Tropical Storm Colin threatens a wet holiday weekend for Carolinas

Tropical Storm Colin threatens a wet holiday weekend for Carolinas

RALEIGH, N.C. — Tropical Storm Colin formed along the South Carolina coast on Saturday, bringing the threat of rain and high winds for a day or two during the holiday weekend before improving for Monday’s July Fourth celebrations. The National Hurricane Center in Miami warned of the possibility of localized flash flooding along the Carolinas coast through Sunday morning. At 8 a.m. EDT, the storm’s center was about 25 miles west-southwest of Myrtle Beach, South…

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BREAKING NEWS: NC 4th of July Festival Events cancelled for Saturday due to Tropical Storm Colin

BREAKING NEWS: NC 4th of July Festival Events cancelled for Saturday due to Tropical Storm Colin

July 2, 2022 Tropical Storm (Photo: NASA/MGN Online) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Tropical Storm Colin has forced officials with the NC 4th of July Festival to cancel events scheduled for Saturday. The system quickly developed in the early morning hours off the coast of the Carolinas, prompting tropical storm warnings along the North and South Carolina coast from Charleston, SC to Duck, NC. There is a high risk of rip currents and winds gusts…

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Tropical Storm Colin forms on South Carolina coast

Tropical Storm Colin forms on South Carolina coast

The tropical storm formed roughly 50 miles southwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tropical storm warnings have been issued for portions of the South Carolina and North Carolina coasts after Tropical storm Colin forms near the South Carolina coast early Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center. The tropical storm formed roughly 50 miles southwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with maximum sustained winds of…

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Tropical storm Colin forms near South Carolina coast

Tropical storm Colin forms near South Carolina coast

The tropical storm formed roughly 50 miles southwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tropical storm warnings have been issued for portions of the South Carolina and North Carolina coasts after Tropical storm Colin forms near the South Carolina coast early Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center. The tropical storm formed roughly 50 miles southwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with maximum sustained winds of…

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Independence Day Heightens Wildfire Risk

Independence Day Heightens Wildfire Risk

As Texans make plans to celebrate the Fourth of July with picnics, grilling, camping and fireworks, Texas A&M Forest Service asks everyone to be careful with any outdoor activity that may cause a spark. Approximately 90% of wildfires are caused by humans and their activities, and Independence Day is one of the top days for reported wildfires. With current drought conditions across most of the state, the public is encouraged to help protect Texans by preventing wildfires. …

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Could Tropical Storm Bonnie bring rain to South Texas? Here's the forecast for the July 4th weekend

Could Tropical Storm Bonnie bring rain to South Texas? Here's the forecast for the July 4th weekend

The potential tropical cyclone moving across the Caribbean Sea has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Bonnie and is expected to make landfall in South America. More:Hurricane season 2022: Here’s everything you’ll need to be prepared in South Texas Tropical Storm Bonnie, the first named system of the season, will likely make landfall Friday night causing heavy rains, flash flooding and mudslides in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, according to the National Hurricane Center. Bonnie is forecast to become…

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Tropical Storm Bonnie forms in Caribbean Sea

Tropical Storm Bonnie forms in Caribbean Sea

The second tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season formed in the Caribbean Sea on Friday morning. According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Bonnie is located about 250 miles east of Nicaragua and about 150 miles north of Panama. As of 9:15 p.m. Friday, it had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and was moving west at 18 miles per hour. The storm is slowing down as it moves toward Nicaragua…

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Flooding, pollution more likely to occur in Houston minority communities

Flooding, pollution more likely to occur in Houston minority communities

File photo. Flooding during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. A new study found that Houston’s minority communities will likely face more flooding and industrial pollution over the next three decades compared to other parts of the area. Areas such as East and South Houston, the Second Ward and Magnolia Park are particularly vulnerable. These communities are subject to a one-two punch of flooding and pollution, caused by the mixing of land-based contamination and floodwaters. Rice University…

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Flooding and pollution in minority communities, and the impact of minority-owned businesses (June 30, 2022)

Flooding and pollution in minority communities, and the impact of minority-owned businesses (June 30, 2022)

Houston Matters begins at 9 a.m. CT on 88.7FM or listen online. Join the discussion at 713-440-8870, talk@houstonmatters.org or @HoustonMatters. On Thursday’s show: Increased flooding across the country is exposing more people to industrial waste, especially those in minority communities, according to new research from Rice University. And the problem is expected to get worse. Also this hour: How big an impact do minority-owned businesses have on the Greater Houston economy? A recent report from…

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A disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico could become a tropical storm. Here's what to know.

A disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico could become a tropical storm. Here's what to know.

An area of low pressure over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico could potentially become a tropical depression, bringing much-needed rain to the Texas coast. Hurricane season began June 1, and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration predicted another above-average Atlantic season.  More:Hurricane season 2022: Here’s everything you’ll need to be prepared in South Texas The National Hurricane Center is monitoring three disturbances that could become the first named system of the season: Bonnie.  Tropical depression, rainfall possible…

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Tracking the tropics: When and where the next Atlantic hurricane or tropical storm will form

Tracking the tropics: When and where the next Atlantic hurricane or tropical storm will form

Tracking the tropics 2022 | Your source for hurricane and tropical storm watch updates Staying ahead of current tropical storms and hurricanes is crucial. Not only do you have to be prepared for any damage that might occur, but you mentally and physically need to be ready for whatever happens next. Staying ahead of the curve means knowing every upcoming storm and how it is tracking. The WRAL Severe Weather Center is tracking the tropics…

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Activity In Tropics Emerges As Next Big Hurricane Could Send Gas Prices To “Apocalyptic” Levels [VIDEO]

Activity In Tropics Emerges As Next Big Hurricane Could Send Gas Prices To “Apocalyptic” Levels [VIDEO]

Three tropical disturbances are being closely monitored for development in the Atlantic as fears mount that above-average storms could wreak havoc on oil/gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico and send gas prices at the pump to “apocalyptic” heights.  “The lull in the tropics has come to an end as we’re now watching three different areas for development from the Gulf of Mexico to the central Atlantic,” The Weather Channel reports.  The first system is an area…

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Fire crews taking on new strategy to fight still uncontained wildfire in Hyde County

Fire crews taking on new strategy to fight still uncontained wildfire in Hyde County

By Keenan Willard, WRAL Eastern NC reporter PONZER, N.C. — More than a thousand acres of land in Hyde County are still burning today, five days after the Ferebee Road fire began. Emergency crews have launched a new effort to knock down the fire, which has been only 12% contained since Wednesday. A spokesperson for the NC Forest Service said 1,088 acres were burning as of Friday afternoon due to the brush fire, which was…

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Hurricane kit for your pet: Here's a list of what you'll need when a storm is heading toward Houston

Hurricane kit for your pet: Here's a list of what you'll need when a storm is heading toward Houston

Don’t wait until there’s trouble brewing in the Gulf to prepare your pet. You should have a hurricane kit ready to go for them too. HOUSTON — During hurricane season, it’s important to prepare in advance as much as possible. And that applies to four-legged family members too. During Hurricane Harvey, thousands of people and their pets were rescued from flooded neighborhoods.  Other animals were separated from their families during the chaos and ended up in…

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Hurricane kit for your pet: Here's a list of what you'll need when a storm is brewing

Hurricane kit for your pet: Here's a list of what you'll need when a storm is brewing

Don’t wait until there’s trouble brewing in the Gulf to prepare your pet. You should have a hurricane kit ready to go for them too. HOUSTON — During hurricane season, it’s important to prepare in advance as much as possible. And that applies to four-legged family members too. During Hurricane Harvey, thousands of people and their pets were rescued from flooded neighborhoods.  Other animals were separated from their families during the chaos and ended up in…

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Crowds flock to Yellowstone as park reopens after floods

Crowds flock to Yellowstone as park reopens after floods

By MATTHEW BROWN and AMY BETH HANSON, Associated Press WAPITI, Wyo. — Throngs of tourists gleefully watched the legendary Old Faithful geyser shoot towering bursts of steaming water while others got stuck in “bison jams” on picturesque valley roads as visitors returned Wednesday for the partial reopening of Yellowstone National Park after destructive floods. Park managers raised the gates at three of Yellowstone’s five entrances for the first time since June 13, when 10,000 visitors…

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Climate change a factor in 'unprecedented' South Asia floods

