Commentary: Listen To The Impeachment Hearings Like You're A Juror

Commentary: Listen To The Impeachment Hearings Like You're A Juror

On Wednesday NPR will broadcast the public impeachment hearings — so listeners won’t be hearing the daily programs on Texas Public Radio. The question being explored is: Did President Donald Trump abused his office and should he be impeached for pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political rival while withholding U.S. aid? Texas Public Radio commentator Yvette Benavides urges Americans to fight off news fatigue, pay attention and be a juror.  Americans will bear witness to…

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The Most Destructive Hurricanes Are Hitting US More Often

The Most Destructive Hurricanes Are Hitting US More Often

Homes are surrounded by water from the flooded Brazos River in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Freeport, Texas. Big, destructive hurricanes are hitting the U.S. three times more frequently than they did a century ago, according to a new study. Experts generally measure a hurricane’s destruction by adding up how much damage it did to people and cities. That can overlook storms that are powerful, but that hit only sparsely…

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The most destructive hurricanes are hitting US more often

The most destructive hurricanes are hitting US more often

Seth Borenstein, Ap Science Writer Updated 2:14 pm CST, Monday, November 11, 2019 FILE – In a Aug. 30, 2005 file photo, floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina fill the streets near downtown New Orleans. The most destructive U.S. hurricanes are hitting three times more frequently than they did a century ago, a new study by a Danish research team said Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. less FILE – In a Aug. 30, 2005 file photo, floodwaters from Hurricane…

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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher On How Houston Could Recover Quicker From Floods And Hurricanes

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher On How Houston Could Recover Quicker From Floods And Hurricanes

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher spoke on a wide range of issues during a visit to Houston Public Media. The Houston Democrat represents the 7th Congressional District in west Harris County. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: <iframe src=”https://embed.hpm.io/351412/351410″ style=”height: 115px; width: 100%;”></iframe> It’s been a long two years for many people who suffered losses when Harvey flooded Houston. Now, there are more people in need of assistance following the…

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AP: Thousands face life-threatening floods from aging dams

AP: Thousands face life-threatening floods from aging dams

Water flows over a spill gate on Lake McQueeney, Oct. 2, 2019, Lake McQueeney, Texas. A judge has issued a 12-month temporary injunction preventing the draining of McQueeney and five other lakes along the Guadalupe River after property owners sued. less Water flows over a spill gate on Lake McQueeney, Oct. 2, 2019, Lake McQueeney, Texas. A judge has issued a 12-month temporary injunction preventing the draining of McQueeney and five other lakes along the…

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The Camp Fire Destroyed 11,000 Homes. A Year Later Only 11 Have Been Rebuilt

The Camp Fire Destroyed 11,000 Homes. A Year Later Only 11 Have Been Rebuilt

The sun is setting at a construction site on “the ridge,” as locals call it. Towering pine trees with their bark still black from wildfire are lit up in orange. And Chip Gorley and some buddies are about to crack open cans of IPA to celebrate some rare good news. His foundation inspection passed, meaning they can start putting up the walls on Gorley’s new home. It’s on the exact site of where he lost…

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Climate Change Deniers Pay More For Houses At Risk Of Future Flooding

Climate Change Deniers Pay More For Houses At Risk Of Future Flooding

About 2% of U.S. homes are at risk of being flooded by the end of the century, thanks to rising sea levels. And the reason for rising sea levels, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is climate change. But flood risk is not translating into lower property values in some areas along the coast. Instead, researchers found climate risk is decreasing the sales price of at-risk homes only in areas where people generally…

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&#039;We&#039;re In A Tinderbox&#039;: How Wildfire Codes Could Protect Austin Homes At Risk

'We're In A Tinderbox': How Wildfire Codes Could Protect Austin Homes At Risk

From Texas Standard: Randy Jamieson lives in the River Place development in Northwest Austin – what developers call a “master-planned” community. About 4,000 people live there, and the city of Austin recently annexed it. With its location near Lake Travis, real estate agents pitch the area as desirable for homebuyers looking for “Hill Country” and “Lakeside” views. But Jamieson feels nervous about living there. “My anxiety goes pretty sky high when it’s hot and dry; we’re…

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‘We’re In A Tinderbox’: How Wildfire Codes Could Protect Austin Homes At Risk

