Why is it so hot? Hurricane Barry to blame for high temperatures in South Texas

Why is it so hot? Hurricane Barry to blame for high temperatures in South Texas

CLOSE Summer is finally here and so is the heat. Here are 5 tips on how you can beat the heat and stay cool this summer. Meagan Falcon/Caller-Times Temperatures have reached an all-time high this week — some have even broke past 100 degrees. And we can blame Hurricane Barry for it, officials with the National Weather Service Corpus Christi said. Penny Harness, a meteorologist with the weather service said Hurricane Barry, which made landfall in Louisiana early…

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120 Texas students spend week helping in Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts

120 Texas students spend week helping in Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts

CLOSE Students from across Texas are helping homeowners dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and learning vital and handy skills themselves. Rachel Denny Clow, Corpus Christi Caller-Times A summer retreat doesn’t typically involve repainting strangers’ homes, cutting wood for someone’s house siding or helping clear out a demolition-bound trailer.  But for one week, students from across Texas came together to help residents still affected by the destruction of Hurricane Harvey nearly two years ago. Roughly 120 students arrived Monday at First…

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How can a canal full of water reduce flooding on Corpus Christi's North Beach? Let's see

How can a canal full of water reduce flooding on Corpus Christi's North Beach? Let's see

CLOSE A task force believes its redevelopment plans will both draw visitors to North Beach and fix the neighborhood’s flooding and beach erosion problems. Kathryn Cargo, Corpus Christi Caller Times It’s easy for Corpus Christi residents to forget about North Beach unless they live there or work at the Texas State Aquarium or Lexington Museum. But the entire city has a big stake in North Beach, not only because of those two major visitor attractions,…

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South Texas may be clear of tropical storm Barry, expected to become a hurricane

Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about South Texas may be clear of tropical storm Barry, expected to become a hurricane The National Hurricane Center is monitoring Tropical Storm Barry in the northern Gulf of Mexico which is expected to become a hurricane. Post to Facebook Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed….

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Hurricane evacuation: After Hurricane Harvey here's what could happen with the next storm

Hurricane evacuation: After Hurricane Harvey here's what could happen with the next storm

CLOSE Storm surge and flooding are the greatest threats to Corpus Christi in a hurricane. Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times, Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times It’s always the big question when a hurricane approaches: hunker down or get out of dodge? That’s exactly what academics and local officials want to know about a post-Harvey Coastal Bend — who left before the storm, who didn’t, why and if they would make the same decision again. Earlier this month, Texas A&M University researchers sent…

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says Harvey lessons in play as hurricane preparedness plans launch

CLOSE Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at the state’s emergency management center, July 10, 2019. John C Moritz, USA Today Network A tropical storm could develop in the Gulf of Mexico by Thursday, the National Hurricane Center says. AUSTIN  — With the makings of a tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday put state search and rescue teams on standby and began identifying potential sites to shelter Texans who may have…

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to outline hurricane preparedness as storm brews in Gulf

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to outline hurricane preparedness as storm brews in Gulf

CLOSE Storm surge and flooding are the greatest threats to Corpus Christi in a hurricane. Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times, Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times A tropical storm could develop in the Gulf of Mexico by Thursday, the National Hurricane Center says. AUSTIN  — With the makings of a tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico,Gov. Greg Abbott is planning Texas’ response and is expected to offer details at a news conference on Wednesday. Abbott will be in the state’s Emergency…

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Rockport family receives a new home nearly two years after Hurricane Harvey

CLOSE A C-130 touched down at Corpus Christi International Airport as a part of an evacuation drill to prepare for severe weather. David Silva Ramirez, Wochit Almost two years after Hurricane Harvey tore down their Rockport home, the eight-member Robertson family received a new one big enough to accommodate them. Curtis and Cortny Robertson and their six children were welcomed into their furnished, decorated four-bedroom home Tuesday afternoon. The construction of the residence was a part of a collaboration…

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Blucher Institute Partners with Colorado State Researchers to Study Hurricane Harvey

Blucher Institute Partners with Colorado State Researchers to Study Hurricane Harvey

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – During the month of June 2019, the Conrad Blucher Institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi acted as home base for a group of students from Colorado State University as they completed a four-week immersion program called the Ethnographic Field School for Risk and Disaster. The program marks the first collaboration between the Blucher Institute and Colorado State and is the first field school of its kind in the U.S., program officials…

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What to do when a hurricane is headed your way

