'It’s just been absolute hell' | Moving back into homes damaged by Watson explosion unknown

'It’s just been absolute hell' | Moving back into homes damaged by Watson explosion unknown

HOUSTON — It has been nearly 48 hours since an explosion at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing killed two people and injured nearly 20 others. The aftermath of the blast continued to affect residents in the Westbranch neighborhood on Saturday evening forced out their homes because of damage. Some of the homes on several blocks have been damaged to the point where many of the residents can’t stay there. KHOU Homeowners have done what they can…

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Heavy rains in Brazil cause flooding, landslides; 30 killed

Heavy rains in Brazil cause flooding, landslides; 30 killed

RIO DE JANEIRO — Two days of heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in southeast Brazil that have killed at least 30 people, authorities said Saturday. Civil Defense officials said 17 people are listed as missing and 2,600 were evacuated from their houses in Minas Gerais state, which has been buffeted by 48 hours of torrential rains. The death toll had stood at 11 earlier Saturday. Deaths were reported in the capital of Belo Horizonte…

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One dead after crash in Florence County

One dead after crash in Florence County

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Car crash (Photo: MGN) (WPDE) – Cpl. Sonny Collins of South Carolina Highway Patrol says one person is dead after a crash in Florence County. It happened on Highway 301, near Red Rd. Around 9:45 p.m. Friday, Collins says a Ford Fusion was headed north, when it ran off the right side of the road, and hit the rear of a commercial vehicle that was legally parked. – Advertisement…

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2 victims killed in massive explosion in northwest Houston identified; hundreds of homes damaged

2 victims killed in massive explosion in northwest Houston identified; hundreds of homes damaged

HOUSTON — Two people were killed early Friday in a massive explosion at an industrial site in northwest Houston. The two victims were apparently employees of the business there. A nearby resident was also taken to the hospital with unknown injuries and 18 people self-reported to emergency rooms with minor injuries, such as cuts and breathing issues, associated with the blast. The explosion at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing at 4500 Gessner was heard and felt…

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2 dead in massive explosion in northwest Houston; hundreds of homes damaged

2 dead in massive explosion in northwest Houston; hundreds of homes damaged

HOUSTON — Two people were killed early Friday in a massive explosion at an industrial site in northwest Houston. The two victims were apparently employees of the business there. A nearby resident was also taken to the hospital with unknown injuries and 18 people self-reported to emergency rooms with minor injuries, such as cuts and breathing issues, associated with the blast. The explosion at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing at 4500 Gessner was heard and felt…

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Australia wildfires: King High School students make cloth pouches for marsupials

Australia wildfires: King High School students make cloth pouches for marsupials

CLOSE A police officer in New South Wales, helped a kangaroo impacted by a wildfire raging in the area. Accuweather A sewing machine hummed as King High School junior Paige Hart guided layers of flannel and fleece under the needle. With soft fabric in maroon and pastel shades, she crafted a pouch Friday afternoon that would hold a young orphaned or displaced marsupial  affected by Australia’s relentless wildfires. The project, a collaboration between student council members…

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Alamo Heights High grad dies fighting wildfires in Australia

Alamo Heights High grad dies fighting wildfires in Australia

Paul Clyde Hudson, a 1995 Alamo Heights High School graduate, was one of three American firefighters killed in a plane crash while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia. Paul Clyde Hudson, a 1995 Alamo Heights High School graduate, was one of three American firefighters killed in a plane crash while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia. Photo: Coulson Aviation Photo: Coulson Aviation Image 1 of / 15 Caption Close Image 1 of 15 Paul Clyde Hudson, a…

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The latest: 2 killed, 200 homes damaged in massive west Houston explosion

The latest: 2 killed, 200 homes damaged in massive west Houston explosion

Maria Giraldo stands in backyard of her neighbor’s home in the 5400 block of Talina Way just one street east of Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, located at 4525 Gessner Rd., where an explosion occurred Friday, January 24, 2020 in Houston. At the home, the door blew off the hinges, most of the windows were broken and walls cracked from the explosion. less Maria Giraldo stands in backyard of her neighbor’s home in the 5400 block…

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Alamo Heights graduate among three killed fighting Australian wildfires

