Galveston County swamped with rain as Texas officials warn of potential severe weather

Galveston County swamped with rain as Texas officials warn of potential severe weather

By Nick Powell and Julian Gill Updated 7:13 pm CDT, Tuesday, September 11, 2018 A cluster of cars and news vans on Tuesday parked on the side of Pecan Drive in a rural section of Texas City to assess the flood damage from a storm system that dumped as many as 8 inches of rain in parts of southeast Texas.. The worst of the storm had already subsided and floodwaters that seeped into at least 15…

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NHRMC evacuates 'some patients who can travel' as Florence approaches

NHRMC evacuates 'some patients who can travel' as Florence approaches

New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC), a level II trauma center hospital in Wilmington, NC, is transferring some patients as Hurricane Florence is set to strike. (Source: WECT) WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC), a level II trauma center hospital in Wilmington, is transferring some patients as Hurricane Florence is set to strike. Patients are being transferred for their safety and to make sure there is enough staff working during the storm, said…

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Having a baby before a hurricane hits

Having a baby before a hurricane hits

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Having a baby is stressful enough, but having a baby during a hurricane? For most, it is unthinkable.  Paige Seitter, a Wilmington mother-to-be, is not due until Sept. 18, but she will be induced Tuesday morning ahead of Hurricane Florence.  Due to various medical conditions, Seitter and her team of doctors at New Hanover Regional Medical Center decided this was the best course of action.  A spokesperson for NHRMC said these…

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Getting prepared — the supplies you need for a hurricane

Getting prepared — the supplies you need for a hurricane

How to prepare before the storm hits:  Necessities Water. One gallon per person, per day — prepare for a minimum of three days. Battery-operated television or radio. Extra batteries Manual can opener Local maps Flashlights and waterproof matches Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger Toilet paper Baby supplies Cash (ATMs may not work after the storm) Rain gear/hat Bleach or water-purification tablets Soap and detergent Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for…

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Hurricane tips: Before, during and after the storm

Hurricane tips: Before, during and after the storm

Days before the storm  EQUIPMENT: Board up windows and glass doors, anchor loose yard objects or bring them inside and lock your doors. YOUR STUFF: Move furniture away from exposed doors and windows. Cover furniture, computers and electronics with plastic. Take photographs of your items in case you have to file a damage claim after the storm. YOUR LOCATION: Evacuate if told to do so. Map out your route using roads specified by local authorities….

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NWS monitoring potential tropical storm developing in Gulf of Mexico that could hit Texas

NWS monitoring potential tropical storm developing in Gulf of Mexico that could hit Texas

By Fares Sabawi, mySanAntonio.com Updated 4:22 pm CDT, Monday, September 10, 2018 The National Weather Service is monitoring a weather system in the Gulf of Mexico that could impact Texas. The National Weather Service is monitoring a weather system in the Gulf of Mexico that could impact Texas. Photo: National Weather Service The disturbance headed for Texas can be seen in this enhanced satellite image provided by NOAA that shows Hurricane Florence, third from right, in…

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Satellite images show hurricanes lined up in Atlantic Ocean

Satellite images show hurricanes lined up in Atlantic Ocean

PHOTOS: Wild Texas weather This enhanced satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence, third from right, in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. At right is Tropical Storm Helene, and second from right is Tropical Storm Isaac.  >>>See what some of Texas’ weather-setting days looked like… less PHOTOS: Wild Texas weather This enhanced satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Florence, third from right, in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, Sept. 9,…

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First Alert Forecast: dry days ahead, massive river flooding continues

First Alert Forecast: dry days ahead, massive river flooding continues

Highest regional impacts following Florence remain freshwater flooding around area rivers and tributaries. Many are slowly rising, and are expected to crest in the coming days. (Source: WECT) Drier air finally sweeps into SE NC for Wednesday. (Source: WECT) WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The remnants of Florence are now over New England and the National Hurricane Center has discontinued advisories. Late tonight a front will sweep out the last of the tropical moisture over southeast…

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First Alert Forecast: storm chances linger as Florence exits

First Alert Forecast: storm chances linger as Florence exits

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a.m. Friday. The storm is now a tropical depression and should move northward away from the Carolinas in the coming days. In the not too distant future, a front will work in once Florence departs, bringing some much needed high pressure and by comparison, “good weather”. MONDAY AND TUESDAY FORECAST DETAILS: Lingering scattered showers and storms will be possible as Florence, whether it be a…