Climate change a factor in 'unprecedented' South Asia floods

By ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL and AL-EMRUN GARJON, Associated Press SYLHET, Bangladesh — Scientists say climate change is a factor behind the erratic and early rains that triggered unprecedented floods in Bangladesh and northeastern India, killing scores and making lives miserable for millions of others. Although the region is no stranger to flooding, it typically takes place later in the year when monsoon rains are well underway. This year’s torrential rainfall lashed the area as early as…

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South China floods force tens of thousands to evacuate

South China floods force tens of thousands to evacuate

By The Associated Press BEIJING — Major flooding has forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in southern China, with more rain expected. Parts of the manufacturing hub of Guangdong suspended classes, office work and public transport amid rising waters and the threat of landslides. In the neighboring province of Jiangxi, almost 500,000 people have seen damage to their homes and their lives uprooted. Roughly the same number have been affected in Guangdong,…

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Yellowstone's flood damage could cost billions and take years to rebuild

Yellowstone's flood damage could cost billions and take years to rebuild

Yellowstone National Park is celebrating its 150th anniversary as it faces its biggest challenge in decades. YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Created in 1872 as the United States was recovering from the Civil War, Yellowstone was the first of the national parks that came to be referred to as America’s best idea. Now, the home to gushing geysers, thundering waterfalls and some of the country’s most plentiful and diverse wildlife is facing its biggest challenge…

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Yellowstone flooding rebuild could take years, cost billions

Yellowstone flooding rebuild could take years, cost billions

June 21, 2022 Yellowstone flooding rebuild could take years, cost billions (Photo: Yellowstone National Park) Yellowstone National Park is celebrating its 150th anniversary as it faces its biggest challenge in decades. Floodwaters that tore through the park this week destroyed potentially hundreds of bridges, washed out miles of roads and drove out more than 10,000 visitors. The scope of the damage is still being tallied by Yellowstone officials, but based on other national park disasters,…

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Two brothers died in a crash near Lockhart on their way back from fighting wildfires

Two brothers died in a crash near Lockhart on their way back from fighting wildfires

Two brothers, who were both members of the Maxwell Community Volunteer Fire Department (MCVFD), died on their way back from fighting a wildfire in Lockhart on Monday afternoon, June 20. Around 2 p.m., Assistant Fire Chief Jonathon Coco, 25, and firefighter Hunter Coco, 20, were driving a brush truck back to the firehouse when their vehicle rolled over on Hwy. 20 near San Jacinto Boulevard in Lockhart. MCVFD spokesperson Samantha Lucas says a driver failed…

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Wildfires bring both destruction and benefits

Nearly 11,000 acres were charred in the Mesquite Heat Wildfire. The trees will take some time to recover, but grass and other native plants will regrow here quickly. Texas is facing an intense wildfire season, with already over 200,000 acres burned so far. Of course, wildfires can have devastating consequences for people, agriculture and the environment. But they also bring some positive ecological effects. The Mesquite Heat fire, off of State Highway 277 scorched nearly…

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Power restored for most residents, damage still a concern after severe weather in the Triangle

Power restored for most residents, damage still a concern after severe weather in the Triangle

By Monica Casey, WRAL Durham reporter Raleigh, N.C. — Since Friday thousands of Triangle residents have been dealing with power outages and damage in the aftermath of severe weather. On Saturday morning, more than 40,000 people in the Raleigh area woke up without power. As of Saturday afternoon, the number of customers without power in the Raleigh area was down to just under 20,000. Around 2,800 were still without power as of Sunday around 9…

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Power restored for most residents, damage still a concern after severe weather pummels the Triangle

Power restored for most residents, damage still a concern after severe weather pummels the Triangle

By Adam Owens, WRAL anchor/reporter Raleigh, N.C. — Since Friday thousands of Triangle residents have been dealing with power outages and damage in the aftermath of severe weather. On Saturday morning, more than 40,000 people in the Raleigh area woke up without power. As of Saturday afternoon, the number of customers without power in the Raleigh area was down to just under 20,000. Around 2,800 were still without power as of Sunday around 9 a.m….