Alamo Heights graduate among three killed fighting Australian wildfires

Paul Clyde Hudson, a 1995 Alamo Heights High School graduate, was one of three American firefighters killed in a plane crash while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia. Paul Clyde Hudson, a 1995 Alamo Heights High School graduate, was one of three American firefighters killed in a plane crash while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia. Photo: Courtesy Photo /Coulson Aviation Photo: Courtesy Photo /Coulson Aviation Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Image 1 of 12…

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Celebrating Rod Brind'Amour: 20 years since his trade to the Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Rod Brind’Amour had a vague notion about North Carolina growing up, “I watched the NC State win, Jim Valvano, I think I was 11 or 12 or something. I remember watching that and then everyone on my street playing basketball was trying to be Michael Jordan.” Brind’Amour certainly never envisioned living in North Carolina though, especially once his NHL career had landed him in Philadelphia. He was a Flyer through and…

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Celebrating Rod Brind'Amour: 20 years since his trade to the Hurricanes

Celebrating Rod Brind'Amour: 20 years since his trade to the Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Rod Brind’Amour had a vague notion about North Carolina growing up, “I watched the NC State win, Jim Valvano, I think I was 11 or 12 or something. I remember watching that and then everyone on my street playing basketball was trying to be Michael Jordan.” Brind’Amour certainly never envisioned living in North Carolina though, especially once his NHL career had landed him in Philadelphia. He was a Flyer through and…

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3 US firefighters killed in plane crash while battling Australian wildfires

3 US firefighters killed in plane crash while battling Australian wildfires

SYDNEY — Three Americans were killed when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in the Snowy Monaro region of Australia’s southern New South Wales state. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the deaths and crash in comments to reporters as Australia attempts to deal with an unprecedented fire season that has left a large swath of destruction. Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says all three aboard were U.S. residents….

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3 US firefighters killed in plane crash while battling Australian wildfires, officials say

3 US firefighters killed in plane crash while battling Australian wildfires, officials say

SYDNEY — Three Americans were killed when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in the Snowy Monaro region of Australia’s southern New South Wales state. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the deaths and crash in comments to reporters as Australia attempts to deal with an unprecedented fire season that has left a large swath of destruction. Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says all three aboard were U.S. residents….

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3 US firefighters killed in plane crash while battling wildfires in Australia, officials say

3 US firefighters killed in plane crash while battling wildfires in Australia, officials say

SYDNEY — Three Americans were killed when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in the Snowy Monaro region of Australia’s southern New South Wales state. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed the deaths and crash in comments to reporters as Australia attempts to deal with an unprecedented fire season that has left a large swath of destruction. Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says all three aboard were U.S. residents….

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Australian restaurant bakes pizza longer than a football field to raise money for firefighters battling wildfires

Australian restaurant bakes pizza longer than a football field to raise money for firefighters battling wildfires

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (WTVD) — An Italian restaurant in Australia baked a 338-foot pizza to raise money for firefighters battling the devastating wildfires across the continent. The owners of Pellegrini’s, a restaurant in Sydney, said they baked the 16-inch wide and 338-foot long pizza in a conveyor oven Sunday before slicing it into 4,000 pieces. RELATED: Australia fires: Here’s how to help firefighters, victims, animals The pizza was longer than a US football field, which is…

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Man pleads no contest to sexually assaulting woman during Hurricane Florence

Man pleads no contest to sexually assaulting woman during Hurricane Florence

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man facing several sexual assault charges for a crime that happened during Hurricane Florence appeared in New Hanover County court on Tuesday. Benjamin DiCicco, 43, was arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping on September 17, 2018. According to the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office, DiCicco pleaded no contest to kidnapping and sexual battery. A judge sentenced DiCicco to a minimum of three and a half years…

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New Houston-Area Rules To Prevent Flooding Are ‘Obsolete On Arrival’, Some Experts Say

New Houston-Area Rules To Prevent Flooding Are ‘Obsolete On Arrival’, Some Experts Say

Brazos River in Fort Bend County. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: <iframe src=”https://embed.hpm.io/357969/357965″ style=”height: 115px; width: 100%;”></iframe> Fort Bend County officials are the latest in the Houston area to implement stricter development requirements to prevent flooding, with new regulations that went into effect on January 1.  They’re now requiring developers to plan for more rainfall — a 30% increase over their prior estimates, which were based on…

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Wildfires could have a multibillion-dollar impact on Australia&#039;s economy

