Metallica to donate $250k to West Coast wildfire relief

Metallica to donate $250k to West Coast wildfire relief

SAN FRANCISCO — The band Metallica tweeted Tuesday that they plan to donate $250,000 to aid in West Coast fire relief efforts as a part of their #MetallicaGivesBack campaign in which they participate in and donate to various charity events. “This is the fourth consecutive year, dating back to the formation of the foundation, that All Within My Hands has activated to support fire relief: the critical local services component of our mission. This year,…

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Hot, dry conditions stoke devastating California wildfires

Hot, dry conditions stoke devastating California wildfires

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Flames are devouring swaths of brush and trees in Northern California amid unseasonably hot and dry weather. High winds that spread new fires this week in the Napa and Sonoma wine country and in far northern California have been reduced to breezes but vegetation is still ripe for burning in high temperatures amid very low humidity. – Advertisement – The National Weather Service says Wednesday that the…

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Emerging East Pacific tropical storm to avoid Mexico, Hawaii

Emerging East Pacific tropical storm to avoid Mexico, Hawaii

Tropical Depression 18-E formed early Tuesday morning as it was spinning 670 miles south of the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. Although tropical activity in the Eastern Pacific has been taking a back seat compared to the Atlantic’s record pace, the basin has been active periodically and this week will be no exception. Tropical Depression 18-E formed early Tuesday morning as it was spinning 670 miles south of the southern tip of…

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Church members putting faith into action providing relief for Gulf Coast hurricane victims

Church members putting faith into action providing relief for Gulf Coast hurricane victims

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Several members of a New Hanover County church have returned home after spending several days in the Gulf Coast assisting residents impacted by Hurricane Laura. Last week, 10 members of Wrightsville Beach Baptist Church made the 15-hour trip to Alexandria, Louisiana, where they assisted 14 homeowners in need of help removing trees brought down by the powerful storm. They also assisted in putting tarps on three damaged roofs….

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Local firefighters heading to assist in California wildfires

Local firefighters heading to assist in California wildfires

There have been 29 wildfires reported from the Oregon border to just north of Mexico. ROUND ROCK, Texas — Three Round Rock firefighters are leaving Central Texas Friday to head to California, where crews are working to fight devastating wildfires across the West Coast. Lt. Matt Quade, Captain Jason Rutherford and driver Wayne Pietzsch, members of the Central Branch Strike Team, will be there for a minimum of two weeks. On Sept. 11, the Kyle…

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'They deserve a break' | Houston firefighters fly out to California to help exhausted crews battle deadly wildfires

'They deserve a break' | Houston firefighters fly out to California to help exhausted crews battle deadly wildfires

HOUSTON — More than 40 firefighters from the Houston area boarded plans Tuesday morning at Hobby Airport, joining thousands of emergency responders headed to northern California to fight the deadly wildfires. Southwest has agreed to waive fares for the 170 firefighters from Texas who are going to California today in support. That includes firefighters from Conroe, Montgomery and Humble and other local departments. Right now, there are close to 30 fires burning across the state…

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Strong to severe storms and isolated flooding likely Tuesday

Strong to severe storms and isolated flooding likely Tuesday

By WRAL Weather Raleigh, N.C. — Strong to severe storms and isolated flooding are likely Tuesday before a pattern of cooler fall air sets in for the first days of October. Some showers are possible southeast of Raleigh throughout Tuesday morning, but the Triangle will see mostly fog and drizzle. By Tuesday evening, storm chances increase. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, strong storms could move in as early as 6 or 7 p.m. “You…

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Schertz firefighters help battle California wildfires

Schertz firefighters help battle California wildfires

Fighting fires in the California wilderness are Schertz firefighters Carl Schultze (from left), Myron Boerger, Mack Melancon and Justin Schwersinske. Fighting fires in the California wilderness are Schertz firefighters Carl Schultze (from left), Myron Boerger, Mack Melancon and Justin Schwersinske. Photo: Photo Courtesy Schertz Fire Department Photo: Photo Courtesy Schertz Fire Department Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Fighting fires in the California wilderness are Schertz firefighters Carl Schultze (from…

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Risk for flash flooding, severe storms this week before cool weather moves in

Risk for flash flooding, severe storms this week before cool weather moves in

By WRAL Weather Raleigh, N.C. — Thunderstorms and isolated flooding are likely for the next few days before a pattern of cooler fall air sets in for the rest of the work week. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, there is a 30% chance for rain and storms by late Monday afternoon, and highs will be in the low 80s. On Tuesday, the viewing area is under a Level 1 threat for severe weather, with…

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Heat wave forecast for wildfire-scarred West

Heat wave forecast for wildfire-scarred West

A heat dome will bring days of record-challenging temperatures to portions of the West this week. A heat dome will bring days of record-challenging temperatures to portions of the West this week, exactly the opposite of what the wildfire-stricken region needs. The latest outlook from the United States Drought Monitor shows that 92% of the western United States is suffering from some extent of dryness, with over 50% in the severe to exceptional drought category….

