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August 12, 2003

Tonight In North Fort Worth

Tonight I make an exception in the weblog. For the first time in its nearly 6 months online, there will be no links in an entry. Very strong thunderstorms rolled across much of Fort Worth and Dallas around 9 p.m. I was noticing what seemed to be the largest downpour, wind and lightning show I’d ever seen. It subsided, and as I looked around from my top-story bedroom window, I noticed a fairly small fire on the top of a roof in the subdivision next to us — just two blocks away. I called the TV station I work for and asked if they knew about it and they said, “The one on Kimbell?” An elderly couple’s new two-story home was struck by lightning and reportedly burned to the ground about 10 homes away. Thankfully, no one was injured as far as we know… Another home caught fire (only minor damage) just 5 homes away and fire crews are still at the scene of both. The smell of smoke is in the air, and dozens of us neighbors gathered outside our newly built homes, some of us meeting one another for the first time. All of this was happening during a power outage and amid surrounding storms. The power is back, but another storm is approaching. Very surreal.

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