The Australian wildfires that have scarred more than 20 million acres of land also figure to damage the country’s economy. AccuWeather predicts Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2020 will fall nearly one percent from a previously forecasted 2.75 percent growth, according to the Reserve Bank of Australia, to 1.90 percent because of the negative economic impact of the wildfires. Australia’s 2018 GDP was $1.42 trillion U.S. dollars (roughly $2.053 trillion Australian dollars) so the…

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16 months later, Bellevue Cemetery finally moving past Florence

16 months later, Bellevue Cemetery finally moving past Florence

After a grim post-storm outlook, community support and dedicated volunteers help restore historic cemetery WILMINGTON – Save for the hum of cars winding by on Princess Place Drive, it’s all quiet at Bellevue Cemetery – and it’s caretakers are immensely grateful for it. Nearly a year and a half ago, Hurricane Florence ripped through the region and ravaged the 32-acre historic cemetery. The destructive storm drowned the staff’s landscaping equipment in Burnt Mill Creek, knocked…

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Dust storms and golf ball-sized hail are battering southeastern Australia

Dust storms and golf ball-sized hail are battering southeastern Australia

By Jessie Yeung, CNN Parts of southeastern Australia are being pelted by hailstones the size of golf balls, big enough to smash car windows and injure birds, less than 24 hours after the region was hit by massive dust storms. The hailstorms arrived in the national capital Canberra on Monday afternoon, covering the ground with white balls of ice and leaves that have been stripped from trees. People ran for cover, and drivers pulled off…

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The Pentagon Says Wildfires, Driven By Climate Change, Are A Growing National Security Threat

The Pentagon Says Wildfires, Driven By Climate Change, Are A Growing National Security Threat

From Texas Public Radio: A 2019 Department of Defense report concluded that the effects of a changing climate, including wildfires, threaten dozens of military bases. Wildfires, exacerbated by climate change, are a growing concern for the Department of Defense as a threat to military installations around the world. Read more. 

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Floods kill at least 6 in southern Brazil

Floods kill at least 6 in southern Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — At least six people have died and at least one more was missing Sunday following torrential rains in southern Brazil, authorities said. Meteorologists said nearly 250 millimeters (10 inches) of rain devastated parts of Espiritu Santo state starting Friday, though the rains had tapered off by Sunday. State firefighters reported three dead in the town of Alfredo Chaves and three others in Iconha, where at least one woman was missing. Rescue…

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UNC journalism students visit Bahamas months after Hurricane Dorian

UNC journalism students visit Bahamas months after Hurricane Dorian

By Payton Tysinger, TV News Production Assistant at WRAL Payton Tysinger and Jilly Kuehn, both broadcast journalism students at UNC-Chapel Hill, are visiting Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas’ Abaco Islands to see firsthand how residents are recovering months after Hurricane Dorian. This is their first report. Abaco Islands, Bahamas — Hurricane Dorian made landfall in Marsh Harbor on Sept. 1. Nearly five months later, the residents are still living among the rubble that was their…

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Warehouse filled with Hurricane Maria supplies discovered in Puerto Rico; Government official ousted

Warehouse filled with Hurricane Maria supplies discovered in Puerto Rico; Government official ousted

A Puerto Rican emergency management official was ousted after a warehouse was discovered with supplies dating back to Hurricane Maria. A video posted to Facebook shows a warehouse in Ponce filled with thousands of cases of water and other much-needed supplies that are believed to have dated back to the hurricane that struck the island in 2017 With this new discovery, Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez has dismissed Carlos Acevedo, the director of Puerto Rico’s…

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Recent Earthquakes Exacerbate Exodus From Puerto Rico, But Some People Choose To Stay

Recent Earthquakes Exacerbate Exodus From Puerto Rico, But Some People Choose To Stay

From Texas Standard: The massive exodus of Puerto Ricans heading to the mainland started in 2006 with the island’s recession. Then came the government’s debt crisis of 2014 and more people left. After hurricanes Maria and Irma, people also left in droves to the point that the Pew Research Center released a study in 2018 saying the island’s population had reached a 40-year low. Now, the recent earthquakes that started in December of 2019 and…

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Security cam shows tornado rip up North Central High School

Security cam shows tornado rip up North Central High School

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Newly released security camera footage shows the moment a powerful tornado struck a South Carolina high school over the weekend.  The EF-2 struck around 10:30 on January 11 at North Central High School near the city of Camden.  The video, taken from multiple cameras, shows what it was like inside and around the school when the 130 mile an hour winds came through. The video shows debris flying around a classroom and…