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Parts of Yellowstone National Park to reopen after historic flooding

Parts of Yellowstone National Park to reopen after historic flooding

June 19, 2022 (CBS) — Portions of Yellowstone National Park will reopen beginning next week, the National Park Service announced Saturday. The news comes several days after historic flooding destroyed houses, water systems and roads in the area and forced the park to close. The park’s south loop will have limited service beginning Wednesday at 8 a.m., the park service said. The north loop will remained closed until further notice. In a statement Saturday, the park service said it expects…

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Spain, Germany battle wildfires amid unusual heat wave

Spain, Germany battle wildfires amid unusual heat wave

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain — Firefighters in Spain and Germany struggled to contain wildfires on Sunday amid an unusual heat wave in Western Europe for this time of year. The worst damage in Spain has been in the northwest province of Zamora where over 25,000 hectares (61,000 acres) have been consumed, regional authorities said, while German officials said that residents of three villages near Berlin were ordered to leave their homes because…

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Yellowstone River flooding is a 1 in 500-year event, USGS says; National Park to partly reopen

Yellowstone River flooding is a 1 in 500-year event, USGS says; National Park to partly reopen

HELENA, Mont. — The devastating flooding that occurred along the Yellowstone River this week constitutes a 1 in 500-year event, according to a US Geological Survey (USGS) news release. Unprecedented rain and rapid snowmelt in recent days have caused rivers in parts of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho to burst their banks, swallowing bridges and sweeping away entire sections of roadway. More than 10,000 visitors to Yellowstone National Park have been forced to evacuate. All entrances…

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'Like hurricane-level damage': Thousands remain without power, cleanup to last days after severe weather

'Like hurricane-level damage': Thousands remain without power, cleanup to last days after severe weather

By Adam Owens, WRAL anchor/reporter & Maggie Brown, WRAL multiplatform producer Raleigh, N.C. — A band of severe thunderstorms brought down trees and knocked out power to thousands across the Triangle on Friday evening. Residents went to bed on Friday night without power in both Wake and Durham counties. Many of those same families woke up this morning still without power. On Saturday morning, more than 40,000 people in the Raleigh area were waking up…

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Oberlin Village Heritage 5K canceled due to storm damage at Dix Park

Oberlin Village Heritage 5K canceled due to storm damage at Dix Park

Raleigh, N.C. — The City of Raleigh said Friday evening that Saturday’s Oberlin Village Heritage 5K at Dix Park has ben canceled due to damage at the park from Friday’s storms. The city said Friday’s severe weather brought down multiple trees and power lines and rendered the race course area unsafe. The city said this was not a decision they take lightly, but do consider this a safety issue. It is unclear at this time…

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City of Corpus Christi Hurricane Preparedness Free Sandbag Distribution Events

City of Corpus Christi Hurricane Preparedness Free Sandbag Distribution Events

The Corpus Christi Public Works Department will partner with military volunteers from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi to offer free pre-filled sandbags to residents. There will be two events for residents to obtain sandbags. The first event will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (or until all sandbags have been distributed). On this date, residents can pick up sandbags at Waldron Field (3746 Waldron Road) or the City Service…

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Researchers want to hear your 'tornado tale' to improve weather warnings

Researchers want to hear your 'tornado tale' to improve weather warnings

By Brian Shrader, WRAL meteorologist Patti Clapper was watching WRAL-TV the afternoon of April 16, 2011. From her home near Holly Springs, she listened to meteorologists Mike Maze and Nate Johnson as they tracked the largest one-day tornado outbreak on record in North Carolina. “I heard Nate start mentioning streets,” Clapper said. “I heard him say the street right down the street from me.” She called her children downstairs and looked out the window. “I…

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Family displaced by Hurricane Katrina finds new community in Texas Special Olympics

Family displaced by Hurricane Katrina finds new community in Texas Special Olympics

DEER PARK, Texas — Brenda and Rick Spencer found out that their daughter Ainsley, now 30, had Down syndrome the day she was born. They called it “one of the hardest days of our lives,” remembering the feelings of anxiety from not being able to see their baby until 14 hours after the birth. Ainsley spent 10 days in the NICU before her parents could finally bring her home. They explained that the first few…

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Michigan baby formula plant forced to halt production due to severe weather, power outages: ABC News

Michigan baby formula plant forced to halt production due to severe weather, power outages: ABC News

