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Keep your umbrellas handy.

Rain continues to fall across North Texas this afternoon, but storms are possible tonight and Thursday.

Storms might become severe, with some producing large hail and damaging winds, the National Weather Service said. Isolated tornadoes are possible, especially southwest of a line from Bowie to Hillsboro to Palestine.


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Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy was killed in downtown Dallas, Americans are still uncertain as to who ended his life. A new national survey shows that more than 70 percent of those polled don’t believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

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Is sweater weather around the corner?

Expect a cooldown overnight across North Texas. On Saturday, temperatures could be up to 20 degrees cooler. Temperatures could fall into the 50s in parts of Dallas-Fort Worth during the early morning hours. (Best bet for that is in Denton County and to the counties west and north of Denton, the National Weather Service reports.)

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It would be nice if triple digits were limited to paychecks, area codes, and padlocks. But that’s not the case in Dallas-Fort Worth. The summer’s first triple-digit temperature made an early arrival this week, and Friday was even hotter. Here are four tips to beat the heat.

Update, 3:59 p.m.: Rockwall ISD's buses for secondary school students will be delayed up to 45 minutes.

Update, 3:48 p.m.: Mesquite ISD will release its high school students at 4 p.m.; buses running 30 minutes later than normally scheduled. 

Update, 3:45 p.m.: Plano ISD says most activities will continues as schedule but asks parents to check with their students' individual campuses.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD also reports that all after-school activities will continue as normally scheduled.

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The Dallas Catholic Diocese dismissed school at noon today because of the threat of severe weather in North Texas . 

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Communities outside of Granbury and Cleburne are also reeling from last night’s chain of powerful storms.

Dozens of buildings in the City of Ennis were damaged, including businesses in the central downtown area. Lt. David Anthony with the Ennis Police Department says one elderly woman was hit with flying debris and taken to the hospital as a precaution. As far as he knows, her injuries are minor.

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Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds updated media this morning about the breadth of damage from Wednesday night’s tornado and severe weather.

He confirmed that the hardest his area was the Rancho Brazos subdivision, southeast of Granbury which has been evacuated.  The area is currently cordoned off by authorities.

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Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain says he thankfully knows of no fatalities in his community but damage is extensive and at least seven citizens received minor injuries. 

He has declared a local state of disaster this morning and Cleburne schools are closed today. 

Mayor Cain says the Winchester area on the west side of town was the hardest hit and he is asking the public to avoid that area.

Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds says the death count could rise because more than a dozen people are unaccounted for. Other rural areas outside the hard-hit Rancho Brazos subdivision haven't been searched completely.

A tornado is being blamed for at least two deaths and dozens of injuries near Lake Granbury. KTVT-TV reported more than 100 injured in the area and some 50 or more homes severely damaged or "flattened."

At 9:00 pm WFAA-TV is reporting helicopters are being requested to evacuate injured patients in the Lake Granbury area. KXAS-TV is reporting that in the Rancho Brazos subdivision along Lake Granbury a triage center has been set up to care for residents injured in the storm and school buses are being used to help transport injured people.

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The National Weather Service is calling the snowstorm at the top of Texas a "a historic blizzard."

BJ Austin / This guy was made by KERA staffers during the 2010 snowpocalypse in DFW.

A big change in the weather’s coming. There’s a slight chance of snow Monday morning.

Interstate 10 has reopened near Beaumont after a 100-vehicle Thanksgiving-morning wreck that killed two and sent more than 50 people to the hospital. Police blamed fog.

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Updated: Texas considers virtual schools,  the weather mystifies; Barneys NorthPark will close.

Lakewood’s Fourth of July parade is a tradition that’s nearly 50 years old. While the East Dallas neighborhood is still working to repair major hail damage from the June 13th storms, residents took Independence Day off.

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The large hail that pounded parts of Dallas County Wednesday night could be one for the record books.

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Lakewood residents in Dallas are cleaning up after Wednesday night's hailstorm.

Some nasty weather is rolling across north Texas, bringing potentially damaging hail and high winds. Meteorologist Jesse Moore, with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, says it’s not over.

Moore: We could see reports of 2, 2-and-half inch hail as well as wind gusts of 60 mph. So far the biggest I’ve seen has been 2-inch hail up just about 2 miles north of Frisco, and some strong winds, 60 mph winds, reported as well.

Weather service crews are assessing the damage from a Texas Panhandle storm that dumped several feet of nickel-sized hail on an area north of Amarillo, stranded motorists in muddy, hail drifts and closed a highway for several hours.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Justyn Jackson said Thursday that hail that fell amid a rainstorm the day before was real small but "there was a lot of it" in a concentrated area, accumulating 2- to 4-feet deep.

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An insurance industry group estimates the tornadoes and hailstorms that caused scattered devastation in North Texas last week has prompted damage claims topping $300 million so far and could top $500 million.

Dallas school officials say that for the most part safety procedures during Tuesday’s severe weather went smoothly. No staff or children were injured. But KERA has heard from some parents who say they panicked after their schools told them to pick up their children in the midst of the storm. 

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Texas Governor Rick Perry expects rapid federal relief for the North Texas communities ravaged by Tuesday’s tornadoes. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports Perry met with Lancaster residents, where hundreds of homes sustained twister damage and many were destroyed.

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Three more TCU football players have been charged with felony marijuana delivery after a six-month sting.

In Arlington, residents are assessing damage and cleaning up after Tuesday’s destructive tornadoes. KERA’s Bill Zeeble visited some of the city’s hardest hit neighborhoods.

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Hundreds of Lancaster residents are still waiting to return home. The EF-2 tornado that hit Tuesday afternoon destroyed homes and property in the northwest corridor of the city. Homeowners want to get in and assess the damage, but city officials say to keep out.  KERA’s Jacqueline Fellows reports.

The City of Forney is crediting its emergency warning network with saving lives when a tornado touched down Tuesday.

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City leaders and weather experts will inspect Dallas-area locations where tornadoes damaged hundreds of homes.

The national weather service says at least four twisters touched down in North Texas yesterday. KERA’s Shelley Kofler has more about what they left behind.