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First Alert Forecast: Florence a tropical depression, moving away from Cape Fear

First Alert Forecast: Florence a tropical depression, moving away from Cape Fear

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a.m. Friday and now torrential downpours, heavy flooding and the threat of tornadoes are continuing to wreak havoc on the region. The storm is now a tropical depression and despite weakening, remains a threat we can’t ignore. Please continue to expend your energy not on anxiety, but on safety and positive action for the duration of the storm and beyond. National Weather Service-issued Flash Flood Warnings continue for…

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First Alert Forecast: Tropical Storm Florence bringing heavy rains, flooding, tornado threat

First Alert Forecast: Tropical Storm Florence bringing heavy rains, flooding, tornado threat

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach at 7:15 a.m. Friday. The Dangerous storm is now a Tropical Storm, but its producing major, if not devastating rain, wind and surge impacts across the Cape Fear Region. Please continue to expend your energy not on anxiety, but on safety and positive action for the duration of the storm and beyond. National Weather Service-issued A Tornado Watch is in effect for all of southeast North Carolina until 7 a.m. Saturday. Tropical…

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First Alert Forecast: Florence continues to rake across Southeastern North Carolina, now a tropical storm

First Alert Forecast: Florence continues to rake across Southeastern North Carolina, now a tropical storm

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Dangerous Hurricane Florence is producing major to devastating rain, wind, and surge impacts across the Cape Fear Region. Please continue to expend your energy not on anxiety, but on safety and positive action for the duration of the storm and beyond. National Weather Service-issued Tropical Storm Warnings are in place for all of southeastern North Carolina and Storm Surge Warnings are out for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties until further notice. National Weather Service-issued Flash…

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First Alert Forecast: Florence continues to rake across Southeastern North Carolina

First Alert Forecast: Florence continues to rake across Southeastern North Carolina

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Dangerous Hurricane Florence is producing major to devastating rain, wind, and surge impacts across the Cape Fear Region. Please continue to expend your energy not on anxiety, but on safety and positive action for the duration of the storm and beyond. National Weather Service-issued Hurricane Warnings remain in place for all of southeastern North Carolina and Storm Surge Warnings are out for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties until further notice. National Weather Service-issued Flash…

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First Alert Forecast: Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach

First Alert Forecast: Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Dangerous Hurricane Florence is producing major to devastating rain, wind, and surge impacts across the Cape Fear Region. Please continue to expend your energy not on anxiety, but on safety and positive action for the duration of the storm and beyond. National Weather Service-issued Hurricane Warnings remain in place for all of southeastern North Carolina and Storm Surge Warnings are out for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties until further notice. National Weather Service- issued…

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First Alert Forecast: Florence expected to make landfall Friday

First Alert Forecast: Florence expected to make landfall Friday

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Dangerous Hurricane Florence is producing major to devastating rain, wind, and surge impacts across the Cape Fear Region. Please continue to expend your energy not on anxiety, but on safety and positive action for the duration of the storm and beyond. National Weather Service-issued Hurricane Warnings remain in place for all of southeastern North Carolina and Storm Surge Warnings are out for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties until further notice. TIMING: As Florence hovers off the…

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First Alert Forecast: dangerous Florence nearing Carolina coast

First Alert Forecast: dangerous Florence nearing Carolina coast

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Dangerous Hurricane Florence will produce major to devastating rain, wind, and surge impacts across the Cape Fear Region. Please continue to expend your energy not on anxiety, but positive action for the duration of the storm and beyond. National Weather Service-issued Hurricane and Storm Surge Warnings remain in place for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties until further notice.  A Hurricane Warning also remains in place for Bladen and Columbus counties until further…

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UPDATED: Shelter information for Hurricane Florence

UPDATED: Shelter information for Hurricane Florence

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – Some shelters are having to close due to impacts from Florence. Please look below for the latest information as things may have changed. NEW HANOVER COUNTY Five shelters are accepting residents in New Hanover County as of Thursday morning, according to county officials: Trask Middle School (pet friendly) – taking on water, moving people to Eaton Elementary Eaton Elementary School Codington Elementary Johnson Pre-K Center (full)  Noble Middle School County…

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Shelter information for Hurricane Florence