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Puerto Rico Relief: Trump Declares Major Disaster After Series Of Earthquakes

Puerto Rico Relief: Trump Declares Major Disaster After Series Of Earthquakes

Weeks after a powerful earthquake and dozens of aftershocks rocked Puerto Rico, citizens whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the quakes will be granted access to some financial relief, officials announced on Thursday. President Trump “declared that a major disaster exists” in the southern regions of Puerto Rico and “ordered Federal assistance to supplement Commonwealth and local recovery efforts,” the White House said in a statement. The announcement of the disaster declaration comes on…

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Orton Plantation announces hurricane debris prescribed burn

Orton Plantation announces hurricane debris prescribed burn

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Smoke from a prescribed burn at Orton Plantation in Brunswick County could be seen at least as far away as the Pine Valley area of Wilmington on March 10, 2016. (Photo: Jessica Viox) WINNABOW, NC (January 17, 2020) – Orton Plantation will conduct some small controlled burns in January and February. According to a press release, these small burns will address Hurricane Dorian debris clean up and will be…

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Heavy Rain Increases Chance For Flash Flooding Across North Texas

Heavy Rain Increases Chance For Flash Flooding Across North Texas

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – While the risk for severe weather is slim, heavy rain is causing ponding on roadways and flash flooding in some parts. The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning from just after 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. Problems along streets and highways had already been a problem the warning was issued. (credit: CBSDFW.COM) Police and firefighters in Fort Worth spent part of the morning blocking off the intersection at Rosedale and Loop…

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This San Antonio bar is selling a &#039;Koala Cocktail&#039; to raise money for the Australia wildfires

This San Antonio bar is selling a 'Koala Cocktail' to raise money for the Australia wildfires

Published 7:05 am CST, Thursday, January 16, 2020 The Green Lantern, a speakeasy-style bar on the North Side, is selling a new drink through the end of February with the proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. The Green Lantern, a speakeasy-style bar on the North Side, is selling a new drink through the end of February with the proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital….

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Kershaw County students return to class after tornado rips through school

Kershaw County students return to class after tornado rips through school

CAMDEN, S.C. — Students and faculty of North Central High School returned for the first day of class on Wednesday, after a tornado ripped through the school’s campus over the weekend. All of the nearly 500 students that attend the school are now being housed at the school district’s former technology training center in Camden. RELATED: Tornado destroyed South Carolina school in less than a minute Described by many as a “new normal,” students and…

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Months After Blowing Deadline, Trump Administration Lifts Hold On Puerto Rico Aid

Months After Blowing Deadline, Trump Administration Lifts Hold On Puerto Rico Aid

Updated at 5:27 p.m. ET The Trump administration is releasing its hold on billions of dollars of aid to Puerto Rico after a months-long delay. But it is still unclear exactly when those funds will reach the hurricane-ravaged island. The tranche of money, more than $8 billion, is allocated through a Department of Housing and Urban Development disaster recovery fund. It was supposed to be released months ago to help the island rebuild in the…

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Surveillance video shows tornado flipping cars in South Carolina high school parking lot

Surveillance video shows tornado flipping cars in South Carolina high school parking lot

LORIS, South Carolina — Surveillance video from a high school in South Carolina shows the moments when a tornado swept through flipping the cars in the parking lot. The EF-1 tornado with 90 mph winds swept across Loris High School on Monday, January 13, according to the National Weather Service. Video from a security camera at the school shows the twister lifting up and turning over several cars in the parking lot while flinging minor…

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Tornado Tosses Cars, Damages Fields At SC High School

Tornado Tosses Cars, Damages Fields At SC High School

A small tornado tossed around cars and damaged athletics fields outside a South Carolina high school Tuesday, according to National Weather Service officials.  No one was hurt when the twister, with winds estimated as strong as 90 mph, spun past Loris High School during class hours. The school is located in eastern South Carolina, near the North Carolina state line. Photos and video showed cars tossed atop each other outside the school, which did not…

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As Caddo Mounds Reopens, Tornado Survivors Heal Together

As Caddo Mounds Reopens, Tornado Survivors Heal Together

“When I pulled myself up out of the mud, one of the first things I saw were the mounds were still there,” Williams says. Caddo Mounds was closed for nine months after the tornado struck. It reopened on Saturday – a major milestone for both the site itself, and survivors like Williams. They didn’t know it then, but the tornado folded them into another Caddo tradition of sorts: “shaho.” “Shaho is a Caddo word for…

