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Small plane crash in Georgia leaves 2 dead, debris on highway

Two people were killed after a small plane crashed near a highway in Georgia on Saturday, leaving debris across the roadway.

The incident happened Saturday afternoon in Coweta County near the town of Senoia, located about 35 miles south of Atlanta.

Investigators told FOX5 the Mustang 2 aircraft crashed in the woods about a half-mile from the Big T Airport.

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“It may have been trying to go there, but we don’t know,” Chon Terrell, battalion Chief for Coweta County Fire Rescue, told FOX5.

Images from investigators obtained by FOX5 showed the debris in a wooded area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said that all lanes of Georgia 16 westbound at Tinsley Way were blocked due to the crash. Drivers were asked to use an alternate route if possible for several hours.

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Investigators in Georgia were out through nightfall on Saturday to process the crash site and debris field.

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Debris was located on George State Route 16 after the crash. (FOX5)

“We found some at a body shop on the roof,” Terrell told FOX 5. “We’ve secured that and it will be taken care of tomorrow morning.”

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The National Transportation Safety Board said that the federal agency is now investigating the crash.

Officials have not yet identified the pilot and passenger.

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Cold weather in Florida brings chance of ‘iguanas falling from the trees,’ forecasters warn

It’s chilly with a chance of falling lizards.

Temperatures in South Florida dropped so low Wednesday morning that forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Miami warned residents to be on guard for falling iguanas.

“This isn’t something we usually forecast, but don’t be surprised if you see Iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s,” the NWS Miami wrote on Twitter. “Brrrr!”

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The sunshine state was seeing the coldest temperatures in almost a decade on Wednesday morning with freeze warnings posted throughout the state, according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean.

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Florida was seeing the coldest temperatures since 2009 on Wednesday morning, bringing the threat of iguanas falling from trees, according to forecasters. (Fox News)

“It is so cold in Florida, they are setting record temperatures and you know they’re afraid of the iguanas falling off the trees,” Dean said on “Fox & Friends.” “They don’t freeze, they don’t die, but they do kind of go into a state of hibernation, it’s crazy.”

The low temperatures stun the invasive reptiles, but the iguanas won’t necessarily die. That means many will wake up as temperatures rise Wednesday.

Eric Blake, a scientist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, shared a photo Wednesday morning of an iguana that appeared to be stunned on the ground.

Green iguanas are an invasive species and are not native to the Sunshine State, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Iguanas aren’t dangerous or aggressive to humans, but they damage seawalls, sidewalks, landscape foliage and can dig lengthy tunnels. The males can grow to at least 5 feet long and weigh nearly 20 pounds.

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Female iguanas can lay nearly 80 eggs a year, and South Florida’s warm climate is perfect for the prehistoric-looking animals.

Iguanas are native to Central America, tropical parts of South America and some Caribbean islands.

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It’s not the first time that residents in South Florida have spotted stunned lizards out on the pavement. Temperatures that dipped into the 40s in January 2018 resulted in photos and videos of the lizards immobilized by the cold weather, FOX13 reported at the time.

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Biologists say these iguanas chew through power lines, causing power outages, and they destroy sea walls. (Elina Shirazi/Fox News)

Iguanas are allowed to be kept as pets in Florida but are not protected by any law except anti-cruelty to animals. They’ve been in South Florida since the 1960s, but their numbers have increased dramatically in recent years.

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Warmer conditions are expected after the cold temperatures that have reached as far as Florid this week. (Fox News)

While Miami saw its coldest temperatures in nine years on Wednesday, it was only a brief taste of winter before warmer conditions return.

“This is the last day of the real cold and then things are going to start to moderate,” Dean said on “Fox and Friends.” “We want the iguanas to be OK.”

Fox News’ Elina Shirazi and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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North Carolina students flee as mircoburst rips school’s roof off, injuring 3

Students at an elementary school in North Carolina were forced to run for their lives after severe storms moving through the area Monday spawned a microburst that tore apart the building’s roof and wall, injuring three people.

The National Weather Service’s Office in Raleigh said Tuesday that a team confirmed a microburst damaged the Union Intermediate School in Sampson County. It was reported shortly after 1:30 p.m. Monday, with estimated peak winds of 80 to 85 mph.

“We were playing basketball, and it just sounded like something exploded in there,” Chloe Brewer, a fifth-grade student at the school, told WRAL-TV.

