To Stop A Raging Wildfire

Spring 2022 had already been a busy wildfire season for the Texas A&M Forest Service personnel based in Mineral Wells, and the wildfire risk showed no sign of stopping anytime soon. The extremely dry fuels of grass and brush paired with the high winds on March 20 to create a combination that could produce a difficult fire situation if one should occur that Sunday morning. Aerial view of the Big L Fire from the air attack platform,…

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Round Rock getting second disaster loan outreach center after tornado outbreak

Round Rock getting second disaster loan outreach center after tornado outbreak

ROUND ROCK, Texas — Round Rock is getting access to a second disaster loan outreach center Monday. The new center is located at the Clay Madsen Recreation Center at 1600 Gattis School Road and opens at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 16. After that, the center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Williamson County residents who have experienced damage to their homes are encouraged to report it here and select…

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Austin-area teen caught in Elgin tornado joins TxDOT 'Click It or Ticket' campaign

Austin-area teen caught in Elgin tornado joins TxDOT 'Click It or Ticket' campaign

Riley Leon will speak about how wearing a seatbelt helped the day he was caught by the tornado in Elgin, Texas. AUSTIN, Texas — The teen driver who went viral after his truck was swept up by a tornado in Elgin, Texas has joined the Texas Department of Transportation‘s “Click It or Ticket” campaign.  Riley Leon will be speaking at a TxDOT media conference on May 16 at the Texas Capitol about how wearing a…

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Cleanup process continues 2 months after Jacksboro tornado

Cleanup process continues 2 months after Jacksboro tornado

JACKSBORO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Nearly two months after an EF-3 tornado ripped through the community of Jacksboro, tearing up houses and parts of some schools, the cleanup process continues for many.  A home severely damaged in the Jacksboro tornado. Nick Starling/CBSDFW.com “I’ve got some hard decisions to make,” said Jacksboro resident Susan Armontroutt. She’s going over her options as her house isn’t livable anymore.  “I think I’m going to go back to Colorado for a…

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Texas Wildfire Preliminary Agriculture Losses Total $23.1 Million

Texas wildfires that ravaged the Eastland Complex, parts of the Panhandle and Coryell County regions encompassing 433,000 acres have resulted in $23.1 million in preliminary agricultural loss estimates, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists. Preliminary estimates from devastating Texas wildfires are $23.1 million, which includes fence repair costs. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter) The losses include more than 400 livestock deaths, lost grazing values and fence repair costs. Dry, windy conditions throughout the…

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Tornado Hits Texas A&M AgriLife Facilities At Vernon

Following a May 4 tornado, the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Vernon and Texas A&M AgriLife Foundation Seed are finding comfort in community support from Vernon to Wichita Falls and from the entire Texas A&M AgriLife statewide network. The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Vernon was damaged by an F3 tornado May 4. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo) The Texas A&M AgriLife properties in the community of Lockett, just south of Vernon, took a direct hit…

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Tornado watch issued for Austin and the surrounding area until 6 p.m.

Tornado watch issued for Austin and the surrounding area until 6 p.m.

A tornado watch has been issued for Austin and the surrounding area, including Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Burnet and Hays counties. The watch stretches from Central Texas to Northeast Texas and into Louisiana and Arkansas. The National Weather Service says the main threat from Thursday’s storms is large hail and damaging winds, but a couple tornadoes are also possible in the watch area. A “tornado watch” means tornadoes are possible in the watch area. The NWS…

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Tornadoes touch down in Texas, Okla.; more storms in forecast

Tornadoes touch down in Texas, Okla.; more storms in forecast

SEMINOLE, Okla. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A storm system spawned several tornadoes that whipped through areas of Texas and Oklahoma, causing damage to at least one school, a marijuana farm and other structures. There were no reports of serious injuries following the Wednesday night tornadoes, but the system was causing flooding in some areas and more stormy weather was expected Thursday. In Texas, a “large and dangerous tornado” was spotted Wednesday in the rural community of Lockett,…

