KDDD News 10-12-21

We are well into autumn now but it appears that a spring like weather system will move into our area today with the potential for some severe thunderstorms. While much of the area will be behind the dry-line and simply warm and windy, areas east of Amarillo will see increasing moisture which will make storm activity possible.

The most favored time will be late afternoon into the evening hours. Some of the stronger storms may be hail producers, along with the threat of strong and damaging winds. A tornado or two can not be ruled out. Dumas and Moore County are right on the Western edge of the storm front.

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In a press release sent out Monday night, Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order for COVID-19 vaccines mandates.

Governor Abbott issued an executive order stating that no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by any individual, including an employee or consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.

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Xcel Energy’s Texas customers are receiving notices in the mail outlining the company’s regulatory filing and plans to invest in grid modernization, including information on advanced metering technology that will enable more efficient outage restoration and pave the way for new products and services that will allow customers to have more data to manage their energy usage and keep their bills low.

The approval process could take several months, and Xcel Energy does not expect to begin installing new metering technology until 2023.