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Brewer was one of 21 students in the gym at the time the storms rolled through the area about 40 miles southeast of Fayetteville.

“I just turned around and was looking at the stage, and it just collapsed,” she told WRAL-TV. “And then we started running, and something hit me from behind, and I fell down. And then the glass started breaking.”

Video released Tuesday by the school district shows students playing in the gym before running away as the roof begins to fall in.

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Students can be seen running as the roof begins to fall in when a microburst hit the area. (Sampson County Schools)

A section of a wall and stage also sustained major damage as the roof collapsed.

Brewer and two other students were taken to the hospital for injuries, but were released by Tuesday.

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Principal Dondi Hobbs told WRAL-TV that if the storms had struck Tuesday afternoon, the gym would have been filled with up to 450 students for an assembly.

According to the NWS, microbursts are a column of sinking air within a thunderstorm smaller than 2.5 miles wide. The strong surge of air spreads out in all directions upon hitting the ground; the area where the microburst hits first gets the highest winds and greatest damage.

“Microbursts can cause extensive damage at the surface, and in some instances, can be life-threatening,” the NWS states.

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Officials in Sampson County said that due to storm damage, the school was closed Tuesday and Wednesday for students as cleanup was underway.

Wendy Cabral, a spokeswoman with Sampson County Schools, told CBS17  officials are confident the building can be rebuilt.

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Crop duster sprinkles holy water down on Louisiana town

A Roman Catholic church in Louisiana used an unusual method to spread blessings all over town on Sunday: a crop duster.

Members of St. Anne Church in Cow Island loaded 100 gallons of the blessed liquid onto the plane to be sprayed on the surrounding town and nearby farms, according to a Facebook post by the Diocese of Lafayette.

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Members of St. Anne Church in Cow Island in Louisiana gathered over the weekend to bless 100 gallons of water to be sprayed onto a town and nearby farms via crop duster. (Diocese of Lafayette Facebook)

Cow Island is located about 160 miles east of New Orleans. The unincorporated community is in Vermilion Parish.

Parishioners also brought water from their homes to the airstrip to be blessed by Rev. Matthew Barzare.

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Rev. Matthew Barzare blesses 100 gallons of water on an airstrip. (Diocese of Lafayette Facebook)

The social media post had been shared more than 500 times as of Monday afternoon. Some commentators requested a visit by the blessed crop dusters to their towns.

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A crop duster was loaded with 100 gallons of holy water to be sprayed onto the town of Cow Island, La., and nearby farms.  (Diocese of Lafayette Facebook)

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The blessing was the idea of L’Eryn Detraz, a Cow Island native who serves as a missionary in Ohio, the diocese said.

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On Thanksgiving, elk with love of apples gets tangled up in North Carolina man’s hammock

An elk in western North Carolina caused quite the commotion on Thanksgiving.

Jim Beaver says he gets visitors often, mainly elks who eat apples in his yard and play with his red hammock.

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“They can be really quiet; we often will be sitting on the porch and look up and see 4-6 of them having quietly wandered in the yard to eat apples,” Beaver told  WLOS-TV.

This time, a visitor came and couldn’t quite leave.

Multiple news outlets reported that Jim Beaver told the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday that an elk was stuck in his yard with its antlers tangled up in a hammock.

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In this Nov. 28, 2019, photo provided by Jim Beaver, an elk stands stuck with a hammock in Beaver’s yard in Maggie Valley, N.C. on Thanksgiving. (Jim Beaver via AP)

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Beaver said he didn’t free the elk himself, in case the animal decided to attack.

So he called the cops.

The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook said Cpl. Ken Stiles climbed onto the roof, cut the hammock and freed the animal.

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Cpl. Ken Stiles climbed onto the roof, cut the hammock and freed the elk. (Haywood County Sheriff’s Office)

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But not for long: apparently a love of apples is to blame.

Beaver told WLOS-TV that the elk, with pieces of the red hammock still in its antlers, has returned to the house a few times to feast.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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South Carolina boy, 10, was shot dead by friend handling gun: sheriff

A South Carolina sheriff’s office investigating the Nov. 15 death of a 10-year-old boy said Monday that the child was accidentally shot in a friend’s mobile home as the friend was handling a handgun.

Dylan Twitty’s family had been demanding answers about his death since he was found on the ground between two mobile homes bleeding from a gunshot wound to the chest by a boy who had just gotten off a school bus, according to reports.

