection of how the map of Texas changed over the years... The shape, the number of counties," said Finfrock.

His collection also includes the paper maps he and Harold Taft would create for newscasts in the 1970's.

But there's something Finfrock loves more than his landscaping and his maps here... his wife Shari.

"About a year and a half after I got here [NBC5], I met Shari at a party," recalled David.

"David was the new member of the church choir," said Shari. "I didn't ever see him on TV until he asked me out, then I watched him on TV."

"We clicked immediately," said David. "We met - 5 months - to the day later - we were married."

The Finfrocks have two children, son Ryan and daughter Jennifer. In 2009, NBC 5 viewers learned about Jennifer's battle with Breast Cancer at age 34.  At the time there was no family history of the disease.

"The next year, we did the big [Race for the Cure] walk together for breast cancer," said Finfrock.

"It's been eight years that she's a survivor now. And two wonderful grandchildren that she is able to raise and we are able to enjoy," said David Finfrock.  "Just so thrilled everything is going so well."



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<![CDATA[Meet David Finfrock The Volunteer]]> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:57:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/finfrock-lady-talking.jpg

Over the years, NBC 5 viewers have watched as Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock planted trees at schools, helped beautify neighborhoods or played softball with police officers or wounded warriors for charity.

One of his long-term commitments to community service involves him delivering lunch twice a month!

Finfrock drives around Fort Worth, bringing food to a half dozen seniors. He has volunteered for Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County for nearly 17 years.

Mary Lou Adams looks forward to seeing her favorite TV meteorologists in her living room twice a month.

"He's just a real down to Earth person and we talk about different things," said Adams. "The thing that amazes me is he remembers things about me.  I think that's amazing with as many people as he runs into on a daily basis."

"When people are busy like David Finfrock, it's easy to say 'I don't have time'," said Nedra Cutler, Vice President of Volunteer Services at Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County.

"But we find that volunteers like David that have a busy, busy schedule that make time for our program is very important."

Lunch comes with laughter when Finfrock stops by Richard Pridemore's home. Both attended Texas A&M alumni.

'[We talk about] weather and Aggies and football. We used to all about the girls," said Pridemore. "But he's married and I'm an old man. So we can't talk about ladies anymore!"

Finfrock said he receives something out the deliveries as well.

"Some of these people I have been delivering to for years," Finfrock said. "And we've gotten to be good friends."

"It makes you feel good to be able to help someone who can really use that help."



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<![CDATA[Celina Wedding Venue Damaged During Storms]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 23:04:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/siding-through-roof.jpg

Storm damage may have put a dream wedding in limbo.

Friday afternoon, winds peeled the roof off The Venue at Waterstone, a popular wedding venue in Celina.

A wedding is scheduled on Saturday afternoon.

Employees and volunteers are working throughout the night to get the building cleaned up.

Owners Lyle and Nena Wise live on the property. They watched from their window as high winds ripped the building apart.

“It was disheartening to watch all the debris come off the barn,” Lyle Wise said. “We didn't know if it was going to totally demolish the whole thing.”

He says he was relieved the damage wasn’t as bad as he thought.

Pieces of the roof ended up in piles on the ground. Doors were also ripped off the hinges and there is water puddled on the floor.

“It’s still a bit surreal, you know, to have gone through this. I haven't processed it,” Lyle Wise said.

Part of the building's siding pierced the property right next door.

“You didn’t hear much noise until the metal started coming off the building over there and it was gone in just a matter of seconds,” neighbor Larry Warner said.

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<![CDATA[Your Hail and Storm Videos]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:25:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/7fe18d544f454aeb9bdce675d83d6f7e.jpeg.jpg

NBC 5 viewers shared their hail and storm photos from Friday, April 29, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Your Hail & Storm Photos]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:10:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/martins-mill-hail3.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos of hail on Friday, April 29, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[NBC 5, Telemundo 39 Meteorologists Reflect on David Finfrock]]> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 15:50:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WX-Team-2015-1200x675.jpg NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock is celebrating 40 years in Dallas/Fort Worth television. Meteorologists Grant Johnston, Samantha Davies, Remeisha Shade, Milmar Ramirez, Brian James and Nestor Flecha talk about David.

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<![CDATA[Lightning Sparks House Fires Across North Texas]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:58:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/house+fire+by+lightning.jpg

Lightning sparked at least six fires across North Texas Tuesday night.

Several homeowners reported that their properties had been hit at about 11:00 p.m., just as severe thunderstorms made their way across the region.

“It was busy,” said Captain Kevin Haines of the Frisco Fire Department.

A home on Nottingham Lane in Frisco was hit first, according to Haines. Then, seven minutes later, a second home was struck on the other side of the city.

“We had resources dedicated over here and we had to pull some of those even to go to the other fire because there was so much going on in the city,” explained Haines. “It was unusual.”

Because of the hour the lightning hit, many were home at the time the fires sparked. On Nottingham, the family heard a loud sound and then noticed their TV stopped working. Initially, they thought they had lost power, but then realized smoke was starting to leak from their attic.