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The Backstory: The day twin tornadoes devastated Austin

The Backstory: The day twin tornadoes devastated Austin

One hundred years ago this week, Austin experienced what some have called the worst weather disaster in the 20th century in the capital city. AUSTIN, Texas — The sun rose on an unusually hot and humid day in Austin on May 4, 1922. From his office on the University of Texas campus, the city’s weather observer, Fred Morris, noted that as day wore on, the sky remained clear but the temperature kept climbing. The barometer…

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Details emerge about 3 University of Oklahoma meteorology students killed in crash after chasing tornado: "Unthinkable heartbreak"

Details emerge about 3 University of Oklahoma meteorology students killed in crash after chasing tornado: "Unthinkable heartbreak"

More information is emerging about three University of Oklahoma meteorology students who were killed in a crash when their vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer rig in northern Oklahoma late Friday. The students were travelling back from chasing a powerful tornado in Kansas, officials confirmed, and they had posted video of a twister just hours before they died. Nicholas Nair, 20, of Denton, Texas; Gavin Short, 19, of Grayslake, Illinois; and Drake Brooks, 22, of…

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Details emerge about 3 University of Oklahoma meteorology students killed in crash after chasing tornado: "Unthinkable heartbreak"

Details emerge about 3 University of Oklahoma meteorology students killed in crash after chasing tornado: "Unthinkable heartbreak"

More information is emerging about three University of Oklahoma meteorology students who were killed in a crash when their vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer rig in northern Oklahoma late Friday. The students were travelling back from chasing a powerful tornado in Kansas, officials confirmed, and they had posted video of a twister just hours before they died. Nicholas Nair, 20, of Denton, Texas; Gavin Short, 19, of Grayslake, Illinois; and Drake Brooks, 22, of…

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Storms and tornado rip through Kansas

Storms and tornado rip through Kansas

A tornado that barreled through parts of Kansas damaged multiple buildings, injured several people and left more than 6,500 people without power, officials said Saturday. Officials said the suspected twister moved though parts of southeast Wichita and Andover on Friday evening. Andover Fire Chief Chad Russell said during a news conference early Saturday morning that 50 to 100 buildings were damaged in Sedgwick County, though it was not immediately known how many buildings were damaged in…

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Slight risk for severe weather in North Texas later today

Slight risk for severe weather in North Texas later today

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Expect Friday’s weather to be warm, humid and windy. Morning clouds will break giving way to a partly cloudy afternoon. Hang onto your hats, because winds gusts will be up to 35mph.  There is a chance for some severe weather today. If it happens it will be toward the end of the day in counties to the northwest and along the Red River. Large hail and damaging winds will be the…

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Round Rock family continues to rebuild business damaged by tornado

Round Rock family continues to rebuild business damaged by tornado

The Amburgeys had their food truck totaled. While they wait for their new truck, they are working out of a truck someone let them borrow. AUSTIN, Texas — A few weeks ago, a tornado tore through Round Rock. Dozens of people suffered damage to their homes and businesses.  Ambur Fire was one of the businesses damaged in the tornado. It had to close down for about two weeks.  “There was a 75-foot utility pole, and…

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Gov. Abbott issues disaster declarations for Williamson, Bell counties after Tuesday's tornado

Gov. Abbott issues disaster declarations for Williamson, Bell counties after Tuesday's tornado

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said 15 structures were damaged, but added no serious injuries were reported in the county. WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott issued disaster declarations for Williamson and Bell counties after a tornado touched down in those areas on Tuesday. According to a release from Abbott’s office, residents who experienced damage as a result of Tuesday’s severe weather are encouraged to report damages to the Texas Division of…

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VIDEO: Williamson County tornado that traveled to Salado clocks in as EF-3

VIDEO: Williamson County tornado that traveled to Salado clocks in as EF-3

The storm eventually reached max winds of around 165 mph in Bell County. JARRELL, Texas — A tornado that touched down in northern Williamson County Tuesday evening that gained strength as it traveled to Salado has been classified as EF-3 strength. Winds were around 100 mph in Williamson County and 165 mph in Bell County. The storm’s track is estimated to be about 13 miles long with a duration of about 30 minutes. Viewers in…