‘We’re In A Tinderbox’: How Wildfire Codes Could Protect Austin Homes At Risk

Randy Jamieson lives in the River Place development in Northwest Austin – what developers call a “master-planned” community. About 4,000 people live there, and the city of Austin recently annexed it. With its location near Lake Travis, real estate agents pitch the area as desirable for homebuyers looking for “Hill Country” and “Lakeside” views. But Jamieson feels nervous about living there. “My anxiety goes pretty sky high when it’s hot and dry; we’re in a tinderbox,”…

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Commentary: Climate Change On The Texas Ballot

Commentary: Climate Change On The Texas Ballot

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Texans are voting on 10 proposed changes to the Texas Constitution. Although climate change doesn’t appear to be anywhere on the ballot, Texas Public Radio commentator Yvette Benavides says it’s there.  Hurricane Harvey made landfall three times in six days and caused $125 billion in damage in August of 2017, according to the National Hurricane Center. About 13 million people were affected by that storm, and nearly 135,000 homes were damaged or destroyed….

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Trump threatens to cut US funding for California wildfires

Trump threatens to cut US funding for California wildfires

Christopher Weber, Associated Press Updated 11:46 am CST, Sunday, November 3, 2019 President Donald Trump, center, listening during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. With Trump are Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, left, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right. less President Donald Trump, center, listening during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in…

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Houston mayor&#039;s race: crime, flooding, Trump are all issues

Houston mayor's race: crime, flooding, Trump are all issues

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press Updated 8:26 am CDT, Saturday, November 2, 2019 In this Sept. 2, 2019 photo, Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks as Tony Buzbee, left, listens during a mayoral candidate forum for the 2019 election in Houston. As Turner seeks a second term, he’s hoping to use residents’ antipathy toward President Donald Trump to help him beat Turner, his biggest challenger. Crimes rates, allegations of City Hall corruption and the pace of the city’s…

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Rice University researchers use satellite images to track Houston’s growth, flooding risk

Rice University researchers use satellite images to track Houston’s growth, flooding risk

HOUSTON — Rice University is fighting flooding by tracking Houston’s growth from outer space with a new tool researchers hope could make preparing for and recovering from a disaster easier. “Nothing like this had been done in Houston,” said Chris Hakkenberg, a postdoctoral research assistant at Northern Arizona University and Kinder Scholar at Rice University. Hakkenberg used an algorithm to compile images of the Houston area from multiple satellites flying 438 miles above, taken three…

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New Border Wall Construction Begins In Texas For The First Time In Trump Era

New Border Wall Construction Begins In Texas For The First Time In Trump Era

The installation of steel rebar at a site south of Donna in the Rio Grande Valley marks the first border wall construction in Texas since President Trump took office. “This is significant because until now, we had not seen new construction in places where there had never been border barrier before,” said Ricky Garza, staff attorney with the Texas Civil Rights project. Garza said the new wall construction is happening on government land but hundreds…

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Tornado-Battered Richardson Neighborhood Donates Treats To Try To Make Halloween Sweet

RICHARDSON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Residents in a tornado-raved neighborhood in Richardson handed out candy and held activities for children at the parking lot of nearby Richland Elementary School on Thursday. Neighbors said they realized the traditional trick-or-treating wouldn’t work in the Richland Park area because storm debris still lines many streets and is piled on top of sidewalks. One of the organizers, Barry Propes said, “The trees as you can see lining the neighborhood, it’s…

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Ghosts Of Galveston May Be Inspiring More Tours Than The City Can Handle

Ghosts Of Galveston May Be Inspiring More Tours Than The City Can Handle

From Texas Standard: If you have ever been to Galveston, you may have noticed something eerie about it — Galveston County Daily News reporter Kathryn Eastburn says the city seems to have seen more than its fair share of untimely death. “And it’s an island, it’s surrounded by water, and people in the paranormal world feel like that combination of things makes for lots of spirits lingering,” Eastburn says. Many of those ghost stories are…

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Fort Bend County Faces Flooding, Traffic Issues Like The Rest Of Greater Houston

Fort Bend County Faces Flooding, Traffic Issues Like The Rest Of Greater Houston

Fort Bend County Judge KP George with Craig Cohen in the Houston Matters studios. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: <iframe src=”https://embed.hpm.io/350219/350246″ style=”height: 115px; width: 100%;”></iframe> As Fort Bend County’s population continues to grow, local officials there find it increasingly challenging to make sure the infrastructure keeps up. Judge KP George, the county’s top elected official, says in the past 20 years traffic hasn’t gotten better — even…

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Corpus Christi&#039;s North Beach floods even without rain. Here&#039;s why it has drainage issues