“After extensive work over the last 11 days investigators have determined that the victim in this case was killed by another ten-year-old male child during the handling of a 9 mm pistol inside a mobile home,” the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

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Dylan Twitty, 10, was a fifth-grade honor student, who was recently inducted into his school’s Beta Club because of his grades. (Delia Twitty)

The mother of the boy who pulled the trigger was charged Nov. 19 with neglect for leaving her son home alone, according to the news release.

The sheriff’s office says the mother kept the gun under a mattress and her son took it out.

“The boys were playing in the living room of the home, and the pistol discharged one time while the child who lived in the home was handling it,” the news release said.

Investigators spoke to the child twice — once on the night of the incident and again on Nov. 22.

During an interview with Fox News, Dylan’s mother said investigators told her that after the shooting, the other boy dragged Dylan out of the home and left him where he was found.

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Delia Twitty, 44, said she was told that the boy then went back into the house and cleaned up the blood.

“It’s a very sad, tragic thing,” she said.

Dylan was a fifth-grader at Erwin Elementary School in Lancaster, where he was a straight-A student.

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Twitty said her son had just been inducted into the Beta Club at Erwin because of his grades.

She told the Lancaster News last week that Dylan wanted to be a police officer when he grew up.

“He was always telling me stuff like, ‘Make sure you put your seatbelt on,’” she told the paper. “He had such a good sense of right and wrong, and he just wanted everybody to do the right thing.”

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Georgia teenage girl planned knife attack at predominantly black church, police say

A teenage girl in Georgia was arrested after an alleged plot was discovered by her classmates last week to attack a mostly black church by using knives on worshippers because of their race, according to officials.

The Gainesville, Ga., Police Department said on Tuesday the white, 16-year-old girl, who has not been identified, planned to attack the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, located in the northern part of the state.

The plot was revealed when Gainesville High School students told administrators on Friday the 16-year-old had a notebook with “detailed plans” to kill worshippers at the church, according to Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish.

“The student who immediately reported this to school officials saved lives,” Parrish said at a news conference on Tuesday. “She had written down how she wanted to do it, the best way to do it. She had procured some butcher knives, kitchen knives to do the attack with.”

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After police were notified by school officials when the threat was verified, the 16-year-old girl was taken into custody and charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, the police chief said. She’s being held in a youth detention center in Gainesville.

While details of the alleged plot have yet to be released, Gainesville Police said their investigation indicated “the church was targeted by the juvenile based on the racial demographic of the church members.”

Gainesville is about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta and is a city of just over 40,000 people, about 17 percent of whom are African-American.

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This Nov. 19, 2019 photo shows the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Ga., where officials said a 16-year-old was planning a knife attack on worshippers. (Nick Bowman/ Gainesville Times via AP)

Bethel AME is a predominantly black church and is part of the same family of churches as the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Nine black church members, including a senior pastor and a state senator, were killed on June 17, 2015, when white supremacist Dylann Roof opened fire during Bible study.

Roof later told FBI agents he had hoped the killings would start a race war.

Rev. Dr. Michelle Rizer-Pool, who leads the congregation at Bethel AME, said the teen girl visited the church last Wednesday, which is usually a Bible study night, according to FOX5.

Rizer-Pool, who has pastored the church and its approximately 40 members since June 2018, said the congregation recently celebrated 118 years of service in the community.

“When I found out I drove to the church, went inside it and prayed and anointed my church and asked God to put a hedge of protection around us,” she told the AP in a phone interview on Tuesday. “That was on Friday. On Sunday, I tried to relay what was going on without a lot of emotion so that the congregants would remain calm …

“You know, I’ve been preaching for a while now about being on the battlefield, being a soldier in God’s army and that if you believe that God is in charge, he won’t allow hurt or harm to come your way. One of my members told me, ‘You’ve been getting us ready.’ I guess I have.”

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Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, the Presiding Bishop of the 6th Episcopal District of AME Church, said Tuesday he’s worried after the incident, adding there is “great concern among AME” if the denomination has a target on its back.

“We are glad that Bethel Gainesville did not have Bible study last Wednesday night,” he said at a news conference.

Authorities in Gainesville said they have stepped up patrols around the church in the wake of the incident.

“They have already stepped up and assured me it would be a continual, not something that fades away,” Rizer-Poole told reporters.

The South has a long history of black churches being bombed, burned and shot up.