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Williamson County issues disaster declaration after tornado touches down near Florence

Williamson County issues disaster declaration after tornado touches down near Florence

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — Leaders in Williamson County have issued a weeklong disaster declaration in the area following a damage assessment after a tornado touched down in the area Tuesday. “We are grateful that we did not have any serious injuries due to the storm in our county, but our prayers are with the families in Bell County who did experience tremendous loss,” said County Judge Bill Gravell. The declaration makes it possible for the…

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Round Rock residents await home repairs weeks after severe weather

Round Rock residents await home repairs weeks after severe weather

For Round Rock residents, the cleanup process after severe tornadoes has been tiring. One neighbor said she’s been waiting weeks on an engineer to come out. AUSTIN, Texas — Katy Dunn is one of many Round Rock residents still trying to pick up the pieces of her torn-apart Round Rock home.  “This is, like, not even the worst of it. All the insulation came and littered the garage,” said Dunn.   A tornado touched down in…

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Hurst, Mansfield ISD, and Hurricane Harbor fined by state environment regulators

Hurst, Mansfield ISD, and Hurricane Harbor fined by state environment regulators

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has fined 20 entities a total of $473,275 for violating state environmental regulations, including three in North Texas. The city of Hurst was fined for an unauthorized discharge of untreated polluted water into a creek, TCEQ found killed at least 78 fish. Hurst has since corrected the problem by replacing sewer mains, disposing of dead fish, and containing the contaminated water. The city was…

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Bell County judge says residents could be without power for days after tornado hits

Bell County judge says residents could be without power for days after tornado hits

Assessments are underway to evaluate the damage of a tornado that touched down in southern Bell County Tuesday night, leaving a wake of uprooted trees, downed power lines and buildings reduced to rubble. The first calls to emergency services came in at about 5:30 p.m. The tornado, roughly 1/4 mile wide, traveled about 8 miles up from northern Williamson County line on Co. Rd. 228 and traveled northeast along F.M. 2843. Bell County Judge David…

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Partial collapse of Texas Dairy Queen after night of severe weather

Partial collapse of Texas Dairy Queen after night of severe weather

ELLIS COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – At sunrise cleanup will begin in the City of Ennis after Tuesday night’s severe storms swept through the area.  Strong winds caused the roof of a local Dairy Queen, on East Ennis Avenue, to partially collapse. The storm sent the roof and debris crashing down on cars in and around the parking lot. The fast-food business is reportedly one of the worst hit spots in Ennis, likely causing thousands of…

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Damage after 2 tornadoes touch down in Bell County, Texas

Damage after 2 tornadoes touch down in Bell County, Texas

BELL COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – Dozens of people were hurt in Central Texas after a tornado hit Tuesday night. The severe weather happened around Salado, a city in Bell County about 50 miles south of Waco. The National Weather Service confirms that at least two tornadoes touched down. Reports into CBS 11 News say the twisters tore through buildings, uprooted trees, and downed power lines. At least 23 people were hurt — with a dozen…

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Forecast: Severe weather threat comes to an end tonight; cold front arrives Wednesday

Forecast: Severe weather threat comes to an end tonight; cold front arrives Wednesday

Here are the latest updates from the KVUE Storm Team. Author: Shane Hinton (KVUE), Hunter Williams, Erika Lopez Published: 11:46 AM CST March 6, 2019 Updated: 9:02 PM CDT April 12, 2022 AUSTIN, Texas — The severe weather threat has come to an end for Central Texas after one confirmed tornado touched down in northern Williamson County near Florence, then traveled east into Bell County. The National Weather Service will go out and survey the…

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VIDEO: Two possible tornadoes reported in northern Williamson County

VIDEO: Two possible tornadoes reported in northern Williamson County

Viewers are sending in footage of the tornado from the Jarrell and Florence areas. JARRELL, Texas — At least one tornado touched down in northern Williamson County Tuesday evening. Viewers in the Florence and Jarrell areas reported seeing the funnel cloud. Radar indicates the tornado moved out of the KVUE viewing area before 6 p.m. RELATED: LIVE RADAR: Tornado Watch issued in Central Texas until 11 p.m. There have been no reports of injuries caused…

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Tornado watch in effect for the Austin area until 11 p.m.