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California wildfires burn down buildings, prompt evacuations

California wildfires burn down buildings, prompt evacuations

NAPA COUNTY, CA. — Several buildings were set ablaze in Napa County, California on Sunday, as crews battled wildfires in the area. A mandatory evacuation was issued for some residents around St. Helena. Some structures were reduced to their foundations by the fires, which were spreading fast through the county known for its vineyards. Firefighters used aircraft to drop fire retardant and water over the flames, and the U.S. Forest Service announced on Friday that…

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With Barely a Break For a Tropical Storm, Rice Students Continue to Protest Willy's Statue

With Barely a Break For a Tropical Storm, Rice Students Continue to Protest Willy's Statue

As Tropical Storm Beta approached Houston, a handful of Rice University student protestors weathered the rain outside in the school’s main quad, huddled under umbrellas and by the towering statue of the university’s founder, William Marsh Rice. While the students abided by the flash flood warnings and took the next day off, they were back out there the following day and every day since. The statue has been the site and cause of daily protests…

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Severe weather, flash flooding risks this week

Severe weather, flash flooding risks this week

By WRAL Weather Raleigh, N.C. — A cold-front moving into the region will bring heavy rain and even the potential for severe storms this week. ​Excessive rainfall could onset flooding across the viewing area Tuesday. Monday is going to be warmer than usual, with a high of 82 degrees. Then on Wednesday temperatures are back down again to 72 degrees, which is below the regular temperature for this time of year. Monday morning will start…

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Tornado warning, severe storms impact areas south and east of the Triangle

Tornado warning, severe storms impact areas south and east of the Triangle

Raleigh, N.C. — As part of the rain, storms and flash floods forecast for parts of NC this evening as the remnants of Beta pass over, a Tornado Warning was issued for Robeson County until 6:45 p.m. and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, and Moore counties until 7:15 p.m. Remnants from Beta will bring pockets of rain to us all evening on Friday. As of Friday afternoon, the Triangle…

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Eyewitness video shows apparent tornado on shore in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Eyewitness video shows apparent tornado on shore in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Frightening eyewitness video shows the moments an apparent tornado tore across the beach Friday afternoon in South Carolina. Footage from multiple angles shows beach umbrellas and other debris tossed through the air as the cell moved down the beach. The Myrtle Beach Fire Department said in a tweet that it happened around 74th Avenue N, adding that “there may be debris and other damage in the area.” They included photos of…

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Several road signs remain damaged nearly two months after Hurricane Isaias

Several road signs remain damaged nearly two months after Hurricane Isaias

Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You may have noticed some road signs are still down across the Cape Fear since Hurricane Isaias. Most of the impacted signs are fixed quickly, but a few have been damaged for months. – Advertisement – NCDOT says they repair the most important road signs first, and get to the others when they can. According to NCDOT division traffic engineer Jessi Leonard, the process relies heavily on…

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Confirmed tornado touches down in Myrtle Beach right along shore

Confirmed tornado touches down in Myrtle Beach right along shore

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A tornado touched down in Myrtle Beach Friday afternoon, local officials there confirm. The Myrtle Beach Fire Department published a photo of a thin tornado right along the shoreline of one of the state and nation’s most popular tourist destination. Other photos posted on Twitter and other social media platforms confirm that the funnel.  The twister apparently struck around 3:25 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The fire department said…

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Tornado Warning expires for Chesterfield County, South Carolina

Tornado Warning expires for Chesterfield County, South Carolina

A thunderstorm capable of producing A tornado was near McBee, South Carolina. MCBEE, S.C. — A tornado warning for Chesterfield County, South Carolina was allowed to expire at 4:30 p.m. Shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service had issued a Tornado Warning for Chesterfield County, South Carolina. The warning was prompted by a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado that was located near Bethune and moving northeast at 20 mph towards McBee….