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Besides the killings by Roof, the white son of a sheriff’s deputy was arrested in April and accused of setting fires that destroyed three black churches in rural Louisiana. Holden Matthews is awaiting trial on arson and hate crimes charges in the Louisiana church burnings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida pastor accused of sexually abusing minor kills himself, police say

Florida pastor and popular Christian radio host who was recently charged with sexually abusing a teenage girl has killed himself, authorities say.

Bryan Fulwider, 59, was pronounced dead in his home late Sunday, Altamonte Springs police told the Orlando Sentinel. The pastor and former ‘Friends Talking Faith’ co-host had been out on bail since Oct. 17.

The Medical Examiner’s Office for Seminole County ruled Fulwider’s death to be a suicide. Fulwider was arrested earlier this month after a young woman told investigators he sexually abused her for years while he was her pastor.

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Bryan Fulwider was facing multiple sex abuse charges when he killed himself.  (Orange County Sheriff’s Office )

The alleged abuse began in 2014 when the victim was 14 and Fulwider was the senior minister at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park. He faced multiple charges and could have been sentenced to life in prison if convicted.

“Fulwider’s day in court will never come because he knew all the truths I could tell,” the woman wrote in a statement published by the Sentinel.

Fulwider co-hosted the weekly “Friends Talking Faith” on Orlando radio station WMFE.

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His attorney, Jacob Stuart Jr., said his client denied the allegations. He criticized the way Fulwider was portrayed in the media, legal system and in the community saying that his client was not treated by the standard of “innocent until proven guilty.”

“This was not the case when it comes to Reverend Fulwider, especially when the ‘charges’ were measured against his innocence and when the salacious sensationalism of the accusations were compared to the facts,” Stuart said. “Reverend Fulwider’s rights were denied.”

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Severe weather that spawned Dallas tornado moves east, 1 killed by falling tree in Arkansas

A line of potent thunderstorms responsible for the powerful tornado that tore through parts of Dallas late Sunday has moved east, blasting the region with strong winds and leaving at least one person dead after a tree fell on an Arkansas home early Monday.

The National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center said numerous showers and thunderstorms were expected to continue throughout the day along the Mississippi River Valley southward to the Gulf Coast ahead of a cold front.

“There will be enough instability ahead of the front across parts of the Deep South to support the development of some strong to severe thunderstorms on Monday, and there may be additional strong storms over the Southeast U.S. on Tuesday,” the NWS said.

The strong to severe thunderstorm threat from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley brings the threat of large hail, damaging winds, heavy rain, and possible tornadoes, according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean.

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The area of possible severe weather stretches from the Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley. (Fox News)

“We had a tornado yesterday in Dallas, Texas it came overnight, last night. We have the threat for severe weather today, again,” Dean said on “Fox & Friends.” “Just be aware we could see the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms, know what to do if there is a watch or warning.”

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In Arkansas, one person was killed just after midnight after a tree fell on a home in Rogers, located about 150 miles northwest of Little Rock, according to an NWS report.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson also confirmed the death on Twitter, saying “significant storm damage” was reported in the northwest part of the state.

The storms, which struck the Dallas area late Sunday, moved through Arkansas in the early morning hours on Monday, triggering several tornado warnings while damage was also reported in the northeast corner of the state. Tornado warnings were in effect Monday morning in far eastern Arkansas near the Mississippi River as the storm system moved to the east.

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The storm system continues to move east, bringing the threat of severe weather stretching from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf Coast. (Fox News)

Damage was also reported in Oklahoma and Missouri, and tens of thousands of customers in the Memphis area were without power after the storms moved through, FOX13 reported.

In Dallas, many people spent Monday assessing the damage after the tornado struck the northern part of the city.

The twister touched down around 9 p.m. near Love Field Airport in North Dallas before moving northeast through the city, knocking out power for thousands. The tornado’s path took it through the Walnut Lane area of Dallas before it moved through sections of Garland, Richardson, Rockwall and Sachse.

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This Oct. 20, 2019 image made from video by Twitter user @AthenaRising shows the tornado in Rockwall, Texas. (@AthenaRising via AP)

In the Royal Lane area, Jeff Nguyen told FOX4 his children were upstairs when tornado sirens began blaring. Nguyen said his wife was trying to make it up the stairs when the tornado began to blow their roof off and “threw her back down the stairs.”