What to do when a hurricane is headed your way

CLOSE Corpus Christi is preparing hurricane evacuation for those without reliable transportation. David Silva Ramirez and Courtney M Sacco, Wochit In the midst of hurricane season, state and local agencies are preparing for the worst. Evacuation drills have commenced throughout Corpus Christi, including an airlift drill on June 12 and a bus evacuation exercise Friday. When it comes to hurricane season, personal preparation is also key. But what should you do once hurricane landfall is imminent? This guide covers…

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Hurricane Harvey recovery: Del Mar College offers free carpentry training to meet demands

Hurricane Harvey recovery: Del Mar College offers free carpentry training to meet demands

CLOSE One Rockport business still recovering from Hurricane Harvey was shocked as they discovered a foot of water in storage units. Rachel Denny Clow, Corpus Christi Caller-Times Rockport resident Terry Roller has been retired for 13 years. But he jumped at the opportunity to give back to his community in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Roller, 69, has been involved in disaster relief work after the 2017 storm ravaged homes, businesses and other buildings in…

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State defense groups run hurricane evacuation drill at Corpus Christi's airport

CLOSE A C-130 touched down at Corpus Christi International Airport as a part of an evacuation drill to prepare for severe weather. David Silva Ramirez, Wochit The Corpus Christi International Airport saw the arrival of military aircraft and mock hurricane patients Wednesday as a part of an evacuation drill. The drill was the result of a partnership between groups that included the airport, the Texas Air National Guard, the Texas State Guard and the Texas Military Department Patient…

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Kingsville storm damage: Thousands without power; high winds, rain cause damage

Kingsville storm damage: Thousands without power; high winds, rain cause damage

CLOSE The National Weather Service has operated an office in Corpus Christi, Texas since 1887. It moved to property at the international airport in 1995. Chris Ramirez/Caller-Times Thousands of Kingsville residents awoke Friday morning to widespread damage and power outages after a storm moved through the area. At its peak more than 9,600 residents in the Kingsville area were without power after the storm hit Thursday night. According to American Electric Power Texas officials, the…

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Kingsville storm damage: Thousands without power; reported tornado causes damage

Kingsville storm damage: Thousands without power; reported tornado causes damage

CLOSE The National Weather Service has operated an office in Corpus Christi, Texas since 1887. It moved to property at the international airport in 1995. Chris Ramirez/Caller-Times Thousands of Kingsville residents awoke Friday morning to widespread damage and power outages after a storm moved through the area. At its peak more than 9,600 residents in the Kingsville area were without power after the storm hit Thursday night. According to American Electric Power Texas officials, the…

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Hurricane prep: Here's how Corpus Christi businesses can become disaster-ready

Hurricane prep: Here's how Corpus Christi businesses can become disaster-ready

CLOSE Storm surge and flooding are the greatest threats to Corpus Christi in a hurricane. Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times, Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times Preparing your business for a disaster or emergency is a lot like preparing your family.  About 50 business and agency leaders from Nueces County gathered Monday to hear from Corpus Christi’s Emergency Management Office about preparing their families and operations for disasters.  Seconds count when a storm approaches.  The message from emergency officials on Monday was…

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City of Corpus Christi offering free sandbags to residents during hurricane season

City of Corpus Christi offering free sandbags to residents during hurricane season

CLOSE The City of Corpus Christi unveiled its Sandbagger machine. The machine lets residents fill up to six sandbags for free. Alexandria Rodriguez, Corpus Christi Caller-Times CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE Need sandbags? Now’s your chance to get them — for free. Solid Waste Services is offering free sandbags to residents, according to a news release from the city of Corpus Christi.  The Sandbagger machine will be available for residents from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the JC…

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NOAA: Don't be fooled by 'near-normal' hurricane predictions for South Texas

NOAA: Don't be fooled by 'near-normal' hurricane predictions for South Texas

CLOSE Rockport celebrated how far they have come since Hurricane Harvey devastated the area a year ago on Aug. 25, 2017. Alexandria Rodriguez, Corpus Christi Caller-Times June 1 typically marks the start of hurricane season. Residents living on the storm-prone Texas coast shouldn’t get caught off guard by any “normal” predictions.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a near-normal 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30.  “We don’t want people to be distracted by predictions,”…

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Here's how to watch out for storms during hurricane season

CLOSE Storm surge and flooding are the greatest threats to Corpus Christi in a hurricane. Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times, Kirsten Crow/Caller-Times The Atlantic side of the U.S. will most likely see a near-normal hurricane season with nine to 15 named storms, according to a new federal report. Under that forecast, four to eight systems would become hurricanes, and two to four of those major, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. Buy Photo A sign over S….

