Local leaders announce activation of Hurricane Beryl Recovery Fund

Local leaders announce activation of Hurricane Beryl Recovery Fund

Three $1 million donations were made by the Sarofim Foundation, H-E-B and the CenterPoint Energy Foundation. HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Local leaders joined forces Monday to announce the activation of the Hurricane Beryl Recovery Fund. Houston Mayor John Whitmire and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo stood together Monday as the announcement was made during a news conference at the United Way of Greater Houston. RELATED: FEMA grants Harris County, 15 other counties individual assistance due…

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Gas prices are up slightly after Hurricane Beryl

Gas prices are up slightly after Hurricane Beryl

Cleanup continues in the Houston region after Hurricane Beryl made landfall early last week. CenterPoint Energy, which has been in the hot seat over prolonged power outages, anticipates that as of Monday morning, 90% of customers had their power restored. Meanwhile, gasoline prices are up nationwide after the storm’s landfall. So how did the Gulf’s energy infrastructure fare during the storm? Matt Smith, energy analyst for Kpler, spoke with the Standard about how the hurricane…

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A week after Hurricane Beryl hit, hundreds of thousands still without power in Houston area

A week after Hurricane Beryl hit, hundreds of thousands still without power in Houston area

A full week after Hurricane Beryl hit the Texas coast, almost 2 million customers in Houston have regained power. However, more than 260,000 customers remained without electricity for an eighth day, according to the outage data provided by CenterPoint, the largest electricity utility in the area. There have been calls from Houston residents and state lawmakers alike to investigate why it’s taking so long to restore power. Emily Foxhall, the climate reporter for The Texas Tribune,…

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SC lawmakers set aside $500K for Rock Hill storm damage recovery

SC lawmakers set aside $500K for Rock Hill storm damage recovery

The April 20 storms produced 90 mph winds and 2-inch hail, battering homes and businesses across York County. ROCK HILL, S.C. — South Carolina lawmakers announced they will allocate $500,000 to the city of Rock Hill for recovery efforts related to severe thunderstorms that hit York County in late April.  The storms caused widespread damage across Rock Hill and York County on April 20, damaging numerous homes and businesses. The storm damage funds were approved…

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California wildfires latest: Santa Barbara County fire grows to over 38,000 acres

California wildfires latest: Santa Barbara County fire grows to over 38,000 acres

5 minutes ago Credit: Mojave National Preserve / MGN CALIFORNIA (ABC NEWS) –The largest blaze of the California wildfire season, the Lake Fire in Santa Barbara County, grew to over 38,000 acres by Friday, fueled by gusty winds and extreme temperatures, authorities said. The Lake Fire burning near the Los Padres National Forest has charred over 38,000 acres of mostly grassland and timber, and grew substantially throughout the week. On Friday, Cal Fire said the…

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New Braunfels woman behind the project to help small town devastated by Hurricane Beryl

New Braunfels woman behind the project to help small town devastated by Hurricane Beryl

Erin Bowers said her heart is with Sargent, and she knew she needed to do something. SAN ANTONIO — Stepping up for Sargent, Texas. People from the New Braunfels area collected goods and packed a trailer full of much-needed supplies. The small community known for fishing, boating and water sports was hit big time by Beryl. Erin Bowers said her heart is with Sargent, and she knew she needed to do something. “The devastation and…

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San Antonio woman behind the project to help small town devastated by Hurricane Beryl

San Antonio woman behind the project to help small town devastated by Hurricane Beryl

Erin Bowers said her heart is with Sargent, and she knew she needed to do something. SAN ANTONIO — Stepping up for Sargent, Texas. People from the San Antonio area collected goods and packed a trailer full of much-needed supplies. The small community known for fishing, boating and water sports was hit big time by Beryl. Erin Bowers said her heart is with Sargent, and she knew she needed to do something. “The devastation and…

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'It has been a nightmare': Flooding on Friday ruined business on Western Boulevard, owner says

'It has been a nightmare': Flooding on Friday ruined business on Western Boulevard, owner says