Shelter information for Hurricane Florence

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – NEW HANOVER COUNTY Five shelters are accepting residents in New Hanover County as of Thursday morning, according to county officials: Trask Middle School (pet friendly) Eaton Elementary School Codington Elementary Johnson Pre-K Center (full)  Noble Middle School County officials also announced that Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem is open as a shelter. According to officials, Garner High School, Southeast Raleigh High School, and Knightdale High School shelters in Wake…

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Cooper: 'Best defense is good preparation' for Florence

Cooper: 'Best defense is good preparation' for Florence

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Gov. Roy Cooper has asked the president for a disaster declaration ahead of Hurricane Florence’s landfall.  The now-Category 4 hurricane is forecast to come ashore along the North or South Carolina coast late Thursday into Friday.  “North Carolina is no stranger to hurricanes. We are a resilient state. Storms and heavy wind and rain can affect the entire state,” Cooper said.  Cooper arrived in Wilmington Monday afternoon and spoke with officials at…

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Evacuations, states of emergency issued as Hurricane Florence approaches

Evacuations, states of emergency issued as Hurricane Florence approaches

SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WECT) – NEW HANOVER COUNTY New Hanover County recommends a voluntary evacuation for the whole county while Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach have mandatory evacuations. Residents and visitors should be in a safe location before 8 p.m. Wednesday. Trask Middle School is open as a shelter. This is a pet co-location shelter and cats and dogs are welcome. No exotic animals. Limited food service will be provided for those seeking shelter. A…

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Florence, Now A Hurricane, Is One Of Many Threats To The Atlantic And Pacific

Florence, Now A Hurricane, Is One Of Many Threats To The Atlantic And Pacific

Updated at 12:45 a.m. ET on Monday A slew of dangerous storms – hurricanes, tropical storms and a typhoon — are on the move and threatening life and property in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The National Hurricane Center has issued advisories for the Atlantic on Hurricane Florence, and two tropical storms, Helene and Isaac. The NHC has also issued an advisory for the Eastern Pacific on Tropical Storm Paul, and the Central Pacific…

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NWS extends flash flood watch to 1 p.m. for Bexar County, as soaked soil increases flooding chances

NWS extends flash flood watch to 1 p.m. for Bexar County, as soaked soil increases flooding chances

By Caleb Downs, mySanAntonio.com Published 6:57 am CDT, Monday, September 10, 2018 Kat Gehrke watches a flooded Helotes Creek in Grey Forest after rains causes flooding at low water crossings throughout the town, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. At the height of the rain storm, all low water crossings, including the main road leading into Grey Forest, Scenic Loop Road, were closed for several hours. less Kat Gehrke watches a flooded Helotes Creek in Grey Forest after…

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Houston area under flash flood watch from afternoon until Tuesday morning

PHOTOS: Get ready A flash flood watch is in effect until Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. >>Avoid these streets if heavy rains occur… PHOTOS: Get ready A flash flood watch is in effect until Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. >>Avoid these streets if heavy rains occur… Photo: National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Worst Houston high water spots for road flooding You don’t get to live in a place called the Bayou City and not get a little road…

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WEATHER ALERT: Flash flood watch issued for several southeast Texas counties

WEATHER ALERT: Flash flood watch issued for several southeast Texas counties

Forecasters warned of the possibility of heavy rain and flooding from Monday into Tuesday as a storm system moves through the region. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch from 1 p.m. Monday until Tuesday morning for Brazoria, Chambers, Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston, Jackson, Liberty, Matagorda and Wharton counties. Below is the official statement from the Weather Service: …FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM CDT THIS AFTERNOONTHROUGH TUESDAY MORNING… The National…

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More rain, more flooding throughout San Antonio area

More rain, more flooding throughout San Antonio area

SAN ANTONIO – Vehicles towed from flood waters, residents trapped in subdivisions and a flooded family reunion are just a few of the issues rain caused throughout the San Antonio area overnight. Pearl-area flooding With the ground already saturated by last week’s rain, the conditions were optimal for flash flooding. A car partially submerged in flood water had to be removed with a tow truck along Avenue B near the Pearl, an area that saw and…

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Officials: prepare now for Hurricane Florence

Officials: prepare now for Hurricane Florence

It’s still unclear whether the storm will hit Southeastern North Carolina. SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — It’s looking more likely that Hurricane Florence could impact the East Coast, and state and local officials are urging coastal North Carolinians to get prepared. Florence strengthened to Category 1 hurricane Sunday morning, according to an 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center. The storm, about 750 miles southeast of Bermuda, is projected to make landfall early Friday morning somewhere…

