KDDD News 3-17-21 Winter Storm

A very dynamic storm system will affect lasting through the day Wednesday.

The possibility of severe weather exists for the eastern Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle late tonight with the approach of the storm system. Main threats will be large hail and damaging winds, and we never rule out the possibility of an isolated tornado.

That threat should move out the area fairly quickly, and then our attention turns to the wintry aspect of the storm.
Strong northerly winds of 30-35 mph gusting 55-60 mph will be very likely, making travel on east to west roads difficult and will drop wind chill values into the upper teens and low 20’s.

Couple these winds with one to three inches of snowfall, and near blizzard conditions will be present for most of the panhandles.  Three to five inches of snow will be possible in the northwest Panhandles

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A federal Judge ruled that the City of Stratford and two of its police officers will not be held responsible for the death of a man who was shot and killed while fleeing from police in a car.

Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk had dismissed the case filed by Darion Baker’s family that said police had violated his constitutional protection from unreasonable force.

Law enforcement is protected by a special immunity that puts more responsibility on those suing to prove violation of established law and a lack of reasonableness.

Court documents say Baker was driving a stolen car to his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, when he stopped at a Pilot Travel Center in Stratford on February 28 of 2018.

The policeman was suspicious and tried to engage with him, but Baker started to drive away. The policeman shot into the car, striking Baker in the back.

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Congressman Ronny Jackson has joined a Democratic colleague in filing a bill to provide aid for agriculture producers in Texas after winter weather swept through the state in February.

Wednesday, Jackson and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D – Texas) announced the Rehabilitating Economic Success Through Overcoming Rural Emergencies or RESTORE Act.

The bill authorizes payments from the Department of Agriculture’s WHIP+ program to cover natural disasters in 2020 and 2021, something lawmakers approved for disasters back in 2018 and 2019.

Jackson, who co-chairs the Texas Agricultural Task Force, said the weather left the state with more than $600 million in agricultural losses alone.