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Highs in the lower 90s today
Another sunny and hot day with highs in the lower 90s and a light westerly wind 5-15mph. Clear sky tonight with lows in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Dryline move back in our area with a chance for storms this weekend, some severe. Wind speeds gusty Saturday 15-25mph. We continue with highs in the 80s and lower 90s both days.
Virtual commencement ceremony for Tech grads
Texas Tech is holding its virtual commencement ceremony tomorrow morning, starting at 9. It will feature individual recognition of all graduates. The commencement speaker, Super Bowl Champion Patrick Mahomes.
Today, the governor is allowing bars and wine tasting rooms to resume services, at limited capacity
Some bars, opened up right away at midnight this morning like "Rewind" and "The Blue Light" in the Depot District. The goal is to start figuring out how to deal with new rules from the state, like no sitting at the bar. When asked why they were opening up as soon as they could, the manager of Rewind said traditional wine tasting at bars and wineries won't be back, until mid-June. There are restaurants, however, that are doing them now.
The City of Lubbock confirms 11 new cases of the coronavirus - the most in a single day this month
That's 650 cases since mid-March. There are 177 active cases now. The city hasn't reported a new death since May 11. Another eight people have recovered from a confirmed case. The city's now passed 14,000 tests - a little more than 6% have come back positive. We have links to more details on testing, infection and recovery rates here.
Governor Abbott is mandating testing at all state supported living centers and state hospitals
Every patient, resident and staff member at the state's 23 facilities will be tested for COVID-19. That includes the state-supported living center here. The governor says it'll help prevent the centers from becoming "hot spots" and protect fragile populations. These facilities serve 4,700 patients and employ 18,000 Texans. As of Wednesday, the state reports 161 patients have tested positive across the state with 107 recoveries and 10 deaths.
With early voting for primary runoff elections set to begin at the end of June, elections are going to look different
They have gotten off course and since they aren't back-to-back-to-back like a usual even year, Dorothy Kennedy with the elections office says that's a concern when it comes to voter turnout. Kennedy says more changes could be made even closer to that June 29th date for early voting for primary runoff elections and her office is more than prepared.
Roofers getting slammed with calls after Wednesday night's massive hail across Lubbock
With the widespread damage, contractors estimate there will be 50,000 plus insurance claims filed. The GM of CT Roofing says his staff is receiving 3 to 4 calls every 10 minutes. Because of the severe storms West Texas gets, roofs don't last as long here. It's recommended scheduling a free roof inspection and replacing your roof every 10 years. Contractors say hail damage is not typically visible from the ground, so reaching out to a professional to check it out is the safest, most effective option.
Thousands of homes lost power during the severe weather
LP&L reports the storm knocked out power to nearly 2.500 homes in South Lubbock. Across town, someone crashed into a light pole near another power station. That caused outage numbers to rise to more than 5,000. Linemen were able to restore power to north and central Lubbock within half an hour. But homes and businesses including us at FOX34 in the south part of the city went without electricity for almost two hours.
President Trump says he's close to finishing a hydroxychloroquine regimen
That's the drug the president announced he's taking to help protect him from COVID-19. He toured a Ford motor plant in Michigan that had been repurposed to manufacture ventilators. Although Ford requires masks, the president refused to wear one publicly, only putting one on for the private tour. He said he didn't want the media to see him in a mask. The president also said he's being tested regularly for COVID-19. The president also said there could be an announcement in the coming weeks about a possible COVID-19 vaccine.
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