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Flood advisory for Houston area as Hurricane Florence heads for East Coast

Flood advisory for Houston area as Hurricane Florence heads for East Coast

People take cover under a bus stop on Hamilton Street as heavy rain falls over the downtown area Sunday Sept. 9, 2018 in Houston. People take cover under a bus stop on Hamilton Street as heavy rain falls over the downtown area Sunday Sept. 9, 2018 in Houston. Photo: Michael Ciaglo, Staff Photographer Thunderstorms roll through the Houston area about 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. Thunderstorms roll through the Houston area about 2 p.m….

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HURRICANE Q&A

HURRICANE Q&A

HURRICANE Q&A Q: What’s the difference between a hurricane warning and a hurricane watch? A: A warning is more serious than a watch. A hurricane watch means a hurricane may threaten the area within 48 hours. A hurricane warning means sustained winds of 74 mph or stronger will likely strike a specific coastal area within 36 hours. Q: Does a higher category number mean a worse storm? A: Yes. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane scale rates storms…

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Coastal region now in Florence's cone of uncertainty

Coastal region now in Florence's cone of uncertainty

The tropical storm is expected to strengthen into a hurricane late Saturday or early Sunday. WILMINGTON — At 11 a.m. Saturday, Southeastern North Carolina officially entered the cone of uncertainty for Tropical Storm Florence, which is on a track headed for the East Coast. By 5 p.m., the track for the tropical storm, which is expected to strengthen into a hurricane Saturday night or Sunday, had shifted slightly north, bringing its potential trajectory closer to the region. With the…

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Heavy Rains Are Moving Through Austin. Here Are 7 Ways To Stay Aware Of Severe Weather

Heavy Rains Are Moving Through Austin. Here Are 7 Ways To Stay Aware Of Severe Weather

Heavy rains are moving through the Austin area this morning. A flash flood warning is in effect for areas south of Austin, including New Braunfels, San Marcos and Kyle, until 10:15 this morning. To keep you up-to-date, we’ve collated a list of handy resources during severe weather. Google Crisis Map Google’s map can alert you to any weather-related warnings or watches in your area, as well as display public shelter locations. National Weather Service Radar…

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Heavy rain caused more than 70 road closures as flash flood watch extends into Monday

Heavy rain caused more than 70 road closures as flash flood watch extends into Monday

By Liz Teitz, Staff writer Updated 7:04 pm CDT, Sunday, September 9, 2018 Grey Forest residents photograph debris at low water crossing, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. All low water crossings in Grey Forest were closed due to flooding Sunday morning. At the height of the storm, the main road leading into town, Scenic Loop Road, was closed for several hours. less Grey Forest residents photograph debris at low water crossing, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. All low…

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Heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding Sunday

Heavy rainfall could cause flash flooding Sunday

By Liz Teitz, Staff writer Updated 7:54 pm CDT, Saturday, September 8, 2018 Drier days are ahead this week after heavy rain moves out Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service. Between 1 and 3 inches of rain are expected through Sunday, NWS meteorologist Yvette Benavides said, but isolated areas could see up to 7 inches. A flash flood watch was issued for all of South-Central Texas through 1 p.m. Sunday. “It’s difficult to tell…

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Flash flood warnings extended for Bexar, Comal counties until 1:45 p.m. Sunday

Flash flood warnings extended for Bexar, Comal counties until 1:45 p.m. Sunday

SAN ANTONIO – Midday Weather Update Although rain is letting up, Flash Flood Warnings (FFW) have been extended to give time for the water to run off. More than 4 inches of rain in some places. Please use caution and avoid flooded streets. A FFW for Bexar and Comal counties has been extended to 1:45 p.m. A FFW for Comal and Guadalupe counties has been extended to 1:15 p.m. A FFW for Medina and Bandera counties ntil 1 p.m….

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Another Omni Employee Was Trapped in Elevator During Flooding 2 Years Before Jill Renick Died, Amended Suit Says

Another Omni Employee Was Trapped in Elevator During Flooding 2 Years Before Jill Renick Died, Amended Suit Says

The civil lawsuit accusing Houston’s Omni Hotel and Otis Elevators of negligence in the death of Jill Renick who during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 was trapped in an elevator and ultimately drowned in the hotel basement, has been amended to include an earlier similar incident. On September 4, an amended petition was filed in the 44th Civil District Court in Dallas County saying that the Omni should have changed its safety procedures and recognized the…

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How Long Does Houston Realistically Have Left Before Hurricane Season is Over?