Corpus Christi's North Beach floods even without rain. Here's why it has drainage issues

CLOSE Residents and business owners on North Beach spoke out in support and against a proposed $40 million canal project. Rachel Denny Clow, Corpus Christi Caller-Times CLOSE A task force believes its redevelopment plans will both draw visitors to North Beach and fix the neighborhood’s flooding and beach erosion problems. Kathryn Cargo, Corpus Christi Caller Times Kim Novak’s North Beach business often is surrounded by flooded streets.  The flooding makes it difficult for customers to…

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In Texas, Home Sellers Must Now Disclose More About The Risk Of Flooding

In Texas, Home Sellers Must Now Disclose More About The Risk Of Flooding

When Arthur Mosely moved to East Austin in the 1980’s he didn’t worry about flooding. His property was not in a designated floodplain, and he thought of the creek that ran behind the house as an amenity. It guaranteed privacy and a green space full of Muscatine grapes and pecans trees. But over the years more houses went up and the creek flooded repeatedly, almost reaching his house twice. “All of this was water,” he…

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Scientists focus on Wiregrass in quest for tornado knowledge

Scientists focus on Wiregrass in quest for tornado knowledge

Updated 12:04 pm CDT, Saturday, October 26, 2019 DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Tornado researchers want to know more about how tornadoes form from squall lines in the Wiregrass region of Alabama and Georgia. The Dothan Eagle reports that this part of the South is of interest to Chris Weiss, a professor of atmospheric science at Texas Tech University. He’s one of the leaders of the team involved in the Verification of the Origin of Rotation in…

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Richardson Family Figuring Out What’s Next As Home Condemned Due To Tornado Damage

RICHARDSON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s been five days since multiple tornadoes touched down in North Texas and while many neighborhoods, business and schools are still a long way from recovery, help continues to come in. “I’m in like a war zone,” Michael Chambers said. Michael and Jen Chambers are one of several families in South Richardson who can no longer live in their homes. “The city has basically deemed it unsafe, do not enter, and…

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WATCH: Man rescued, homeless camp evacuated after flooding Thursday night

WATCH: Man rescued, homeless camp evacuated after flooding Thursday night

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin first responders were sent to the scene of at least six water rescues Thursday night as heavy rains rolled into Central Texas, one of which involved a homeless camp. The Austin Police Department held a press conference Friday afternoon to provide more details about that incident. They said officers were dispatched to a possible water rescue on the 700 block of North Bluff Drive around 7:30 p.m. for reports that several…

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Tropical storm heads to Gulf coast as rain douses Southeast

Tropical storm heads to Gulf coast as rain douses Southeast

Jay Reeves, Associated Press Updated 4:32 pm CDT, Friday, October 25, 2019 Cars travel along a partially flooded road in Helena, Ala., on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. The National Weather Service said a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico that could briefly become a tropical weather system was combining with a cold front to dump heavy rains across the parched region. less Cars travel along a partially flooded road in Helena, Ala., on Friday, Oct. 25,…

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Tropical Storm Olga forms in the Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Olga forms in the Gulf of Mexico

HOUSTON — The National Hurricane Center says a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico has now become Tropical Storm Olga. The storm, now with sustained winds at 40 MPH, is expected to weaken by the time it makes landfall.  As of Friday afternoon, the forecast cone projects Olga will make landfall along the central Louisiana coast, bring the threat of heavy rain to the state over the weekend. No coastal warnings have been issued….

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The Latest: Tropical Storm Olga forms in Gulf of Mexico

The Latest: Tropical Storm Olga forms in Gulf of Mexico

Updated 3:56 pm CDT, Friday, October 25, 2019 Cars travel along a partially flooded road in Helena, Ala., on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. The National Weather Service said a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico that could briefly become a tropical weather system was combining with a cold front to dump heavy rains across the parched region. less Cars travel along a partially flooded road in Helena, Ala., on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. The National Weather…

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Downtown San Antonio Church Roof Collapses, VIA Bus Gets Stuck in Flooding During Thursday&#039;s Storms

Downtown San Antonio Church Roof Collapses, VIA Bus Gets Stuck in Flooding During Thursday's Storms

click image Twitter / NWSSanAntonio Thursday night’s severe weather rained down misfortune on San Antonio, from structural damage to a historic building to multiple floodwater rescues. Intermittent thunderstorms and heavy winds are likely to blame for a roof collapse at Travis Park United Methodist Church early Friday morning. Firefighters responded to the downtown church just after midnight and found that parts of the roof and a fire escape had fallen. According to KSAT, a pipe broke…