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Tornado Warning issued for Chesterfield County, South Carolina

Tornado Warning issued for Chesterfield County, South Carolina

A thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is near McBee, South Carolina. MCBEE, S.C. — The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Chesterfield County, South Carolina. At 3:56 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Cassatt, or 13 miles northwest of Bishopville, moving northeast at 20 mph. The warning is in effect until 4:30 p.m. The tornado warning also includes a portion of Kershaw County, South Carolina….

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Flash flooding possible Friday during widespread, all-day rain

Flash flooding possible Friday during widespread, all-day rain

Raleigh, N.C. — Remnants from Beta will bring all-day rain to North Carolina on Friday, and much of the viewing area is under a risk for flash flooding. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, scattered showers are likely for the morning commute, then scattered showers and storms will stay with us on and off throughout the entire day. The heaviest rain will fall in the late afternoon. While some thunderstorms will be possible, severe weather…

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What records have been broken so far this hurricane season?

What records have been broken so far this hurricane season?

While this isn’t the most active hurricane season on record yet, it’s on pace to become it. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has been busy to say the least. Sometimes it feels like every week there’s a new record people are saying has been broken.  But exactly what records has it broken? And what is it on pace for? WHAT WE FOUND Currently, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is not the most active season on…

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Local church helps Hurricane Laura victims

Local church helps Hurricane Laura victims

Louisiana during Hurricane Laura (WWAY) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach Baptist Church headed to Alexandria, Louisiana yesterday to help Hurricane Laura victims. Pastor John McIntyre gathered together ten church volunteers and today they’ve been hard at work, cutting down trees and removing debris. – Advertisement – So far they’ve helped several homeowners and local business owners get back on their feet. When a tree fell on her insurance business, Bridgette Jackson says she…

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Rain, some flooding expected from Beta's remnants

Rain, some flooding expected from Beta's remnants

Raleigh, N.C. — Remnants from Beta will bring rain to much of North Carolina late Thursday and most of Friday. WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said Thursday will be a mostly cloudy day with scattered, light rain. The chance for rain rises from 20% Thursday afternoon to 50% by Thursday night as tropical moisture moves into our area. Our rain chances will increase Friday as the core of Beta’s remnants will move into central North Carolina….

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Watch state Rep. Sarah Davis and Democratic challenger Ann Johnson debate hurricane relief, flipping the House and more

Watch state Rep. Sarah Davis and Democratic challenger Ann Johnson debate hurricane relief, flipping the House and more

It’s one of about a dozen State House seats Texas Democrats are investing in heavily this cycle in an effort to flip control of the lower chamber for the first time in nearly 20 years. State Rep. Sarah Davis, a Houston-area Republican, is running to represent House District 134 for a sixth legislative session. Seen as a moderate, Davis prides herself on working across the aisle and not always aligning with her party on issues…

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Judge Hidalgo: Project Brays spared ‘hundreds, if not thousands’ of structures from flooding during TS Beta

Judge Hidalgo: Project Brays spared ‘hundreds, if not thousands’ of structures from flooding during TS Beta

Project Brays is a multi-year, $480 million project that includes more than 75 improvements spread across 31 miles. HOUSTON — Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Wednesday improvements to Brays Bayou spared easily hundreds of homes and businesses from flooding during Tropical Storm Beta. Judge Hidalgo spoke earlier that morning with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has been working with the county on the improvements. “There is light at the end…

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Warming Atlantic gives hurricanes more energy

Warming Atlantic gives hurricanes more energy

By Aimee Wilmoth, WRAL meteorologist The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is already the second most active on record with 68 days left to go. We have already had to use the Greek alphabet for names as we have exhausted all of the other names. The only other year we have done this is 2005. That was a record-breaking year with 31 tropical or subtropical cyclones and 27 named storms. 2020 is outpacing 2005. Beta became…

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Watch: Man rescued after boat caught in rough waters during Tropical Storm Beta

Watch: Man rescued after boat caught in rough waters during Tropical Storm Beta

On Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi aircrew rescued a man who was caught in rough waters from Tropical Storm Beta off the Port Aransas coast. On Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi aircrew rescued a man who was caught in rough waters from Tropical Storm Beta off the Port Aransas coast. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Sector / Air Station Corpus Christi Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Sector / Air…

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Trae The Truth and Relief Gang helping victims of tropical storm Beta

Trae The Truth and Relief Gang helping victims of tropical storm Beta

Trae the Truth, DJ Mr. Rogers and Relief Gang are out helping out families in need after flooding caused by Tropical Storm Beta. Trae the Truth, DJ Mr. Rogers and Relief Gang are out helping out families in need after flooding caused by Tropical Storm Beta. Photo: Trae The Truth Instagram Photo: Trae The Truth Instagram Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Trae the Truth, DJ Mr. Rogers and Relief…