How Long Does Houston Realistically Have Left Before Hurricane Season is Over?

Sitting in the middle of the busiest part of hurricane season, it feels like the end is a pretty good distance away. The statistical peak of hurricane season is September 10, but the season doesn’t officially end until December 1. Waters in the tropical Atlantic can stay warm enough to support tropical storms well into the fall. So, what about Texas? For those who grew up along the Texas coast, we recognize the rules for…

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Flash flood watch continues across parts of Greater Houston area

Flash flood watch continues across parts of Greater Houston area

PHOTOS: More high water A flash flood watch is in effect for much of the Greater Houston area on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. >>See some of the weekend flooding in the area… PHOTOS: More high water A flash flood watch is in effect for much of the Greater Houston area on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. >>See some of the weekend flooding in the area… Photo: National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Meteorologists are tracking Tropical Storm Gordon…

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NWS extends flash flood warning for Galveston, Chambers, Brazoria counties

Vehicles move along the flooded roadway at Broadway near 35th St. Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in Galveston. Vehicles move along the flooded roadway at Broadway near 35th St. Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in Galveston. Photo: Melissa Phillip, Staff Photographer Carmen Martinez, second from left, hugs her niece, Erika Lara, both of Houston, as they wait in line to pay for parking before boarding a cruise ship for a five day vacation Monday, Sept. 3, 2018,…

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One Year Later: Islanders Recount Hurricane Harvey

One Year Later: Islanders Recount Hurricane Harvey

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – When you live along the Gulf of Mexico, a hurricane is not a matter of if, but when, and on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, “when” in the form of Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast, near Rockport. At first, the storm was nothing more than a tropical wave off Africa, and it stayed disorganized for quite a few days. However, thanks to the Gulf’s warm waters, Harvey grew quickly, and…

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Houston METRO Halts Harvey Ads That Feature Wrong Hurricane

Houston METRO Halts Harvey Ads That Feature Wrong Hurricane

The top of a fire hydrant sticks out of floodwaters in front of a home on September 7, 2017 in Richwood, Texas. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) HOUSTON (AP) — Transit officials in Houston have halted a TV commercial praising the agency’s response to last year’s Harvey flooding because the spot wrongly showed 2005 video from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The Houston Chronicle reports Metropolitan Transit Authority officials Thursday pulled the commercial made by South…

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3rd hurricane of season in Atlantic predicted by Sunday

3rd hurricane of season in Atlantic predicted by Sunday

Friday Aug 31, 2018 at 8:20 AM Potential Tropical Cyclone 6 is forecast to strengthen to Tropical Storm Florence on Friday and then a hurricane by Sunday morning. The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Potential Tropical Cyclone 6, which is forecast to strengthen to Tropical Storm Florence and then a hurricane by Sunday. It would be the third hurricane of the 2018 season, following Beryl and Chris. The potential tropical cyclone is in the far eastern Atlantic, about…

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When It Comes To Federal Hurricane Protection Dollars, Oil Companies Get First Dibs

When It Comes To Federal Hurricane Protection Dollars, Oil Companies Get First Dibs

From Texas Standard:  Oil companies have long been blamed for playing a role in climate change. But now, those companies are asking the government to protect their interests from the harsher storms and higher tides connected with global warming. Companies on the Texas Gulf Coast, which is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, are pushing for a 60-mile stretch of sea walls and levees that would help protect homes, beaches and, yes, oil infrastructure, from the…

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Flood advisory in effect for several areas southeast of Houston

Flood advisory in effect for several areas southeast of Houston

RAIN HITS HOUSTON:  A rain model shows storms moving west from Louisiana to the Houston area, on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. >>Texas hot weather memes that make us laugh RAIN HITS HOUSTON:  A rain model shows storms moving west from Louisiana to the Houston area, on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. >>Texas hot weather memes that make us laugh Photo: National Weather Service Houston/Galveston It’s summer in Texas and these memes perfectly describe the struggle of…

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Hurricane Harvey: 2 years later

