As Winter Storm Death Toll Exceeds Hurricane Harvey, Scope Of Loss Becomes More Clear

As Winter Storm Death Toll Exceeds Hurricane Harvey, Scope Of Loss Becomes More Clear

Gloria and Carrol, “Andy,” Anderson with their grandson. Andy was a 75-year-old Vietnam Veteran who died of hypothermia during Texas’ winter freeze. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: <iframe src=”https://embed.hpm.io/394544/394592″ style=”height: 115px; width: 100%;”></iframe> When the winter freeze hit last month, Brandi Campanile was regularly checking in with her mom, Gloria Anderson, and her stepdad, Carrol Anderson, who goes by Andy. She said she spoke to her mom…

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Three weeks later, many still need help with winter storm damage

Three weeks later, many still need help with winter storm damage

If you’re still in need of help, applications for the $12.7 million relief fund opened this week. HOUSTON — Three weeks after the winter storm, Houston-area homeowners are still needing a lot of help. Daniel Brizendine and his family haven’t lived at home since it happened. “It’s heartbreaking, because we have two small girls, and our 2-year-old wants to come home, but it’s a full disaster,” Brizendine said. Seven pipes burst in the home during…

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Texas will have a tax-free weekend on emergency supplies, including some generators | Severe Weather Awareness

Texas will have a tax-free weekend on emergency supplies, including some generators | Severe Weather Awareness

KHOU 11 is sharing tips to help keep you safe and save you money during the state’s Severe Weather Awareness Week. HOUSTON — It is Severe Weather Awareness Week — a time to check your list of supplies and see what your family needs to stay prepared in the event of an emergency. One of the biggest needs during the Texas winter freeze in February was electricity. Here’s a reminder that many power generators can…

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Why your family should have an out-of-state &#039;check-in&#039; contact | Severe Weather Awareness Week

Why your family should have an out-of-state 'check-in' contact | Severe Weather Awareness Week

HOUSTON — All this week we are bringing you some tips to keep your family safe and prepared in the event of severe weather: > It’s a good idea to have a NOAA weather radio handy — just in case the power goes out and your phone dies, you’ll still know what’s going on > Choose a friend that’s out of state as your go-to “check in” contact — family members know to call this…

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Yes, &#039;space hurricanes&#039; are a thing, according to a new study

Yes, 'space hurricanes' are a thing, according to a new study

Scientists discover a “space hurricane” hovering over the North Pole. Scientists have confirmed the existence of a “space hurricane” hovering over the North Pole, according to a recent study. ASTEROID PASSING EARTH: An asteroid the size of the Golden Gate Bridge will pass by Earth in March   Scientists say they have confirmed the existence of space hurricanes, with a 600 mile-wide mass spotted above the North Pole https://t.co/5nigHjsoB0 — Sky News (@SkyNews) March 2,…

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Volunteers help clean homes damaged by winter storm

Volunteers help clean homes damaged by winter storm

“We don’t have the supplies. We don’t have the people or the supplies to fix it,” homeowner Melissa Thomas said. HOUSTON — It’s been more than a week since the power turned back on, but many families are still dealing with the aftermath of the winter storm. Luckily, volunteers were out Saturday to helping to clean out many of these homes. For Melissa Thomas, it’s been only four years since her home flooded during Harvey….

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City of Houston urges residents to report winter storm damage

City of Houston urges residents to report winter storm damage

The damage reports will help the city assess the needs and also provide records needed for federal aid. Submitting this form is not a way to receive aid. HOUSTON — As Houston leaders begin focusing on recovery efforts from the winter storm, they need to assess how widespread the damage is. They are urging City of Houston residents to report residential damage caused by the severe weather. Houstonians can submit damages via the following “Personal Property…

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Winter storm damage at 95-year-old WWII veteran&#039;s home repaired for free after social media plea

Winter storm damage at 95-year-old WWII veteran's home repaired for free after social media plea