Tornado watch in effect for the Austin area until 11 p.m.

A tornado watch is in effect for Austin and much of the surrounding area until 11 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service says. The watch area includes Burnet, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties and stretches up through Central Texas to Dallas. “The risk for tornadoes still exists and is highest for our northeastern counties (north and east of Austin), but hail is by far the highest risk with storms today,” the NWS said in a…

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Tito's Handmade Vodka, Austin Disaster Relief Network partnering to help tornado victims

Tito's Handmade Vodka, Austin Disaster Relief Network partnering to help tornado victims

According to ADRN, donations are needed to fund everything from apartment relocation, repairs and rebuilding costs and replacing necessities like vehicles, furniture, appliances and other daily essentials. ADRN said business partnerships are welcome and can be used to support construction, demolition and cleanup needs. Britny Eubank on social media: Twitter

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Forecast: Severe weather threat for both Monday and Tuesday

Forecast: Severe weather threat for both Monday and Tuesday

Here are the latest updates from the KVUE Storm Team. AUSTIN, Texas — You may have woken up to the sound of thunder this morning, as we tracked some strong storms across Central Texas overnight.  Lingering clouds through mid-morning will give way to a sunny and hot afternoon with highs in the upper 80s to near 90. There is a low chance for a couple of severe storms this afternoon and evening. The Storm Prediction…

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Severe weather potential = First Alert Weather Day Tuesday

Severe weather potential = First Alert Weather Day Tuesday

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A couple of storms have been able to fire up this morning in parts of North Texas but thankfully, they remain below severe limits with just some quick bouts of heavy rain and lightning. CBSDFW.COM The conditional severe threat Monday is more so for the afternoon/evening hours. For the Texas Rangers baseball game today, we say “let’s play ball!” It would still be smart to take a rain jacket for the…

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Forecast: A few storms Monday morning; severe weather threat for both Monday and Tuesday

Forecast: A few storms Monday morning; severe weather threat for both Monday and Tuesday

Here are the latest updates from the KVUE Storm Team. AUSTIN, Texas — You may be waking up to the sound of thunder this morning, as we’ve been tracking some strong storms across Central Texas overnight. A few widely isolated strong storms remain possible through the predawn hours. These storms could produce small hail and gusty winds in addition to heavy rain and lightning but, for the most part, they have stayed under severe limits. …

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Forecast: A few storms this morning; severe weather threat for both Monday and Tuesday

Forecast: A few storms this morning; severe weather threat for both Monday and Tuesday

Here are the latest updates from the KVUE Storm Team. AUSTIN, Texas — You may be waking up to the sound of thunder this morning, as we’ve been tracking some strong storms across Central Texas through the overnight. A few widely isolated strong storms remain possible through the predawn hours. These storms could produce small hail and gusty winds in addition to heavy rain and lightning, but for the most part they have stayed under…

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Nice Warm Weekend Before Severe Weather Returns To North Texas

Nice Warm Weekend Before Severe Weather Returns To North Texas

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Friday will be the coolest day of the weekend with highs only climbing into the upper 60s/low 70s during the afternoon. The weekend forecast looks very nice overall. After today, southerly winds return to North Texas on Saturday and Sunday, resulting in a fast warmup by late weekend. This also means there will be bigger concerns where wind/fire danger is already an issue. CBSDFW.COM There is a slight chance for an…

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Experts warn complacency could be kindling for Texas wildfires

