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From The Newsroom: Why The Tornado Count Has Increased; A School Needs Rebuilding

Joyce Marshall/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Jake Trice steps on the outer wall and the rubble of his third grade classroom at Donald T. Shields Elementary School in Glenn Heights, in Ellis County.

The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Saturday’s tornado count has climbed to 12. The National Weather Service says the two additional tornadoes were both EF-0s that touched down in Hillsboro and Maypearl.

“Sometimes these tornadoes will lift off the ground and then come back on the ground,” meteorologist Ted Ryan said. “Either a new one will form or the same one will come back down on the ground. When they don’t have a continuous path they count as separate tornadoes. So even though the same storm produced four or five tornadoes, every time it lifted off the ground for any length of time, it counts as a new tornado.”

The weather service had originally confirmed nine tornadoes. A tenth was confirmed in Farmersville. Ryan says the meteorologists are wrapping up their investigation, but can’t rule out whether more tornadoes will be confirmed in the coming days.

Other stories this morning:

  • Shields Elementary in the Red Oak school district was one of the buildings damaged in the storms. Now, hundreds of volunteers are racing to clean up an old junior high school in time for classes Tuesday.
  • Our Big Screen team talks about the highlights from this year’s film festivals in North Texas.

Photo: Joyce Marshall/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:20 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM. 

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.