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Line of Storms Brings Heavy Rain, Flash Flooding to San Antonio

Line of Storms Brings Heavy Rain, Flash Flooding to San Antonio

Several roads in Bexar County remained flooded Friday morning, more than 12 hours after a cold front and associated thunderstorms brought heavy rains to the region.  Weather stations measured rainfall as high as 6 to 8 inches in parts of northern Bexar County, southern Comal County, and south of Hays County as a cold front moved in and encountered moist air flowing off of the Gulf of Mexico, National Weather Service meteorologist Ethan Williams said. …

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Flash Flood Warning In Effect For Austin Until 10:45 P.M.

Flash Flood Warning In Effect For Austin Until 10:45 P.M.

A flash flood warning is in effect for much of Austin and eastern Travis County, as well as central Hays County, until 10:45 p.m. Up to three inches of rain have already fallen and flash flooding is already happening, the National Weather Service said. A severe thunderstorm warning for southern Travis County and much of Bastrop County is in effect until 8:45 p.m. The Austin Fire Department said it is responding to multiple high water…

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Shandon Sahm, Son of Late Texas Tornado Doug Sahm, Talks What It&#039;s Like Covering His Fathers Legendary Music

Shandon Sahm, Son of Late Texas Tornado Doug Sahm, Talks What It's Like Covering His Fathers Legendary Music

click to enlarge After nearly two years in his new home of Amsterdam, Shandon Sahm — son of San Antonio’s legendary Tex-Mex roots-rocker Doug Sahm — is back in the States touring behind a new EP of him covering his father’s songs. A performance celebrating the release of Sahm Covers Sahm will take place at the South Texas Museum of Popular Culture on Saturday, October 19.Although best known as the Meat Puppets’ drummer from 1999–2002 and…

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National Weather Service: 10 Tornadoes Struck North Texas In Sunday Night Outbreak

National Weather Service: 10 Tornadoes Struck North Texas In Sunday Night Outbreak

COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – The National Weather Service confirms a tenth tornado stuck North Texas on Sunday. They found evidence of another tornado in Allen in Collin County, on the west side of town. The tornado was rated EF-0 with 80 mph winds. An insurance industry group said the nine tornadoes that struck the Dallas area during a Sunday night outbreak caused an estimated $2 billion in insured losses. The Insurance Council of Texas said the…

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Business Owners Ponder Next Steps After Tornado Tears Up Preston Royal Shopping Center

Business Owners Ponder Next Steps After Tornado Tears Up Preston Royal Shopping Center

“I’ve had puppies and kittens grow up until the end! And I’m there for my clients and their owners and for them. And my people are this neighborhood. And their houses are gone, too. It’s sad.” Share this story with a friend: By Hady MawajdehOctober 24, 2019 9:30 amBusiness & Your Money, Energy & Environment, KERA, Partner Organizations, Texas Station Collaborative

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School Is Back In Session For Dallas ISD Students Amid Sunday’s Storm Damage

School Is Back In Session For Dallas ISD Students Amid Sunday’s Storm Damage

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — With their schools now destroyed, thousands of Dallas ISD students returned to class today — albeit in hurriedly prepared spaces. Thomas Jefferson senior Lauren Zelaya said she is ready to restart the year at the old Edison Middle School, but hopes she doesn’t get lost in the new building. “I’m excited to see what the year holds,”​ she said. Thomas Jefferson High is one of three DISD schools destroyed in Sunday’s tornado…

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Reopening Of Major North-South Roads Shut Down By Tornado Is Big Priority For Dallas

Reopening Of Major North-South Roads Shut Down By Tornado Is Big Priority For Dallas

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — The city of Dallas hopes to reopen some of its major north-south roads shut down by the EF-3 tornado that slammed parts of the city this weekend. Harry Hines Blvd., Marsh Lane, Midway Road, Inwood Road, Preston Road and Hillcrest Road remained closed between Walnut Hill Lane and Royal Lane. Assistant City Manager Majed Al-Ghafry told CBS 11 that he hopes to have both north and southbound lanes of Hillcrest reopened Thursday,…

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Elderly Widow May Say Goodbye To Cherished Rockwall Home Following Tornado