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Greg Abbott Seeks Federal Recovery Funds For Tornadoes That Struck Last Fall

Greg Abbott Seeks Federal Recovery Funds For Tornadoes That Struck Last Fall

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is asking President Donald Trump to issue a presidential disaster declaration, which would help Texas residents who are still recovering from tornadoes that struck in October. A presidential disaster declaration would free up millions more federal dollars for people rebuilding in Dallas, as well as counties in South and Central Texas. Jesus Jimenez covers weather and climate for The Dallas Morning News. He says Abbott’s Monday letter to Trump asked for…

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Army Corps to award 2 Pender Co. beaches $237M for storm damage

Army Corps to award 2 Pender Co. beaches $237M for storm damage

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Surf City Dunes January 2019 (Photo: Town of Surf City/Facebook) NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers will award $281 million to a North Carolina city and county heavily impacted by Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. State Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr announced in a statement Monday that the Corps will release $237 million to Surf City/North Topsail Beach and $44.5 million to Carteret County…

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Border Wall Threatens National Wildlife Refuge That&#039;s Been 40 Years In The Making

Border Wall Threatens National Wildlife Refuge That's Been 40 Years In The Making

Over the past 41 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been buying up land on the lower Texas-Mexico border to protect one of the most biologically diverse regions in North America from developers and farmers. But the Rio Grande Valley of Texas is a hotspot for illegal immigration and drug smuggling, as well as biodiversity. That’s why the Trump administration is planning to build 110 miles of border wall through the valley (which…

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Hurricanes meshing veterans and newcomers to build success

Hurricanes meshing veterans and newcomers to build success

By Mike Considine, Correspondent Published 12:00 am CST, Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Sam Houston was getting it all together as the District 27-5A season reached the halfway mark. The Hurricanes (13-13, 6-2) were never at full strength in their three tournaments before district, as senior captains Kaliyah Brown, Khadija Derry and Levolea Wallace each took their turns battling injuries. With a 42-37 decision over Jefferson (10-16, 4-4) Jan. 10, Sam Houston won its third-consecutive game and…

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Tornado damage versus straight-line wind damage | WEATHER MINDS

Tornado damage versus straight-line wind damage | WEATHER MINDS

SAN ANTONIO — The calendar shows January, but the weather brought spring-like storms to parts of South Texas last Friday. Storms moving through San Antonio Friday night KENS There were multiple wind, hail and damage reports across South Texas on Friday. Powerful wind gusts of 77 miles per hour blew through Stinson Airport before 8 p.m. Local storm reports in South Texas on Friday KENS As severe thunderstorms moved east, straight-line winds were the primary…

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Tornado damage versus straight-line wind damage

Tornado damage versus straight-line wind damage

SAN ANTONIO — The calendar shows January, but the weather brought spring-like storms to parts of South Texas last Friday. Storms moving through San Antonio Friday night KENS There were multiple wind, hail and damage reports across South Texas on Friday. Powerful wind gusts of 77 miles per hour blew through Stinson Airport before 8 p.m. Local storm reports in South Texas on Friday KENS As severe thunderstorms moved east, straight-line winds were the primary…

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Local meteorologist travels to Australia to help fight wildfires

Local meteorologist travels to Australia to help fight wildfires

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Terry Lebo (pictured third from left, front row) (Photo: NWS Wilmington) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A local meteorologist is headed to Australia to help forecasters there as wildfires continue to burn across the country. Incident Meteorologist Terry Lebo at the National Weather Service in Wilmington will help the Bureau of Meteorology with fire weather forecasting support to help protect life and property with their unprecedented wildfires. – Advertisement –…

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Austin Artist Duo Raising Money for Australian Wildfire Relief with Adorable Koala Pin

Austin Artist Duo Raising Money for Australian Wildfire Relief with Adorable Koala Pin

click image Instagram / namepinding In the face of the nightmarish brushfires ravaging Australia, people worldwide are offering whatever help they can, from crafting pouches for orphaned kangaroo joeys to offering to send veterinarians to help care for injured wildlife. Artists and designers are getting in on the relief efforts as well, including Austin-based duo Name Pinding, who are known for their whimsical Texas-themed merch including Coach Pop and H-E-B prayer candle enamel pins. Last Wednesday,…

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