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Brutal Storms Rip Through South and Midwest, Killing 3; Now Headed East

A very strong spring storm dumped ice and snow throughout the Midwest on Thursday, and tornadoes tore through much of the South. The storm is now heading for the East Coast.

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Storms Are the Story on Thursday

The same storm that is dumping huge amounts of snow in Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma today will bring the chance of violent weather to East Texas.

Gusty winds, hail, and even isolated tornadoes are possible in East Texas and Louisiana. 

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ANOTHER Earthquake in East Texas?

This makes three in one week.  An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.7 rattled East Texas Thursday afternoon.

Shelby County has seen a lot of tremors in the past several months, and it has some wondering if this is the new norm in Shelby County, and across East Texas.  

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With an 80 Degree Day Today, What’s Next?

The warm weather the past couple of days may be giving you spring fever, but you'll have to contain yourself for a little while.  Today's 80 degree high is not a sign that spring us already upon us, it's simply a sign that there will be thunderstorms because cooler weather is right behind it. 

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Dreaming of a Wet Christmas? Santa Delivers.

So it's not white. It's a wet Christmas.

The rumbles of thunder make it seem more like April than December, and if you're traveling today expect the rain showers to continue through tonight. If you're traveling north, the chances of seeing snowflakes increase.

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Busy Travel Weekend Ahead in Texas

By Monday and Tuesday we'll be sitting comfortably around the Christmas tree, sipping egg nog with family and trying to figure out how in the world a Furby really works.

In the meantime, it's a big ole traffic jam! Today and tomorrow are two of the busiest travel days of the year.

Triple A estimates 7.7 million Texans will be traveling more than 50 miles from home between Saturday and January 1. Millions of packages are on their way too, but they may not get here by Christmas.

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Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath: What Happened, What We Know Now [VIDEO]

This morning, much of the East Coast is picking up the pieces after the massive storm known as Hurricane Sandy swept through, leaving millions without power, causing untold economic damage, and killing at least 21 people. Flooding caused largely by enormous, unprecedented storm surges has crippled transportation routes and wreaked havoc on low-lying areas.

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Do We Need a New Hurricane-Rating System?

Weather-industry insiders feel that the Saffir-Simpson Scale, which rates hurricane strength on a scale of Category 1 (weakest) through 5 (strongest), is inadequate.

Some say changes need to be made, since the current system doesn't include enough information about the storm, that it only denotes wind speed. It reveals little detail about the tidal surge, which is what actually causes the most deaths and damage.

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