Hurricane Harvey: 2 years later

HOUSTON – Two years ago, people up and down the Texas coast were bracing for what would become one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States. Hurricane Harvey made landfall about 10 p.m. on Aug. 25, 2017, on San Jose Island, as a Category 4 storm with winds of more than 130 mph. It quickly made a second landfall near Rockport, Texas, crossed over the Copano Bay and made a…

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Don’t Miss Tales of Hurricane Harvey Art Exhibit

Don’t Miss Tales of Hurricane Harvey Art Exhibit

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – There is just one week left to catch a glimpse of the unique art display at La Retama Central Library displaying student’s experiences during Hurricane Harvey. The exhibit titled, “A Day of Remembrance, Hurricane Harvey: Narrative Artwork,” showcases the imagination and emotion of more than 150 Coastal Bend students personally affected by the storm. Featured artwork includes glass molds, sketches, photography, personal testimonies and poetry. The exhibit is free and will…

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1,000-year-old Texas oak tree survives Hurricane Harvey – the 500-year storm

1,000-year-old Texas oak tree survives Hurricane Harvey – the 500-year storm

By Brian Reynolds, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle Updated 5:23 pm CDT, Sunday, August 27, 2017 The Big Tree, a live oak that is more than 1,000-years-old survived Hurricane Harvey’s landfall near Goose Island State Park. See more images of the flooding caused by Harvey.  The Big Tree, a live oak that is more than 1,000-years-old survived Hurricane Harvey’s landfall near Goose Island State Park. See more images of the flooding caused by Harvey.  Photo: Texas Department…

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Citing Flooding Concerns, Bastrop Temporarily Stops New Development

Citing Flooding Concerns, Bastrop Temporarily Stops New Development

Development in Bastrop has been temporarily put on hold. The Bastrop City Council voted unanimously last week to put a 90-day moratorium on development permits. The city wants to use this time to update its land-development rules to try to prevent flooding, an effort it’s calling Building Bastrop. The council also approved an emergency ordinance related to drainage. Bastrop Mayor Connie Schroeder has stressed that the city is “pro-development” and says the pause will give the city a chance…

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Debt, loss and faith: How three families are faring a year after Hurricane Harvey

Debt, loss and faith: How three families are faring a year after Hurricane Harvey

FRIENDSWOOD — Recreational vehicles aren’t meant to have four people living in them for eight months — just ask the Eichberger family. The bathroom floor starts to cave in, the kitchen roof leaks every time it rains, and there just isn’t enough space for two boys and their parents to live comfortably. After Hurricane Harvey dealt the Texas coast a devastating blow on Aug. 25, 2017, it turned into a tropical storm that poured historic…

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Slow-moving storm drenches Ogden, floods roads

Slow-moving storm drenches Ogden, floods roads

By Cammie Bellamy StarNews Staff Wednesday Aug 15, 2018 at 5:04 PM Aug 15, 2018 at 6:10 PM Bright Leaf Road at Wendover Lane among streets closed due to high water NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Several roads in the Ogden and Middle Sound areas of New Hanover County are flooded after a brief but heavy storm Wednesday afternoon. New Hanover County emergency dispatchers said as of 4:45 p.m., police were closing Bright Leaf Road at Wendover Lane, behind Big Lots, due to standing water. Flooding…

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'Life threatening' currents, waves from Tropical Storm Chris off Carolina coast

'Life threatening' currents, waves from Tropical Storm Chris off Carolina coast

Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue said they rescued about 20 people from the ocean on Sunday. Tropical Storm Chris is stalled off the coast of the Carolinas, gathering strength to become a hurricane but not expected to make landfall. No hurricane or storm watches or warnings were posted Monday morning, but forecasters said Sunday that Chris will bring “life threatening” rough surf and dangerous rip currents along the East Coast. Minor beach erosion and ocean overwash…

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Tropical Storm Chris expected to strengthen, spare NC coast

Tropical Storm Chris expected to strengthen, spare NC coast

By Cammie Bellamy StarNews Staff Sunday Jul 8, 2018 at 5:57 PM Jul 8, 2018 at 7:47 PM The National Hurricane Center forecast the storm could become a hurricane Monday. N.C. COAST — Tropical Storm Chris is expected to strengthen to a hurricane Monday off the North Carolina coast, but is unlikely to cause problems on land. As of Sunday evening, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Chris, which grew from a tropical depression to a tropical storm Sunday, was sitting 180 miles southeast of…

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