HOUSTON — Social media went to work last week to make sure a 95-year-old WWII veterans’ home was repaired after pipes burst in two rooms. Hector Giron put out a plea on Facebook writing: “Mr. Joe Rodriguez (a 95 yr old Army veteran) who resides in the Spring Branch area of Houston needs your help. He came home today from being at his daughters house to find his bedroom ceiling caved in and water running…

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Winter storm damage at 95-year-old WWII veteran&#039;s home repaired for free after social media post

Winter storm damage at 95-year-old WWII veteran's home repaired for free after social media post

HOUSTON — Social media went to work last week to make sure a 95-year-old WWII veterans’ home was repaired after pipes burst in two rooms. Hector Giron put out a plea on Facebook writing: “Mr. Joe Rodriguez (a 95 yr old Army veteran) who resides in the Spring Branch area of Houston needs your help. He came home today from being at his daughters house to find his bedroom ceiling caved in and water running…

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How to get a plumber to your house to fix winter storm damage

How to get a plumber to your house to fix winter storm damage

Many plumbing companies have been overwhelmed with calls and are booked through the first week of March, which means people could be without water for another week. HOUSTON — For many in the Houston area, boil water notices have been lifted. RELATED: LIST: Here’s where boil water notices are still in effect across the Houston area However, a lot of people are still without water as they wait for plumbers to fix burst pipes. RELATED:…

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You could be charged if you leave your pets outside during severe weather

You could be charged if you leave your pets outside during severe weather

HOUSTON — You’ve heard us say to protect plants, pipes and pets during a freeze.  If you don’t protect one of them – the pets – you could be in big trouble. According to Texas law, a pet owner “may not leave a dog outside and unattended by use of a restraint that unreasonably limits the dog’s movement” when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. According to the Humane Society of the U.S., animal neglect is…

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Louisiana replaces thousands of fish lost to hurricanes

Louisiana replaces thousands of fish lost to hurricanes

DERIDDER, La. (AP) — More than 40,000 fish have been put into a southwest Louisiana lake to replace some of those lost to a fish kill caused by last year’s hurricanes, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Monday. The department said it added 22,000 bluegill and 50 pounds of threadfin shad to Bundick Lake last week and is also coordinating work to add more fish to the lake near DeRidder in Beauregard Parish….

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How Flood Projects Can Do More Than Just Prevent Floods (Jan. 14, 2021)

How Flood Projects Can Do More Than Just Prevent Floods (Jan. 14, 2021)

Houston Matters begins at 9 a.m. CT on 88.7FM or listen online. Join the discussion at 713-440-8870, talk@houstonmatters.org or @HoustonMatters. On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Pres. Trump has been impeached for a second time. We discuss Wednesday’s debate and vote in the House and what we heard from Houston-area Congressional representatives. Also this hour: How flood resilience projects can do more than just help prevent floods. Plus, we examine the oil and gas-related bills going before…

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EF-1 tornado strikes Texas City during Wednesday&#039;s severe weather

EF-1 tornado strikes Texas City during Wednesday's severe weather

TEXAS CITY, Texas — An EF-1 tornado hit Texas City Wednesday night after severe storms rolled through the area, according to the National Weather Service.  After conducting a survey this morning, NWS meteorologists have determined that the storm damage observed in Texas City yesterday evening was due to a tornado. The storm has been given a preliminary rating of EF-1. More information will be provided later today. #houwx #txwx — NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) January 7,…

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Possible tornado damage in Texas City after severe storms; some schools cancel class

Possible tornado damage in Texas City after severe storms; some schools cancel class

TEXAS CITY, Texas — A possible tornado hit Texas City Wednesday night after severe storms rolled through the area. There was damage to the Brazos Urethane building on 6th Street North. The road was closed while crews moved debris. “Due to storm damage, Calvin Vincent Early Childhood and Kohfeldt Elementary will NOT have school today. There will be a delayed start (9 a.m.) for Blocker Middle School, Texas City High School and ITC. School is…