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Mobile home community in northwest Houston hit with overnight flooding

Mobile home community in northwest Houston hit with overnight flooding

HOUSTON — Residents of a mobile home community in northwest Houston are waking up to clearer roads after the neighborhood was plagued Tuesday night with intense flooding. The Harris County Flood Control District confirmed at least 7 to 8 inches of rain was measured in the Trinity at Windfern mobile home park in the 9400 block of Windfern Road. Rain brought in by Tropical Depression Beta started about 11 p.m. and the flood waters began…

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Mobile home park in northwest Houston hit with intense overnight flooding

Mobile home park in northwest Houston hit with intense overnight flooding

HOUSTON — Residents of a mobile home community in northwest Houston are waking up to clearer roads after the neighborhood was plagued Tuesday night with intense flooding. The Harris County Flood Control District confirmed at least 7 to 8 inches of rain was measured in the Trinity at Windfern mobile home park in the 9400 block of Windfern Road. Rain brought in by Tropical Depression Beta started about 11 p.m. and the flood waters began…

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Beta updates: Flash Flood warning expires, Houston recovering from high water on key roadways

Beta updates: Flash Flood warning expires, Houston recovering from high water on key roadways

Here is the latest on the ongoing flood threat from Tropical Storm Beta, including the forecast, school closings and road closures. HOUSTON — Tropical Storm Beta made landfall over the Matagorda Bay Peninsula late Monday, but as of Wednesday, it is no more. Downgrading from a tropical depression to mere remnants, Beta is expected to cause light rain across southeast Texas as it slowly moves eastward. In Houston, flash flood warnings have expired and the…

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Tropical Depression Beta updates: Flash Flood warning expires, Houston still recovering from high water on roadways

Tropical Depression Beta updates: Flash Flood warning expires, Houston still recovering from high water on roadways

Here is the latest on the ongoing flood threat from Tropical Storm Beta, including the forecast, school closings and road closures. HOUSTON — Tropical Storm Beta made landfall over the Matagorda Bay Peninsula late Monday, but as of Wednesday, it is no more. It’s been down graded to a slow-moving depression that’s causing a light rain across Southeast Texas, especially in the Beaumont area. In Houston, flash flood warnings have expired and the city continues…

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List: Wednesday school closings due to street flooding caused by Beta

List: Wednesday school closings due to street flooding caused by Beta

Several Houston-area school districts will be closed again tomorrow because of the continued flooding threat from Beta. HOUSTON — These Houston-area school districts will close Wednesday, September 23, due to Tropical Storm Beta. Local school districts Houston ISD says their facilities and offices will remain closed on Wednesday, Sept. 23. District facilities are scheduled to reopen on Thursday, Sept. 24, pending road and weather conditions. At-home instruction will continue as scheduled as long as internet connectivity…

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Tropical Depression Beta updates: Flash Flood warning expires

Tropical Depression Beta updates: Flash Flood warning expires

Here is the latest on the ongoing flood threat from Tropical Storm Beta, including the forecast, school closings and road closures. HOUSTON — Tropical Storm Beta made landfall over the Matagorda Bay Peninsula late Monday, but as of Wednesday, it is no more. It’s been down graded to a slow-moving depression that’s causing a light rain across Southeast Texas, especially in the Beaumont area. In Houston, flash flood warnings have expired and the city continues…

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Homeowners in south Houston start cleaning up after Tropical Storm Beta

Homeowners in south Houston start cleaning up after Tropical Storm Beta

HOUSTON — Water actually came into homes in south Houston as rain bands from Tropical Storm Beta moved through the area Tuesday. However, they’re still waiting for the water to recede so they can start cleaning up. “When the water breached the door, the first place we noticed it came in was inside of the pool room,” said Patricia Sheets, who lives on Coastway Lane. “Within about 15 minutes, it was up to 5 inches…

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Some Meyerland area residents credit bayou project with helping contain flooding

Some Meyerland area residents credit bayou project with helping contain flooding

Brays Bayou in Meyerland dropped roughly five feet Tuesday afternoon after rains died down. This area got around 11 inches of rain over 24 hours. HOUSTON — Some residents of the Meyerland area and Harris County officials are crediting the widening of Brays Bayou and new bridges with helping keep the water down. The area was hit repeatedly by flooding, most recently during Hurricane Harvey. Flood gauges show Brays Bayou at Rice Avenue hit its…

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More than 100K gallons of wastewater spill in 5 Houston locations due to rainfall from Tropical Storm Beta