A Raleigh business owner said he lost his livelihood during Friday’s flooding across the state. The parking lot of Lamar PC was submerged and blocked off with caution tape Friday afternoon as a heavy downpour during a WRAL Weather Alert Day moved through Wake County. “As long as water gets involved, there’s nothing you can do,” owner Adrien Lamartiniere said. Lamartiniere said he ran Lamar PC for over a decade but is unsure if he…

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Fort Bend County moving out of emergency stage, into recovery stage after Hurricane Beryl, officials say

Fort Bend County moving out of emergency stage, into recovery stage after Hurricane Beryl, officials say

Fort Bend County Emergency Management Coordinator Greg Bapst said the county is moving from emergency mode to recovery mode. FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas — Fort Bend County officials on Friday gave an update on the county’s recovery efforts after Hurricane Beryl tore through the region on Monday. County Judge KP George said that as of around noon on Friday, there were still 52,000 families without power. Officials highlighted shelters where residents can seek relief: Fort…

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Austin Wildlife Rescue saves dozens of birds from Hurricane Beryl

Austin Wildlife Rescue saves dozens of birds from Hurricane Beryl

Dozens of baby birds made their way from Houston’s coast to Austin this week. Not by flying, but huddled together in cardboard boxes loaded in the back of an SUV. The birds — 30 Mississippi kites and 30 cattle egrets — are staying at Austin Wildlife Rescue after Hurricane Beryl destroyed their rookeries and separated them from their parents. They are lucky survivors among thousands of birds that died in the storm. “It just obliterated…

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HISD: Roughly 60 campuses sustained roof, structural damage from Hurricane Beryl

HISD: Roughly 60 campuses sustained roof, structural damage from Hurricane Beryl

The district reported that an “overwhelming majority” of its schools lost power during the storm and around 70 of them were still without power as of Friday morning. HISD highlighted that there were downed trees at roughly 50 of its campuses and around 60 of its campuses had roof or structural damage. “We are working diligently to address these issues and ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff,” HISD said in a…

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Hundreds of thousands in the Houston area remain without power five days after Hurricane Beryl

Hundreds of thousands in the Houston area remain without power five days after Hurricane Beryl

Friday marks five days without power for hundreds of thousands of Texans after Hurricane Beryl hit the Gulf Coast — and the temperature is only going up. More than 800,000 people are still without power in the Houston area, raising frustrations and many questions about why restoration is taking so long. The latest from CenterPoint Energy, the primary provider of electricity for the region, is that they hope to have 80 percent of the total…

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Hurricane Beryl Was a Warning Shot for Houston

Hurricane Beryl Was a Warning Shot for Houston

When Hurricane Beryl entered the Gulf of Mexico, the city of Houston had little reason to believe it was about to take its first direct hit from a tropical cyclone in decades.  Initial forecasts predicted the storm would make landfall in northern Mexico, hundreds of miles away. Instead it veered sharply north and hit an unfortunate bullseye. Its center passed just west of Houston, dragging the hurricane’s violent eastern edge directly over the city’s core. …

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'The greatest memory of our lives' | Houston couple gets married in Austin after Hurricane Beryl derails their wedding

'The greatest memory of our lives' | Houston couple gets married in Austin after Hurricane Beryl derails their wedding

After Beryl, a couple decided to take refuge in Austin by staying with friends. While driving from Houston, they figured they could continue their love story. AUSTIN, Texas — Nataliia Chernenko and Caleb Cohen first met through Facebook dating, with Nataliia being Caleb’s only match.  “We kept calling to each other, facetiming, doing the yoga, watching the movies online,” Chernenko said. “Caleb makes any bad day, or any bad luck, and he converts it to…

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LIST: High water locations, street flooding in Houston area following storms, heavy rain

LIST: High water locations, street flooding in Houston area following storms, heavy rain

This list of high-water spots from Houston TranStar will be updated automatically. HOUSTON — As Beryl moves through Southeast Texas, expect torrential downpours that could lead to street flooding.  Here in Houston, it doesn’t take a lot of standing water to damage your car. You can lose control or stall in less than six inches of water. In just a foot of water, your car can start to float. In only two feet of water,…

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