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NWS confirms EF-1 tornado struck Texas City during Wednesday&#039;s severe weather

NWS confirms EF-1 tornado struck Texas City during Wednesday's severe weather

TEXAS CITY, Texas — A tornado hit Texas City Wednesday night after severe storms rolled through the area, according to the National Weather Service.  Meteorologists have given the tornado a preliminary rating of EF-1. After conducting a survey this morning, NWS meteorologists have determined that the storm damage observed in Texas City yesterday evening was due to a tornado. The storm has been given a preliminary rating of EF-1. More information will be provided later…

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Possible tornado damage in Texas City after severe storms

Possible tornado damage in Texas City after severe storms

TEXAS CITY, Texas — A possible tornado hit Texas City Wednesday night after severe storms rolled through the area. There was damage to the Brazos Urethane building on 6th Street North. The road was closed while crews moved debris. Texas City ISD said due to storm damage, classes are canceled for Thursday at Kohfeldt and Calvin Vincent. District officials said power is out at Levi Fry, Roosevelt-Wilson Elementary and Blocker and is expected to be…

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Houston forecast: Slight risk of severe weather later today; Wintry weather for parts of Texas

We will get the first of two storm systems on Wednesday. The second arrives on Sunday. HOUSTON — We have enjoyed spring-like weather lately, but that all changes starting Wednesday. We will soon get a cold front for the second half of the day with a 70% rain chance and a wind shift to the northwest by late Wednesday evening. Some of those storms could pack a punch, as we have a concern for severe…

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Houston weather: Flash Flood Watch, Tornado Watch as cold front sweeps through | View live radar

Houston weather: Flash Flood Watch, Tornado Watch as cold front sweeps through | View live radar

And the temperatures are about to plunge into the 30s and 40s as we ring in 2021. HOUSTON — The overnight hours were relatively calm weather-wise in Houston proper, but we can’t let our guard down yet. A Tornado Watch remains in effect for Chambers, Galveston and Liberty counties until 3 p.m. There is also a Flash Flood Watch for parts of the Houston area through 3 p.m. today. Much of the heavy rainfall overnight…

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Houston weather: Flash Flood Warning for Brazoria, Galveston counties as cold front sweeps through | View live radar

Houston weather: Flash Flood Warning for Brazoria, Galveston counties as cold front sweeps through | View live radar

And the temperatures are about to plunge into the 30s and 40s as we ring in 2021. HOUSTON — The overnight hours were relatively calm weather-wise in Houston proper, but we can’t let our guard down yet. A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Brazoria and Galveston County until 1:45 p.m.   A Tornado Watch is in effect for Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston and Harris Counties until 3 p.m. today — especially for…

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Widespread downpours continue in Houston area with possibility of severe weather | View forecast

Widespread downpours continue in Houston area with possibility of severe weather | View forecast

Watch the latest forecast and radar here as storms push through the Houston area. HOUSTON — The KHOU 11 Weather team is tracking a “marginal” risk of severe weather across Houston and the rest of Southeast Texas as storms and rain push through Friday and Saturday. As of 7 a.m. the first of the storms were already sparking up on the west side and north of town, but even as this first round clears, more…

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Houston has a marginal risk of severe weather as heavy downpours move in | Live radar & cameras

Houston has a marginal risk of severe weather as heavy downpours move in | Live radar & cameras

View the forecast and radar here as storms push through the Houston area. HOUSTON — The KHOU 11 Weather team is tracking a “marginal” risk of severe weather across Houston and the rest of Southeast Texas as storms and rain push through Friday into Saturday. As of 7 a.m. the first of the storms were already sparking up on the west side and north of town, but even as this first round clears, more is…

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Liberty County wildfire 90-percent contained; Nearby residents can return home

