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Texas breaks temperature records amid triple-digit forecast – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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www.nbcdfw.com – Ken Miller – 2024-05-25 16:48:59

SUMMARY: Severe storms in parts of Oklahoma included risks of possible tornadoes, persisting into the night, while South Texas faced record-breaking heat with triple-digit temperatures over the Memorial Day weekend. The National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma likened conditions to a “gasoline-soaked brush pile” with potential for large hail, dangerous winds, and tornadoes. South Texas experienced extreme heat with heat indexes reaching up to 120°F, influenced by a heat dome. Red Flag fire warnings were issued in parts of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Colorado due to dry, windy conditions. Meanwhile, unusual snow fell in North Dakota. Climate change is increasing storm severity, with April marking the second-highest number of tornadoes on record in the U.S. The storm system was expected to move east, affecting states like Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia by Monday.

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Houston traffic delays: I-45 North Freeway bridge repairs begin Friday night, prompting major closures until Monday morning

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-06-21 14:21:30

SUMMARY: HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Repairs on the I-45/North Freeway bridge will cause multiple lane closures between Spring Cypress Road and Cypresswood Drive from Friday at 9 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m., impacting weekend plans. The Texas Department of Transportation Houston District advises finding alternate routes due to expected delays. The Diamond Lane (HOV) will reopen on Sunday at 4 a.m., and at least one lane will remain open during the initial work. The entrance ramp from Louetta Road will also close during this period. More information is available on Houston TranStar. Closures may change due to adverse weather.

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Austin IKEA store opens at the Domain, with a twist

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www.kxan.com – Jackson Evans – 2024-06-21 13:42:33

SUMMARY: IKEA has opened a new store in Austin's The Domain, marking its second location in the area. Unlike traditional IKEA stores, it features a “Plan & Order” format where customers can sit with experts to design, plan, and order products, which are then delivered or picked up locally. This approach aims to reduce overstocking and shipping, thus enhancing sustainability. The store is part of IKEA's broader expansion into Texas and will not accept returns. The “Plan & Order” format is also being introduced in other U.S. cities including Los Angeles and Atlanta. The store operates daily with varying hours.

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Mother and son killed when Missouri City officer T-boned their car while responding to robbery call, police say

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abc13.com – Lileana Pearson – 2024-06-21 12:45:59

SUMMARY: In Missouri City, Texas, a mother and son, identified as 53-year-old Angela Stewart and 16-year-old Mason Stewart, were killed when their car was hit by a police officer responding to a robbery call. The accident occurred on Mason’s 16th birthday. The officer, called to an ATM robbery, collided with the Stewarts’ vehicle. Mason had recently obtained his driver’s license. Witnesses reported a loud crash and the police cruiser catching fire. A person was found in the back of the police car hours later, raising questions as it goes against protocol. The officer was briefly hospitalized, and an investigation continues.

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