JARRELL, Texas (KXAN) - The people of Jarrell have some sense of what Moore, Okla., is going through.
Next week marks the 16th anniversary of the tornado that stormed through this Williamson County town that left much of it leveled and took the lives of 27 people. Years earlier, the town was also hit by a twister.
School was out for the day when the tornado hit on May 27, 1997. But the schools built in the growing community since then have safety features built in if another tornado hits. There are fewer windows to cut down on flying debris and sturdier walls surrounding saferooms to help withstand wind.
"We allot five square foot per student within the safe environment to make sure everybody has a spot within the safety zone," said architect Jarrod Sterzinger. "The same design is part of their new elementary school built - and will be incorporated into the new middle school about to be built right here."
Editor's note: The Jarrell tornado struck on Tuesday, May 27, 1997. The video reports the wrong day of the week.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.