STURGIS, Mich. — Less than two weeks after restarting production at their beleaguered Sturgis, Michigan plant, Abbott says they have once again been forced to halt production at the facility — after heavy rain, thunderstorms, hail, power outages and flood damage ravaged the area, ABC News first reported. “These torrential storms produced significant rainfall in a short period of time – overwhelming the city’s stormwater system in Sturgis, Michigan, and resulting in flooding in parts…

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City of Corpus Christi Hosts Hurricane Evacuation Exercise

City of Corpus Christi Hosts Hurricane Evacuation Exercise

What:  Emergency Evacuation Training Exercise When:  Friday, June 17              2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Where: Corpus Christi Gym               3202 Cabaniss Parkway, 78415 Who:    City of Corpus Christi              Texas Division Emergency Management              Regional Transit Authority              Corpus Christi Independent School District              Salvation Army              American Red Cross              211 Texas              Functional Needs Support Team CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Representatives from the City of Corpus Christi, Texas Division of Emergency Management and local…

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TxDOT completes Aransas Pass storm wall drill in preparation of hurricane season

TxDOT completes Aransas Pass storm wall drill in preparation of hurricane season

In preparation of hurricane season, the Texas Department of Transportation conducted a drill to install a section of the storm surge wall in Aransas Pass on Tuesday. Aransas Pass has a levee system on the east side of town as protection from rising water during a hurricane. Highway 361 creates an opening in the levee system. The TxDOT drill involves closing that gap with a surge wall barrier, a news release stated. More:Hurricane season 2022: Here’s…

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Brunswick Electric continues preparations for hurricane season, runs tabletop exercise

Brunswick Electric continues preparations for hurricane season, runs tabletop exercise

June 14, 2022 SUPPLY, NC (WWAY) — This afternoon, Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) completed its annual hurricane tabletop exercise to simulate its response to severe weather. During the exercise, employees reviewed and discussed the actions they would take during a hurricane, testing their emergency plan. The tabletop exercise was used to clarify roles and responsibilities, and to gauge the effectiveness of BEMC’s severe weather preparedness. “As the season starts, we conduct hurricane exercises and…

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Yellowstone officials assess damage after historic floods

Yellowstone officials assess damage after historic floods

By AMY BETH HANSON, Associated Press HELENA, Mont. — A torrent of rain combined with a rapidly melting snowpack caused a deluge of flooding that forced the evacuation of some parts of Yellowstone National Park, cutting off electricity and forcing park officials to close all entrances indefinitely, just as the summer tourist season was ramping up. While numerous homes and other structures were destroyed, there were no immediate reports of injuries. Yellowstone officials said they…

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Western wildfires force evacuations in Arizona, California

Western wildfires force evacuations in Arizona, California

By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The northern Arizona city of Flagstaff is synonymous with mountains — lush with ponderosa pines, meadows and hiking trails that are a respite from the desert heat. Now, parts of them are burning yet again this year, fueled by winds that grounded air resources Monday. Fire crews were anticipating more moderate winds Tuesday and throughout the week, which could help them get a better handle on the…

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Yellowstone flooding sweeps away bridge, washes out roads

Yellowstone flooding sweeps away bridge, washes out roads

HELENA, Montana — Major flooding swept away at least one bridge, washed away roads and set off mudslides in Yellowstone National Park on Monday, prompting officials to close the entrances to the popular tourist attraction and evacuate visitors. The flooding hit after recent “unprecedented rains,” park officials said on Facebook. “Our first priority has been to evacuate the northern section of the park where we have multiple road and bridge failures, mudslides and others issues,”…

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City Hurricane Evacuation Exercise

City Hurricane Evacuation Exercise

  What: Emergency Evacuation Training Exercise  When: Friday, June 17, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Where: Corpus Christi Gym, 3202 Cabaniss Parkway, 78415    Who: City of Corpus Christi              Texas Division Emergency Management              Regional Transit Authority              Corpus Christi Independent School District              Salvation Army              American Red Cross              211 Texas              Functional Needs Support Team CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Representatives from the City of Corpus Christi, Texas Division of Emergency Management,…

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Hundreds turn out for 2nd annual Leland Hurricane Expo

Hundreds turn out for 2nd annual Leland Hurricane Expo

June 11, 2022 LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Hundreds of people turned out for the second annual Leland Hurricane Expo held at the town’s Cultural Arts Center on Saturday. Crowds filled the building to learn more about hurricane preparedness this season. The event featured speakers as well as several exhibits about insurance, flood zones and other important weather topics. Emergency Management Chief John Grimes says events like this one are very important “When we start getting…