Liberty County wildfire 90-percent contained; Nearby residents can return home

CLEVELAND, Texas — Several crews have almost contained a wildfire burning in Liberty County. Nearby residents who were evacuated can return to their homes. There are no reports of injuries. The fire is off County Road 3810 about seven miles southwest of Cleveland. Crews from Liberty, Montgomery County and San Jacinto counties battled the wildfire with help from the Texas A&M Forestry Service. At this point, we don’t know how the fire started.  Montgomery County…

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Liberty County wildfire 90-percent contained; Nearby residents can return

Liberty County wildfire 90-percent contained; Nearby residents can return

CLEVELAND, Texas — Several crews have almost contained a wildfire burning in Liberty County. Nearby residents who were evacuated can return to their homes. There are no reports of injuries. The fire is off County Road 3810 about seven miles southwest of Cleveland. Crews from Liberty, Montgomery County and San Jacinto counties battled the wildfire with help from the Texas A&M Forestry Service. At this point, we don’t know how the fire started.  Montgomery County…

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Some homes evacuated as Liberty County wildfire burns nearby

Some homes evacuated as Liberty County wildfire burns nearby

CLEVELAND, Texas — Several crews are trying to put out a wildfire burning in Liberty County. The fire is off County Road 3810 about seven miles southwest of Cleveland. Crews from Montgomery County are working to try to contain the fire. The Texas A&M Forestry Service, as well as Liberty and San Jacinto County firefighters, are being called out. At this point, we don’t know how the fire started.  Montgomery County Fire Crews are working…

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TCEQ Unveils New Technology For Monitoring Air Pollution During Hurricanes And Other Disasters

TCEQ Unveils New Technology For Monitoring Air Pollution During Hurricanes And Other Disasters

The TCEQ’s new SMART van can measure 16 different pollutants and analyze results in real-time while driving up to 35 mph. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) revealed new technology in Houston this week that the agency hopes will be instrumental in detecting air pollutants after hurricanes and other disasters. The new technology comes after the TCEQ faced criticism in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey for its slow response to monitoring air quality. A…

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Weekly Oil Market Crash Update: Hurricane Zeta Forces Shutdown Of Half The Gulf’s Oil Production

Weekly Oil Market Crash Update: Hurricane Zeta Forces Shutdown Of Half The Gulf’s Oil Production

This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Tropical Storm Zeta, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hurricane Zeta has entered the Gulf of Mexico, setting off another wave of shutdowns for many oil producers in the region. Reuters reports that BP, Shell, and Chevron are among the companies that have already evacuated some offshore facilities. Overall, energy producers have shut down around half of the Gulf’s oil output in what is now…

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Houston Wilderness Turns To “Super Trees” and Old Golf Courses To Fight Flooding and Climate Change

Houston Wilderness Turns To “Super Trees” and Old Golf Courses To Fight Flooding and Climate Change

Houston Wilderness president Deborah January-Bevers knew that the coronavirus was going to turn Houston upside down when Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner cancelled the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in early March. When she heard the news, the local environmental nonprofit was just wrapping up a tree planting event with NRG Energy. “NRG volunteers were helping us, and as we were finishing up the large-scale tree planting, the mayor announced the rodeo was closing… that was…

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Houstonians help with Louisiana recovery efforts after Hurricane Delta

Houstonians help with Louisiana recovery efforts after Hurricane Delta

After helping people devastated by Hurricane Laura, Disaster Rescue Response Specialist helped the community of Lake Charles get through Hurricane Delta. HOUSTON — Less than 24 hours after Hurricane Delta made landfall, Houstonians are on the ground helping our storm-ravaged neighbors in southwest Louisiana get back on their feet. That includes Chris Fontaine with with Disaster Rescue Response Specialist and his rescue crew. Their mantra is, “neighbors helping neighbors.” “We’re just trying to be there…

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Houston Forecast: Gusty winds, light showers as Hurricane Delta makes landfall well to our east

Houston Forecast: Gusty winds, light showers as Hurricane Delta makes landfall well to our east

HOUSTON — We can expect gusty, strong winds with light scattered rainfall throughout the day Friday. High temps will be near 90 degrees through the weekend with overnight lows in the 60s. The only complaint will continue to be allergies. The north breeze that’s brought in the cooler air and lower humidity is also bringing in high amounts of Ragweed pollen.