Elderly Widow May Say Goodbye To Cherished Rockwall Home Following Tornado

ROCKWALL (CBSDFW.COM) — Two Rockwall homes have been condemned from all the damage caused by Sunday night’s storms — one is owned by an elderly widow. Shirley Bevers is hoping her lakefront home with years of memories can still be repaired. But the reality is Bevers may have to say goodbye. On Sunday night, the 83-year-old huddled with a family member in a closet, while a tornado roared across Lake Ray Hubbard and took aim…

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Insurance Council Of Texas Says $2B Dallas Tornado Costliest In State’s History

Insurance Council Of Texas Says $2B Dallas Tornado Costliest In State’s History

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Insurance Council of Texas projects the EF-3 tornado that hit Dallas was one of the costliest in the state’s history, with a total loss of about $2 billion. That number is due to the loss or severe damage of several commercial properties, in addition to homes and vehicles, according to Camille Garcia with the Insurance Council of Texas. The exclusive Preston Hollow neighborhood, home to George and Laura Bush (whose homes wasn’t…

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Free Disaster Legal Hotline Available To Those Affected By North Texas Tornadoes, Severe Storms

Free Disaster Legal Hotline Available To Those Affected By North Texas Tornadoes, Severe Storms

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) — The State Bar of Texas is reminding residents that free civil legal resources are available to low-income individuals and families struggling to recover from the tornadoes and severe storms that affected 16 Texas counties Sunday night. On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration on for the following counties: Cass, Cameron, Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Erath, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Panola, Rains, Rockwall, Rusk, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Wood. A toll-free legal hotline —…

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9 tornadoes confirmed in Dallas area from Sunday&#039;s storms

9 tornadoes confirmed in Dallas area from Sunday's storms

https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/texas/article/9-tornadoes-confirmed-in-Dallas-area-from-14555908.php Updated 9:24 am CDT, Wednesday, October 23, 2019 In this Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 photo, utility poles lay in the street after a tornado near Walnut Hill Lane in Northwest Dallas. (Yffy Yossifor/Star-Telegram via In this Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 photo, utility poles lay in the street after a tornado near Walnut Hill Lane in Northwest Dallas. (Yffy Yossifor/Star-Telegram via Photo: Yffy Yossifor, AP Photo: Yffy Yossifor, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close…

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$9.5 million bond could fix major flooding issues in Robstown

$9.5 million bond could fix major flooding issues in Robstown

CLOSE Officials for the Outlets at Corpus Christi Bay hope the Robstown shopping center can bounce back after its 2019 foreclosure. Courtney Sacco and Chris Ramirez, Corpus Christi Caller-Times After a thunderstorm rolls through Robstown, vehicles stall out in standing water on State Highway 44.  Water surrounds Robstown High School and floods the Bluebonnet subdivision. This causes the school district to delay school start times.  The flooding happens because of an outdated drainage ditch that runs along…

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Local Businesses, Residents Offer Helping Hand To Those Affected By North Texas Tornadoes

Local Businesses, Residents Offer Helping Hand To Those Affected By North Texas Tornadoes

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — After nine tornadoes swept through North Texas — devastating residents with mass levels of destruction — local businesses and residents are lending a helping hand to those affected. Around 20,000 Oncor customers are still without power Tuesday night, according to the electric company. As people deal with power outages and the damage left behind by Sunday’s storms, others are trying to help in any way they can. ​ “I was subject…

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Local Businesses Offer Helping Hand To Those Affected By North Texas Tornadoes

Local Businesses Offer Helping Hand To Those Affected By North Texas Tornadoes

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — After nine tornadoes swept through North Texas — devastating residents with mass levels of destruction — local businesses are lending a helping hand to those affected. Twenty-seven Planet Fitness locations are opening up their doors to anyone needing something as simple as a shower. People will also be able to salvage any belongings by storing them at U-Haul for 30 days — free of charge.  And for those who worked from home,…

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9 tornadoes confirmed from Sunday&#039;s storms in North Texas

9 tornadoes confirmed from Sunday's storms in North Texas

Updated at 8:07 p.m. with additional information regarding outages and school closures. The National Weather Service confirmed Monday that two additional tornadoes hit Kaufman County Sunday night, bringing the total number of tornadoes to nine. The NWS classified the two Kaufman County tornadoes as one EF-0 and one EF-1. Other areas hit by tornadoes: Ferris: EF-0, 85 mph Midlothian: EF-1, 100 mph Rockwall: EF-1, 90 mph Dallas: EF-3, 140 mph Rowlett: EF-1, 100 mph North of…

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