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Who are the Hurricane Harvey relief champs in Congress?

Who are the Hurricane Harvey relief champs in Congress?

CLOSE National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham says a warmer atmosphere could lead to more frequent, heavy storms in a preview of the official hurricane outlook forecast to be released at the end of the month. (May 17) AP, AP Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect that U.S. Rep. Michael Cloud signed on as a co-sponsor this week. Remember those billions of federal dollars Congress approved for relief from Hurricane Harvey and…

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Who are the Hurricane Harvey relief champs in Congress? You might be surprised who isn't

Who are the Hurricane Harvey relief champs in Congress? You might be surprised who isn't

CLOSE National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham says a warmer atmosphere could lead to more frequent, heavy storms in a preview of the official hurricane outlook forecast to be released at the end of the month. (May 17) AP, AP Remember those billions of federal dollars Congress approved for relief from Hurricane Harvey and other weather disasters from 2017? The government is still sitting on it. WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? For the folks in Puerto…

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NICK JIMENEZ: When it comes to windstorm legislation coastal lawmakers face uphill battle

Nick Jimenez, Special to the Caller-Times Published 9:51 a.m. CT May 16, 2019 CLOSE Area chambers of commerce joined together for a second rally to say “no” to a proposed windstorm rate increase. Rachel Denny Clow, Corpus Christi Caller-Times The Texas House, usually as restless and noisy as a children’s daycare, was unusually attentive on this particular day as state Rep. Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi addressed the members on a topic, the Texas Windstorm…

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City Emergency Management Team to Give Hurricane Preparation Advice

City Emergency Management Team to Give Hurricane Preparation Advice

         When: Tuesday, May 14th, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Where: City Hall Atrium, 1201 Leopard Street                         Who: Office of Emergency Management Team Members CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Are you ready? The first day of the 2019 Hurricane Season is right around the corner and the City of Corpus Christi wants to make sure everyone is prepared. On Tuesday, May…

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LIVE: Get the latest on school delays, flooding and weekend weather forecast

Still looking for the right gift for mom on Mother’s Day? Get her something she needs, like an umbrella. Officials at the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi say there’s an ongoing threat of severe weather Friday for much of South Texas. The rainy, blustery weather was expected to continue through Mother’s Day weekend. Heavy rain already moved through overnight leading to Friday morning school delays for several districts including Flour Bluff, Tuloso-Midway and Port Aransas.  Buy Photo George Cabrera…

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Severe weather warnings call for tornadoes, hail throughout South Texas

Severe weather warnings call for tornadoes, hail throughout South Texas

CLOSE The National Weather Service has operated an office in Corpus Christi, Texas since 1887. It moved to property at the international airport in 1995. Chris Ramirez/Caller-Times Tornadoes and hail were a possibility for Nueces and Kleberg counties as part of a severe thunderstorm warning issued by the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi. Just before noon, thunderstorms began to develop and strengthen from near Ben Bolt to Ricardo to eight miles southwest of Sarita. They were…

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A Younger Perspective: Islander Grad Students Interview Rockport Youth on Hurricane Harvey Recovery

A Younger Perspective: Islander Grad Students Interview Rockport Youth on Hurricane Harvey Recovery

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – “Youth should be part of planning for the future since they will inherit it,” said Richard Schreiber, Master of Public Administration (MPA) student. How does a city best recover after a natural disaster like 2017’s Hurricane Harvey? Schreiber and other members of the spring 2019 graduating class of MPA students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi not only dedicated their time and resources this semester to discovering the answer to this question…

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This $1 million grant will help Texas A&M University students affected by Hurricane Harvey

CLOSE Corpus Christi escaped a direct hit from Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 25, 2017. Here’s what could have happened. Alexandria Rodriguez, Corpus Christi Caller-Times Students affected by Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Kingsville and other areas may receive much-needed help.  The Texas A&M University System on Wednesday announced a $1 million grant from the State of Qatar Harvey Fund and Rebuild Texas Fund would support scholarships for students affected by the Category 5 hurricane in…

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Tornado lands in Beeville, damages 50 RVs

Tornado lands in Beeville, damages 50 RVs

CLOSE The National Weather Service has operated an office in Corpus Christi, Texas since 1887. It moved to property at the international airport in 1995. Chris Ramirez/Caller-Times More than four dozen RVs were left damaged after a tornado made landfall in Beeville Sunday morning. The National Weather Service Corpus Christi confirmed an EF-0 tornado, the weakest ranking in the Enhanced Fujita Scale, touched down on Chase Field at 7:24 a.m. and traveled about a half mile across…

