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It’s Not Real Relief From This Heat, But Maybe It Will Help.

The Summer of 2011 has gone down in the record books as the hottest and most dry one-season period for the state of Texas.

We will probably reach a record of 100 degree days in East Texas and the forecast calls for more of the same for at least the next 2-3 weeks.

I know that a number of area folks are offering up daily prayers in the hope of getting some relief...until that happens maybe a few pics of the Winter of 2010 will help. 

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Yikes! Lightning Strikes Man’s Yard During Freak Storm in Scary Amateur Video

Mike Akers was visiting his parents in Queens, NY, when a freak storm swept through the area on Monday night, bringing thunder, lightning and baseball-sized hail.

In this amateur video, which aired on ‘Today,’ Akers filmed from the relative safety of his parents’ porch when, suddenly, lightning struck in the front yard and smashed a tree to pieces.

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Tropical Storm Don Set To Make Landfall Tonight

Here's the latest on Tropical Storm Don as of 10am, July 29th according to the National Hurricane Center.

Don has maximum sustained winds of 50mph and is moving west northwest at 15mph.  The center of circulation is located about 190 southeast of Corpus Christi.

It looks like Don will make landfall sometime near midnight tonight just South of the Corpus area. 

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‘It’s Raining, It’s Pouring, Danny Merrell Is Snoring’ [VIDEO]

OK, Danny Merrell isn't really snoring, but it is pouring and thundering in Lufkin! This much-needed rain got everyone at the office to stop working for a quick minute and cheer - who knew we would get this excited for a little rain?

I shot a couple of videos from around the studio, trying to capture the dark skies, heavy rain, strong winds, deafening thunder and bright lightning. Does this mean I have too much time on my hands?

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Politician Almost Struck By Lightning As He Criticizes NJ Governor Chris Christie [VIDEO]

New Jersey State Senate President Stephen Sweeney has been feuding with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over the state's budget for some time. During their battle of words, Sweeney has called Christie a "punk" and a "bully," admitted he'd like to 'punch in the head," and then refused to apologize for these remarks.

But when Sweeney began to criticize Christie during a recent interview with a local Fox affiliate, something happened that may cause him to reconsider that apology.

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Massive Dust Storm Swallows Phoenix [VIDEO]

Phoenix, Arizona looked like a scene from an apocalyptic summer blockbuster Tuesday night after a massive dust storm engulfed the city and its surrounding areas.

The dust cloud appeared to be 100 miles wide and was moving between 50 and 60 miles an hour.

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Texas Drought Now Considered A Disaster

The dry spell continues, as high temperatures and dry winds cause one of the worst droughts in decades.

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Freak Bounce House Accident Injures 13 [VIDEO]

A group of bounce houses became a house of horrors over the weekend on a soccer field in Long Island.

Strong winds propelled three of the houses into the air Saturday at the Oceanside United Soccer Club, injuring 13 people, including some children who were inside the playhouses.

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Lightning Strike Just A Few Yards Away [VIDEO]

When threatening weather moves in, more and more folks are NOT running for cover, but instead, running for the camera.

As this video shows, running for cover in a lightning storm is probably the best advice

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What City Is Most Overdue For A Hurricane?

Tornadoes have captured much of the nation's attention this year, but hurricane season is not too far away, so Americans should be prepared for the possibility of devastating storms, even if you think there's no way one will come to your town.

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Waterspouts Form Off Australian Coast [VIDEO]

Mother Nature threw Australian residents a curve ball Monday when four waterspouts, well, sprouted off the New South Wales coast.

Cameras caught the stunning - and admittedly scary-looking - event, which occurred just north of Sydney. (A local news station claimed the spouts reached upwards of 600 meters, or nearly 2,000 feet.)

Check out video footage of the waterspouts after the jump.

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5 First-Person Tornado Videos From Joplin, MO [GRAPHIC LANGUAGE]

The tornado that slammed Joplin, MO on May 22, like the others around the country recently, has resulted in stunning first-person video accounts. With the popularity of video capability on smartphones (not to mention digital cameras) we are now not only seeing the damage closer than ever, but we are also seeing what it's like to wait for the storm, then experience it.

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