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North Texas storms knock out power, close schools

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DALLAS (AP) — Power outages after severe North Texas storms have closed dozens of schools and left at least two people slightly hurt when a dormitory roof was torn off.

Oncor reported about 178,000 homes and businesses without electricity Friday, mainly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. About 257,000 customers lost power at the height of Thursday’s storms packing winds of nearly 90 mph.

The Arlington Independent School District canceled classes Friday at all 75 campuses. The Dallas Independent School District, the state’s second-largest with more than 157,000 students, called off classes at 41 schools without power.

Officials with Arlington Baptist College say the roof of Lillian Norris Hall blew off during Thursday afternoon’s bad weather. A spokesman says a couple of students were treated for minor injuries from broken glass.


Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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