Experts warn complacency could be kindling for Texas wildfires

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – With red flag warnings expected to continue over the next several days, experts warned that complacency could be kindling for even more Texas wildfires. “I know we sound like a broken record,” said Adam Turner with the Texas A&M Forest Service.  “But don’t get complacent.” The forest service is already staging firefighters in extremely dry areas that have the potential for a spark to turn into a fast-moving fire.  They’re urging…

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Overnight tornado in Midlothian catches families off-guard

Overnight tornado in Midlothian catches families off-guard

MIDLOTHIAN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The last round of severe weather rolled through during the dead of night, when many Midlothian residents said they were in bed.  When a tornado barreled toward one family’s home, those inside didn’t have something they desperately needed: a plan.  The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado struck Midlothian on Monday, April 4, 2022. Even veteran CBS 11 storm chaser Mike Prendergast had trouble seeing the tornado he was tracking…

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Se abren solicitudes de ayuda por el tornado para los residentes de Round Rock y áreas rurales del condado de Williamson

Se abren solicitudes de ayuda por el tornado para los residentes de Round Rock y áreas rurales del condado de Williamson

Read this story in English. Se han abierto las solicitudes de ayuda financiera para los residentes de Round Rock y áreas rurales del Condado de Williamson que se están recuperando de los daños causados por los tornados del 21 de marzo. Aquí es donde se puede solicitarla ayuda: Round Rock Cares Los propietarios de Round Rock pueden solicitar la ayuda del fondo benéfico Round Rock Cares aquí. La fecha límite de solicitud es el 11…

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Midlothian residents continue cleanup days after tornado touched down

Midlothian residents continue cleanup days after tornado touched down

MIDLOTHIAN (CBSDFW.COM) – The clean up continues after severe storms and tornadoes moved through North Texas Monday. One tornado was in Ellis County, it left some damage behind in the small town of Midlothian. Along the 800 block of North Ward Road it’s visible where the majority of the damage was done. As the sun started to come up, more people began stopping by to get a closer look at the damage. Heavy farm equipment…

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High Volume Of Wildfire Activity Expected This Week

High Volume Of Wildfire Activity Expected This Week

Wildfire activity is expected to gradually increase throughout the week, as periodic critical fire weather occurs where very dry vegetation is present across western and southern Texas. Wildfire activity expected to increase through the week as conditions remain critical. (Texas A&M Forest Service photo) On April 5, critical fire weather and above-normal temperatures will support the potential for large wildfires resistant to firefighters’ suppression efforts near Amarillo, Lubbock, Childress, Sweetwater, San Angelo and Ozona, where…

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Tornado relief applications open for Round Rock and rural Williamson County residents

Tornado relief applications open for Round Rock and rural Williamson County residents

Applications for financial assistance have opened for Round Rock and rural Williamson County residents recovering from the damage of the March 21 tornadoes. Here’s where to apply: Round Rock Cares Round Rock property owners can apply for assistance from the charitable fund Round Rock Cares here. The application deadline is April 11 at midnight. Applicants must have a home or business in the impacted neighborhoods, which are Kensington, Windy Terrace, Greenlawn Place, Windy Park, Turtle…

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How To Assist Wildfire Disaster First Responders

How To Assist Wildfire Disaster First Responders

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Erath County Emergency Management is asking people to stay away from the counties being affected by wildfires and to instead make donations at coordinated sites. The statement reads, “At this time, we ask that people do not go to Eastland, Brown and Comanche Counties to take donations or to view the damage. Crews are still working fires and accounting for the residents and damage assessments.” The agency is working with other counties…

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A portion of the Round Rock Express' opening day ticket proceeds will go toward tornado relief

A portion of the Round Rock Express' opening day ticket proceeds will go toward tornado relief

“When something happens in our community, we’re the first to stand up,” Round Rock Express President Chris Almendarez said. ROUND ROCK, Texas — As Round Rock residents continue to recover after tornadoes hit the city on March 21, the Round Rock Express is giving back to the community on opening day of the 2022 season. Chris Almendarez, president of the Round Rock Express, joined KVUE Daybreak’s Yvonne Nava to discuss the fundraiser the team is hosting,…

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