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Local leaders in the Cape Fear to attend mayors summit on flooding

Local leaders in the Cape Fear to attend mayors summit on flooding

June 10, 2022 CAPE FEAR REGION, NC (WWAY) – Three Cape Fear leaders are expected to head to Washington, D.C. next week to talk with other leaders from across the country about flooding and rising sea levels. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, Burgaw Mayor Olivia Dawson, and Pender County Commissioner Jackie Newton will be attending the American Flood Coalition’s Mayors Summit. The three will join 22 other leaders, representing a population of more than 24.7 million…

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Rare bird alert: Tropical Storm Alex brings tropical bird to NC coast

Rare bird alert: Tropical Storm Alex brings tropical bird to NC coast

Ocracoke, N.C. — We may be able to thank the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season for carrying a rare sea bird to the North Carolina coast. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore posted a photo of the striking white and black seabird on Facebook, saying it is an “unusual visitor” normally found in the tropical open ocean. The Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) was spotted Tuesday on Ocracoke Island. Officials believe the effects of…

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Memories come flooding back: How lessons from history can help San Antonio manage stormwater

Memories come flooding back: How lessons from history can help San Antonio manage stormwater

On an evening in October 1998, a police sergeant pounded on the door of my family’s home. I watched as he issued an urgent request to my father to use our canoe. The policeman explained there had been a disaster in our city, and there were people who needed to be saved.  I watched as my family’s red Old Town canoe was marched to a convoy of flashing lights and pick-up trucks. Away the heroes…

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US House approves $31M 'Ike Dike' project to protect TX coast from hurricanes

US House approves $31M 'Ike Dike' project to protect TX coast from hurricanes

The U.S. House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would authorize federal agencies to begin planning for an estimated $31 billion coastal barrier project that spans thousands of miles of the Texas coast. The biggest chunk of the project is known as the “Ike Dike,” named after the destructive hurricane that rocked Galveston Island in 2008, a massive concrete gate system that would span a nearly 2 mile gap from Galveston Island to Bolivar…

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U.S. House approves massive $31 billion “Ike Dike” project to protect Texas coast from hurricanes

U.S. House approves massive $31 billion “Ike Dike” project to protect Texas coast from hurricanes

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. The U.S. House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would authorize federal agencies to begin planning for an estimated $31 billion coastal barrier project that spans thousands of miles of the Texas coast. The biggest chunk of the project is known as the “Ike Dike,” named after the destructive hurricane that rocked Galveston Island…

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How the federal government's disaster relief plan for Hurricane Harvey became a disaster of its own

How the federal government's disaster relief plan for Hurricane Harvey became a disaster of its own

A Texas Tribune investigation found that much of the $4 billion sent to Texas for Hurricane Harvey relief did not go to the areas most affected by the storm. HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — After Hurricane Harvey ravaged the state in 2017, Congress stepped up and allocated more than $4 billion toward disaster preparedness funding to Texas.   Well over half of that funding was earmarked for projects in areas damaged by Harvey’s wrath. But the…

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How the federal government's disaster relief plan for Hurricane Harvey became a disaster of its own accord

How the federal government's disaster relief plan for Hurricane Harvey became a disaster of its own accord

A Texas Tribune investigation found that much of the $4 billion sent to Texas for Hurricane Harvey relief did not go to the areas most affected by the storm. HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — After Hurricane Harvey ravaged the state in 2017, Congress stepped up and allocated more than $4 billion toward disaster preparedness funding to Texas.   Well over half of that funding was earmarked for projects in areas damaged by Harvey’s wrath. But the…

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Climate-driven flooding poses well water contamination risks

Climate-driven flooding poses well water contamination risks

ST. LOUIS (AP) — After a record-setting Midwestern rainstorm that damaged thousands of homes and businesses, Stefanie Johnson’s farmhouse in Blandinsville, Illinois, didn’t have safe drinking water for nearly two months. Flood water poured into her well, turning the water a muddy brown and forcing Johnson, her husband and their two young children to use store-bought supplies. Even after sediment cleared, testing found bacteria — including E. coli, which can cause diarrhea. The family boiled…

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