“I kind of pushed her down and got past her and got upstairs. My son was up in his bed with the covers over him. The window blew out and flew into the side of his bed,” he told FOX4. “If he didn’t have a bunk bed I don’t know where it would have landed on him. But that probably saved him.”

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Extensive damage in the Dallas area can be seen after a tornado late Sunday. (FOX4)

Aerial footage from FOX4 showed the extent of the damage throughout the region, including several homes with their roofs ripped off.

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The tornado was reported around 9 p.m. Sunday, and caused extensive damage in the northern part of the city. (FOX4)

Power lines throughout the region were down, and a Home Depot on Forest Lane near the Central Expressway also had serious damage. The store’s manager told FOX4 he saw the severe weather reports and sent most of his employees home early.

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Extensive damage to a Home Depot in the Dallas area can be seen after a tornado tore through the region late Sunday. (FOX4)

The manager told FOX4 he sent the last few employees home and closed up about 30 minutes before the tornado caused part of the building to collapse.

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Damage to Dallas Fire Rescue’s Station 41 can be seen after the tornado. (Dallas Fire-Rescue )

Dallas Fire Rescue’s Station 41 on Royal Lane near the Dallas North Tollway was almost completely destroyed by the twister. Photos released by the department showed the roof is gone and the walls are damaged, but officials said that no firefighters were hurt.

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There were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries early Monday, according to a release from the city of Dallas, but Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told the Associated Press that three people were hospitalized for evaluation of non-life-threatening injuries.

Search teams were set to begin a second round of efforts at daylight, according to Evans, who told the AP that crews have responded to “everything from power lines down to fallen trees to people being injured inside of their homes by broken glass.”

The storm’s fury was captured on social media, with one video showing debris flying around.

Damage within Dallas is limited to an area bordered by Royal Lane to the north and Northwest Highway to the south, as well as Harry Hines Boulevard to the west and Interstate 75 to the east — essentially, northwest Dallas, according to Evans. Video of the twister showed electrical flashes as it moved northeast, bringing down power lines.

Nearly 140,000 electric customers were without power in Texas as of 4 a.m. Monday, according to Oncor’s online outage map. The electric utility said storms across East Texas had caused significant damage to power lines.

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Mayor Eric Johnson said the city of Dallas opened the Bachman Recreation Center with the help of the Red Cross. The shelter will be open for anyone who was displaced by the storm, remains without power or needs help. The Red Cross is assessing if additional shelters need to be opened.

Citing extensive damage to campuses, the Dallas Independent School District canceled Monday classes at six schools.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida wildlife officials capture 18-foot, 98-pound Burmese python

Officials in South Florida captured a record-breaking 18-foot, 4-inch Burmese python in Big Cypress National Preserve last month as part of an ongoing effort to remove the invasive species from the Sunshine State.

Cynthia Downer and Jonathan Lopez of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Python Action Team (FWC PAT) captured the 98-pound, 10-ounce female snake on Sept. 22, the commission announced Friday.

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Cynthia Downer and Jonathan Lopez brought in a 98-pound, 10-ounce python from the Big Cypress National Preserve. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

It is the largest snake ever caught by the team and the largest captured at the Big Cypress preserve. It’s also the second-largest python ever caught in the wild in Florida and just four inches short of being the longest wild python ever captured in Florida.

According to Fox 13 Tampa, the largest python ever caught in Florida was captured in 2013. That female python was over 18 feet, 8 inches long and weighed 128 pounds.

“Capturing large adult females is critical because it prevents them from potentially adding an average of 30 to 60 hatchlings to the population each time they breed,” the FWC said in a statement.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Python Action Team caught its largest snake last month. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

“These snakes, coupled with the thousands removed by our partners at the National Park Service and the South Florida Water Management District, make a significant impact to protect Florida’s native wildlife,” FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton said in a statement. “With leadership from Gov. Ron DeSantis, we are committed to working with our partners […] to accomplish our goal of removing pythons from our beautiful state.”

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Environmentalists say Burmese pythons are responsible for killing deer, alligators and other important wildlife in the state. Their presence in the wild is the result of the snakes escaping or being released from homes where people keep them as pets.

The FWC also announced Friday that its Python Action Team had captured its 900th Burmese python on Sept. 24 in the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area in Miami-Dade County. That snake weighed just a quarter of a pound and measured just over two feet long.

The public can help by reporting snake sightings online, using the app “IVEGOT1” or by calling the state’s Exotic Species Hotline at 888-IveGot1 (888-483-4681), the commission added.

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