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Hurricane season 2019: Here's how many major hurricanes are expected this year

CLOSE The Atlantic hurricane season has officially begun, but do you have a plan if a storm is on its way? Here are 10 tips on how you can prepare for this year’s hurricane season. Meagan Falcon/Caller-Times It’s been nearly two years since Hurricane Harvey tore through the Texas coast.  The storm was responsible for 68 deaths. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Harvey ranks as the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history, behind Hurricane Katrina…

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North Beach redevelopment: Task force unveils solutions to flooding, erosion problems

North Beach redevelopment: Task force unveils solutions to flooding, erosion problems

CLOSE Areas of North Beach flooded Thursday, making some roads impassable for low vehicles. National Weather Service Corpus Christi issued a coastal flood warning for Nueces and Kleberg counties and a coastal flood advisory for Aransas, Refugio and San Patricio counties. Both last until 7 p.m. Friday. Wochit North Beach Infrastructure Task Force officials have found solutions they say will solve the peninsula’s decades-long problems with storm water drainage, flooding and beach erosion. The task force unveiled the…

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North Beach redevelopment: Task force to unveil solutions to flooding, erosion problems

North Beach redevelopment: Task force to unveil solutions to flooding, erosion problems

CLOSE Areas of North Beach flooded Thursday, making some roads impassable for low vehicles. National Weather Service Corpus Christi issued a coastal flood warning for Nueces and Kleberg counties and a coastal flood advisory for Aransas, Refugio and San Patricio counties. Both last until 7 p.m. Friday. Wochit North Beach Infrastructure Task Force officials have found solutions they say will solve the peninsula’s decades-long problems with storm water drainage, flooding and beach erosion. The task force will unveil…

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CITGO donates truck to provide mobile food pantry for hurricane impacted areas

CITGO donates truck to provide mobile food pantry for hurricane impacted areas

None Larry Elizondo, general manager for government and public affairs for CITGO, speaks at the ribbon cutting for the donation of a new refrigerated truck to the Coastal Bend Food Bank on Monday, April 1, 2019. The truck will provide for an expansion of the food bank’s mobile food pantry services and is specifically for areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Rachel Denny Clow/Caller-Times

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Why hasn't Hurricane Harvey damage to this post office been repaired?

Why hasn't Hurricane Harvey damage to this post office been repaired?

CLOSE Hurricane Harvey is the first disaster in which houses of worship became eligible for public assistance under FEMA. Rachel Denny Clow, Corpus Christi Caller-Times This is a story about urban blight and urban renewal, neglectful ownership and pride of ownership. It’s also a story about how far from over is the story of Hurricane Harvey. Harvey did its damage in August and early September 2017. Here it is, 2019, and some of our biggest…

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RSVP Volunteers Help Family Impacted by Hurricane Harvey on MLK Day

RSVP Volunteers Help Family Impacted by Hurricane Harvey on MLK Day

WHEN:          Monday, January 21,  8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                      (Best time for photos: 10 a.m., weather permitting) WHERE:        Please call for location. CONTACT:    Ericka Maldonado, RSVP Program Director                        (361) 826-3148, Ericka@cctexas.com CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” The MLK Day of Service is observed as a “day on,” not a “day off.”  MLK…

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College of Business Hosts 2nd Summit Series for Hurricane-Prone Communities

College of Business Hosts 2nd Summit Series for Hurricane-Prone Communities

Coastal Bend leaders attend the second Connected Coast Summit Series to discuss rebuilding communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Many community leaders from the Coastal Bend struck by Hurricane Harvey are looking to rebuild their economies and infrastructure with greater resiliency.  To help meet this need, The College of Business (COB) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a series of summits, called The Connected Coast, bringing in experts targeted at coastal…

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College of Business Hosts ‘The Connected Coast’ Summit Series to Benefit Hurricane Harvey-Impacted Communities

College of Business Hosts ‘The Connected Coast’ Summit Series to Benefit Hurricane Harvey-Impacted Communities

[embedded content] ROCKPORT, Texas – As the coastal communities struck by Hurricane Harvey work on rebuilding, they also look to incorporate the latest technologies, innovative infrastructure, and opportunities for economic growth. To support these goals, the College of Business (COB) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is bringing together national experts to share ideas in a series of summits called The Connected Coast. “The Island University, as represented by the COB Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center,…

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