Good morning and Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
Fog and a chance for showers
Dense fog advisory until 11 am with visibility less than half of a mile for much of our area. A chance for showers then storms developing going through the morning and into the afternoon. Storms have the potential to be strong to severe with risk including large hail and damaging wind. High near 68, southeast wind 10-18 mph becoming southwesterly in the afternoon.
Lubbock city leaders declare a targeted disaster
They emphasize this a preventative measure and there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus here, although there have just been three tests reported. The city now banning all social gatherings of more than 200 people but there are exceptions including schools, the airport and bus stops. The City of Lubbock won't disconnect any power or water service during this crisis until further notice. South Plains Electric Co-op is following suit. You still have to pay your bill. These temporary holds on disconnects help keep the lights on but doesn't stop the balance from accumulating.
Person in Littlefield weeks ago tests positive
The City of Littlefield reports a person visiting the Texas Civil Commitment Center there, in the past two weeks has since tested positive for the coronavirus. This was not a person from here. It's not known whether that person got the virus before or after visiting the center. Contact was limited to 19 employees in the administrative area only. They've all been restricted from the center.
Texas Tech has canceled all of its May-mester and summer study abroad programs
And President Lawrence Schovanec says Tech employees with the ability to work from home may do so with the approval of their supervisor. Some jobs require workers to be on campus and they're encouraged to follow CDC guidelines on health and safety.
Governor Abbott is waiving STAAR testing requirements for this school year
He's asking the Federal Education Department to take similar action. 230 schools in the Dallas ISD closed indefinitely on Monday due to coronavirus concerns.
Dallas and Houston ordering the closing of bars and clubs
Dallas officials prohibiting community gatherings of more than 50 people and ordered gyms and theaters closed for seven days. In Houston, restaurants will be limited to takeout for 15 days.
Alamo Drafthouse becomes the first movie theater in Lubbock to close because of coronavirus
In a posted message to customers, the movie theater chain announced it's closing all locations across the country except one in Virginia. All showtimes canceled, and tickets are being refunded. To try and assist as many staff members as possible, the theater's working with the emergency assistance foundation to expand and streamline the Alamo family fund in order to be able to respond to the increased need for emergency assistance by those affected.
Look Around Lubbock: Christ the King Cathedral School
Meredith Aldis is with these students as they learn how to garden. It's for kids K-12th grade.
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