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&#039;Don&#039;t let your guard down now&#039; | Galveston County officials warn residents ahead of Hurricane Delta

'Don't let your guard down now' | Galveston County officials warn residents ahead of Hurricane Delta

While Texas is not expected to take a direct hit, the Gulf Coast could see tropical storm force winds. GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas — Galveston County Emergency Management officials urge people to prepare for tropical storm-force winds from Hurricane Delta as the system heads for landfall around Friday morning. Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Tafuri said people should bring in any patio furniture or garden items that are loose because of the expected winds, which could gust…

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Bolivar Peninsula, High Island residents keeping a close eye on Hurricane Delta

Bolivar Peninsula, High Island residents keeping a close eye on Hurricane Delta

The Galveston County Judge is optimistic that Hurricane Delta won’t cause serious damage to the area, but he’s warning residents to be prepared. BOLIVAR PENINSULA, Texas — Residents to the east of Galveston might see more of an impact from Hurricane Delta than others. Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said they’re preparing for some issues on Bolivar Peninsula. “I mean, yeah, you are nervous watching the path of the storm of course anything can change…

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VERIFY: We don&#039;t if there are more or less hurricanes now than 100 years ago

VERIFY: We don't if there are more or less hurricanes now than 100 years ago

During the debate, Vice President Mike Pence said there are no more hurricanes now than a century ago, but reliable data wasn’t available back then. HOUSTON — The 2020 hurricane season has been one of the most active on record, but are there more storms now than in the past? That was one of the topics during Wednesday’s debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris. Moderator Susan Page commented, “We’ve seen record-setting…

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Weekly Oil Market Crash Update: Tropical Storms Add More Challenges Amid Coronavirus Downturn

Weekly Oil Market Crash Update: Tropical Storms Add More Challenges Amid Coronavirus Downturn

An oil and gas refinery near La Porte, on Aug. 28, 2020. Once again oil producers in the Gulf of Mexico are preparing for a major storm. Reuters reports that companies have already started evacuating offshore oil platforms as Hurricane Delta strengthened to a category 4 storm in the Caribbean Tuesday. Ahead of Hurricane Laura in August, offshore oil production in the Gulf dipped by more than 1 million barrels a day as refineries shut…

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COVID-19 Update, Hurricane Delta, And Roman Mars Of 99% Invisible (Oct. 7, 2020)

COVID-19 Update, Hurricane Delta, And Roman Mars Of 99% Invisible (Oct. 7, 2020)

Houston Matters begins at 9 a.m. CT on 88.7FM or listen online. Join the discussion at 713-440-8870, talk@houstonmatters.org or @HoustonMatters. On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health, gives us an update on the COVID-19 situation in the region. And we get an update on Hurricane Delta, which is expected to land on the Gulf Coast Friday evening or early Saturday. Then our political roundup includes the latest in…

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Galveston, Bolivar could experience &#039;minor&#039; coastal flooding from Hurricane Delta

Galveston, Bolivar could experience 'minor' coastal flooding from Hurricane Delta

Chris Hendricks tries to clear debris from a storm drain to help with the draining of floodwaters from Tropical Storm Beta on his street Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 in Galveston. Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer Hurricane Delta could cause minor flooding in Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula’s “usual vulnerable spots” later this week as the storm nears the Gulf Coast. Storm surge from Delta — a category 4 hurricane as of Tuesday afternoon…

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Eyes on the tropics: Tropical depression 26 into hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico

Eyes on the tropics: Tropical depression 26 into hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico

The depression is one of several systems we’re watching. HOUSTON — There’s a reason hurricane season runs through Nov. 30. After back-to-back tropical weather for the Houston area, followed by a few weeks of relative calmness in the Atlantic, the tropics have once again come alive. And there’s one system out there that our meteorologists are keeping a close eye on. On Sunday, Tropical Depression 26 formed and it’s expected to strengthen into a tropical…

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Eyes on the tropics: Potential Tropical Cyclone 26 expected to reach Gulf Coast as hurricane later this week

Eyes on the tropics: Potential Tropical Cyclone 26 expected to reach Gulf Coast as hurricane later this week

The National Hurricane Center is currently monitoring several systems in the Atlantic. HOUSTON — There’s a reason hurricane season runs through Nov. 30. After back-to-back tropical weather for the Houston area, followed by a few weeks of relative calmness in the Atlantic, the tropics have once again come alive. And there’s one system out there that our meteorologists are keeping a close eye on. Invest 92L has developed into potential Tropical Cyclone 26. The National…

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Tropical Storm Gamma moves across Yucatan Peninsula

Tropical Storm Gamma moves across Yucatan Peninsula

There are no immediate tropical threats to the Texas coast or American mainland at this time. HOUSTON — Tropical Depression 25 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Gamma in the northwest Caribbean Sea Friday evening. As of 4 p.m. Saturday, the storm is about 65 miles northwest of Tulum, Mexico with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It is moving northwest at 8 mph. Gamma is moving northern edge of the Yucatan Peninsula and will enter…

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Tropical Depression 25 strengthens into Tropical Storm Gamma in western Caribbean

Tropical Depression 25 strengthens into Tropical Storm Gamma in western Caribbean

There are no immediate tropical threats to the Texas coast or American mainland at this time. HOUSTON — Tropical Depression 25 has strengthened into Tropical Storm Gamma in the northwest Caribbean Sea Friday evening. The storm is about 135 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It is moving northwest at 9 mph. It is now expected to go northwest over the northern edge of the Yucatan Peninsula and enter…

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Have car, can help: Nonprofit created to rescue people during Hurricane Harvey delivers food to neighbors amid COVID-19

Have car, can help: Nonprofit created to rescue people during Hurricane Harvey delivers food to neighbors amid COVID-19

“These are people that can’t get out of their house. So either they shouldn’t leave their house for health reasons or they don’t have transportation.” HOUSTON — Seven months into this pandemic, and so many of our neighbors still need help. Crowdsource Rescue, a nonprofit formed during Hurricane Harvey, is pivoting from natural disasters to the national emergency. Like so many of us, Judy Van Norman’s watched this pandemic absolutely wreck lives. “It really is…

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Tropical wave in Caribbean could become Tropical Storm Gamma this weekend

Tropical wave in Caribbean could become Tropical Storm Gamma this weekend

There are no immediate tropical threats to the Texas coast or American mainland at this time, but we will want to watch this closely. HOUSTON — We’re closely watching what could become a tropical depression or even Tropical Storm Gamma, says KHOU 11 Meteorologist Chita Craft. As of Wednesday morning, the National Hurricane Center said the disturbance had a 30% chance of development over the next 48 hours and a 70% chance over the next…

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&#039;They deserve a break&#039; | Houston firefighters fly out to California to help exhausted crews battle deadly wildfires

'They deserve a break' | Houston firefighters fly out to California to help exhausted crews battle deadly wildfires

HOUSTON — More than 40 firefighters from the Houston area boarded plans Tuesday morning at Hobby Airport, joining thousands of emergency responders headed to northern California to fight the deadly wildfires. Southwest has agreed to waive fares for the 170 firefighters from Texas who are going to California today in support. That includes firefighters from Conroe, Montgomery and Humble and other local departments. Right now, there are close to 30 fires burning across the state…

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