“Within 10 minutes, the house was filled with smoke,” explained Lelah Hardwood, who lives in the house with her son and parents. “We watched for an hour and a half. Within minutes, there were flames 20, 30 feet high it looked like.”

Between the two Frisco properties, Haines estimates the damage will total more than $3 million.

Fires were also reported in Waxahachie, Irving, Plano and Forney. A total cost of the damage has not been estimated for those properties yet.

“Whether it was the Forney fire or Irving or us, Plano, Prosper, we all had structure fires going,” said Haines. "It was a lot."

No injuries were reported.



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<![CDATA[Mayfest Hopes Bad Weather Holds Off]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:28:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mayfest+1995.jpg

If you go to the Mayfest's website, right at the top is a warning about possible inclement weather this weekend. It assures the public organizers will keep on top of weather conditions.

Mayfest organizers learned a long time ago not to take chances with bad weather.

Their website also mentions that they have not forgotten the huge hailstorm that hit in May 5, 1995. That is when huge chunks of hail crashed from the sky, smashing windshields and injuring hundreds of people who were gathered to have a good time.

The storms brought large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain to Tarrant County. On the banks of the Trinity River, Mayfest was in full swing, with many people caught out in the open with little shelter.

Hundreds were injured, 60 seriously. There were head wounds, broken bones and people peppered with shards of glass.

At the time, it was the most damaging and costliest hailstorm the country had seen.

Now, Mayfest has emergency plans, which allow planners to empty the park quickly and get people to shelter.

The festival works closely with the city and the National Weather Service to keep track of weather conditions.

And of course, forecasting technology has improved significantly since then.



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<![CDATA[Drivers Find Ways To Protect Vehicles From Hail]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 22:30:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hail+protection.jpg

Nearly 40 cars, trucks, even boats, packed the field underneath the Interstate 20 overpass at West Creek in Fort Worth Tuesday night.

"That truck is mine and it's too tall and it's brand new, so what we do? Where do we go?" said Sheri Correll, whose two trucks are too big for her garage, she adds.

"I've lived in this neighborhood all my life. I grew up here and this is what we did. My parents did it. We do it and will bring them down here and we wait," said Correll.

She dropped her trucks off at 10 a.m.

"I knew that it would be packed. I left work, called my neighbor, she met me down here in the park to put both our trucks down here."

Similar sights were at several underpasses along the stretch of I-20.

One resident told NBC 5 that a used car lot owner parks all of his inventory underneath the overpass.

People even left notes with their personal information on their windshields so other drivers can contact them in case their vehicle is blocked.

"Everybody just looks out for each other and prays that the bridge doesn't fall," says Correll. 



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<![CDATA[Clever Ways to Protect Your Vehicle From Hail]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 23:17:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MULCH-ON-SUBURBAN.jpg NBC 5 viewers snapped photos of their unique ways to protect their vehicles before severe storms.]]> <![CDATA[Be Weather Aware. Tips to Help You be Safe When Driving in Stormy Weather]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:20:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hail-damage-032416.jpg

With the possibility of severe weather in the forecast, here are some tips to help keep you safe when driving in stormy weather:

If you happen to drive into a strong storm/hailstorm:

  1. Pull off the roadway to a safe place and stop driving. Hail can break you vehicle’s windows and the resulting broken glass can harm you. Continuing to drive only compounds the speed of the hail hitting your car, increasing the damage. In addition, strong winds may push debris such as tree limbs, trash, or even power lines, onto the roadway in your path. Heavy rains and hail limit visibility that can cause flash flooding and hydroplaning, which make roadways difficult to navigate.
  2. If possible, find a sheltered place like a car wash, a bank drive through, a gas station canopy, or similar structure that may protect you.
  3. DO NOT stop under a bridge. The shoulder of the roadway will quickly fill with vehicles and become a hazard for other motorists who may not see your car. In addition, bridge underpasses amplify the strength of winds passing under them.
  4. Stay inside your car. Hail can be large and it falls at dangerous speeds. Your car might get dented, but unlike you, the car will not suffer a concussion or other serious injuries.
  5. If you cannot find suitable overhead shelter, pull completely off the roadway, lie down, and cover your head.  
  6. Remember it’s better to arrive late, than not at all! Be Weather Aware! 



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<![CDATA[NWS 'On Alert' for Severe Weather Tuesday]]> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:46:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mark-fox-phoner.jpg Mark Fox with the National Weather Service says all hands are on deck in preparation for severe weather Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Dust Devil in China Throws Student Through the Air]]> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:42:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/China-Dust-Storm-042216.jpg

A boy was caught up and thrown through the air by a dust devil in China, and it was caught on video.

It happened Wednesday during a sports event in Guazhou County in northwest China.

The dust devil formed three times in the middle of a group of students.

A teacher said they tried to evacuate students after the first dust devil hit.

But they didn't get away fast enough.

The second whirlwind was faster and bigger than the first, throwing clothes, books and schoolbag through the air.

Then as students were told to lie on the ground, the dust devil sent the boy flying.

His ordeal was brief - just a couple of seconds.

The boy was taken to a hospital, where he is being treated for minor head injuries.

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