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The drought finally broke for Texas ranchers late last year. The range and pasturelands on which cattle graze began to recover. Then came the spring. In Cameron, about 140 miles northwest of Houston, the rain began falling at the start of May — and didn't stop all month.

There have been at least two dozen deaths from recent flash flooding in Texas.

Some of those helping state teams search for flood victims work in UT-Southwestern’s emergency medicine department.

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The Trinity River in Dallas surged 12 feet above flood level Friday. It’s expected to crest at 43 feet Friday night. And that’s brought a surge of spectators to the Continental Bridge.

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Update, Saturday morning: A second person has died in the Dallas area following Friday's storms and flooding.

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One of the worst traffic snarls stopped vehicles at a flooded section of Loop 12 under Interstate 30 in West Dallas.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: record-setting rain for Texas; a shark fin ban is in the works; Jordan Spieth is at the Byron Nelson; and more.

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Authorities on Wednesday ordered the evacuation of about 350 homes west of Fort Worth because the swollen Brazos River was expected to flood the area.

Updated at 4:38 p.m. ET

Storms continued to move through Texas and Oklahoma, bringing tornadoes and dumping torrential rains that led to deadly flooding.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling the flood damage in the central part of his state "absolutely devastating."

Abbott flew over parts of the Blanco River Monday, a day after storms triggered flooding. The hardest-hit communities were Wimberley and San Marcos. Abbott added 24 counties to the disaster declaration he issued earlier this month to help communities overwhelmed with heavy rains and tornado damage.

The high water forced Peggy Wilborn — and her neighbors — from their homes in Wimberley.

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North Texas is soaked – and we’re getting more rain.

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As you drive into the city of Van from the west, the mailbox is hard to miss. It says “Storms.”

Several tornados skipped across Wise, Denton and Cooke counties Thursday night. A freight train derailed during the storm early Friday morning. Seventeen cars piled up on the track and four railroad workers were hurt, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

It’s not over yet. The area is in store for a lot more rain, thunder and lightning. One Denton County woman says, she’s ready for round two.

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A severe storm system that swept across parts of North Texas brought numerous reports of tornadoes, damage to buildings, large hail and several inches of rain.

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The storms have passed through North Texas, but the National Weather Service says more severe weather could be coming Sunday and Monday.

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[We've updated this story.] Keep your eyes to the skies this evening. Severe weather is possible.

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Update, 2:39 p.m.: The warnings and watches have passed -- for now. But the National Weather Service says there's a slight chance for severe weather for Dallas-Fort Worth through this evening.

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Most North Texas school kids reveled in their third day off in the last two weeks Thursday -- with spring break coming for many next week. But those days off create headaches for districts trying to reschedule snow and ice days.

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Update, 5:06 p.m. Thursday: Schools are starting to announce they will be open Friday. Fort Worth ISD says it will be open tomorrow.

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Many strange, alien creatures are popping up across North Texas today -- snowmen. Mix three inches of fluffy snow with a day off from school or work and add some sunshine and you've got a recipe for a beautiful day to make snowmen. 

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Update, Saturday night: Organizers have canceled Sunday's Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth due to the recent blast of winter weather. The half-marathon is still on -- it starts at 8 a.m. Sunday. 

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Snow has been falling across Dallas-Fort Worth through the morning, and a winter weather advisory remains in effect for North Texas until noon Wednesday. 

Move over sleet: Here comes the snow. We're watching the skies overnight for snowflakes. 

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With ice in the rear-view mirror and snow arriving Wednesday morning, North Texas road crews are gearing up for another round of winter. Three big techniques help make roads passable: chemicals, “brine” and the old standby -- sand.

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The winter blast dumped sleet on North Texas, shutting down scores of schools and snarling traffic Monday. More winter weather is expected by Tuesday night -- and some school districts are already canceling school for a second day. 


Your toes may be numb and your lips chapped, but the cold isn’t all bad for your health. Here are three things to appreciate about cold weather.

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Update, 5 p.m. Sunday: The cancelations have begun. DFW International Airport reports that it canceled 160 flights today, mostly evening flights that could be affected by plunging temperatures and freezing rain changing to sleet. Half of DFW's flights tomorrow are already canceled.

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When you look back on the trends of 2014, one thing’s clear. Flora and fauna were in.

The Dallas Arboretum saw record breaking attendance last year, up 34 percent from the year before.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: more on the Irving-area earthquakes; a wintry mix is on the way for some areas; Dallas Cowboys’ Jethro Pugh dies; and more.

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The New Year will bring a mix of wintry precipitation to parts of North Texas.

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Neat video alert: This stunning video of Dallas above the fog is making the rounds on the Internet.