More than 100K gallons of wastewater spill in 5 Houston locations due to rainfall from Tropical Storm Beta

Houston Public Works said “intense, sustained, rainfall of greater than 10 inches in the last 24 hours” resulted in wastewater spills at five locations. HOUSTON — More than 100,000 gallons of wastewater spilled in five locations throughout Houston Tuesday after Tropical Storm Beta produced a significant amount of rain. Houston Public Works said “intense, sustained, rainfall of greater than 10 inches in the last 24 hours” resulted in wastewater spills at the following locations: 1424…

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Flood Warning Extended For Harris County As Beta Shifts Toward Northeast Houston

Flood Warning Extended For Harris County As Beta Shifts Toward Northeast Houston

In a Tuesday evening weather update, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said that while Tropical Depression Beta continues to move slowly out of our region, it will likely keep dropping rain on the Houston area for “about 12 more hours.” After south and southwest Houston were battered by heavy rainfall Monday night and through the early hours of Tuesday, Turner said Beta is now heading northeast. “We will reposition additional assets on the north [and] northeast,”…

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Some Meyerland area residents credit bayou project helping contain flooding

Some Meyerland area residents credit bayou project helping contain flooding

HOUSTON — Some residents of the Meyerland area and Harris County officials are crediting the widening of Brays Bayou and new bridges with helping keep the water down. The area was hit repeatedly by flooding, most recently during Hurricane Harvey. Flood gauges show Brays Bayou at Rice Avenue hit its highest level around 4 a.m. during heavy rains from Tropical Storm Beta early Tuesday. That’s still 4 feet below the level where the Flood Control…

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Tropical Depression Beta updates: Flash flood warning for Harris County until 11 p.m.

Tropical Depression Beta updates: Flash flood warning for Harris County until 11 p.m.

Here is the latest on the ongoing flood threat from Tropical Storm Beta, including the forecast, school closings and road closures. HOUSTON — After Tropical Storm Beta made landfall over the Matagorda Bay Peninsula late Monday, it parked over the Houston area and dumped enough rain to cause flash flooding in several areas. Beta is now a slow-moving tropical depression and the flood threat continues through midday Wednesday. 6:55 p.m. Tuesday Several Houston-area school districts will…

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Beta downgraded to a tropical depression, Flash Flood Watch continues for tonight

Beta downgraded to a tropical depression, Flash Flood Watch continues for tonight

Ongoing high water spots and more heavy rain likely tonight. Rain threat to end early on Wednesday HOUSTON — Tropical Storm Beta made landfall Monday night near the southern end of the Matagorda Bay Peninsula with sustained winds of 45 mph. As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Beta was a tropical depression, but despite no longer being a tropical storm the flood threat remains for Southeast Texas for at least the next 24 hours. Beta was…

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Teachers race to create last-minute lessons after Tropical Storm Beta forces Houston-area school districts to move classes online

Teachers race to create last-minute lessons after Tropical Storm Beta forces Houston-area school districts to move classes online

A number of school districts tapped into virtual learning options rather than cancel classes, which was the really only option before the pandemic. HUMBLE, Texas — The biggest messages of the day: stay off the road. That’s why a number of Houston-area school districts moved classes entirely online, at least for the day. It’s a last-minute swap made possible in a pinch because of the pandemic. So many families and school districts know how to…

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Pastor rescues man from floodwaters near Keegans Bayou during Tropical Storm Beta

Pastor rescues man from floodwaters near Keegans Bayou during Tropical Storm Beta

For the man trapped in floodwaters, clinging to an umbrella for a way out, his prayers were answered. HOUSTON — A driver whose SUV began floating away in Tropical Storm Beta floodwaters is safe thanks to a Houston-area pastor. Pastor Jaime Garcia spotted the man late Monday night near Keegans Bayou in southwest Houston. “Sir, you need some help?” Pastor Jaime Garcia asked the man whose car was trapped in floodwaters. “Guys, I’m going to…

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Latest on Tropical Depression Beta: Flash flood warning in Harris County till 7 p.m.

Latest on Tropical Depression Beta: Flash flood warning in Harris County till 7 p.m.

After a break from the rain this afternoon, Our KHOU 11 weather team says new bands of rain are moving in and they could bring trouble. HOUSTON — Tropical Depression Beta made landfall over the Matagorda Bay Peninsula around 10 p.m. Monday as a tropical storm with sustained winds of 45 mph. Later, it parked over the Houston area and dumped enough rain to cause flash flooding in several areas. The flood threat continues through…

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