Zeta likely hurricane before hitting Yucatan, heading for US

Zeta likely hurricane before hitting Yucatan, heading for US

MIAMI (AP) — A strengthening Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to become a hurricane Monday as it heads toward the eastern end of Mexico’s resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and then likely move on for a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek. Zeta, which on Sunday became the earliest ever 27th named storm of the Atlantic season, was centered about 260 miles (420 kilometers) southeast of Cozumel island late Sunday, the U.S. National…

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Tropical Storm Zeta forms near Cuba, expected to strengthen

Tropical Storm Zeta forms near Cuba, expected to strengthen

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Zeta formed early Sunday off the coast of Cuba, becoming the earliest named 27th Atlantic storm recorded in an already historic hurricane season. The system was centered about 250 miles (400 kilometers) south-southeast of the western tip of Cuba, forecasters with the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a 2 a.m. EDT advisory. Zeta was stationary, located near the Yucatan Peninsula about 260 miles (415 kilometers) east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico….

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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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Louisiana's back-to-back hurricanes: Future unsure for many

Louisiana's back-to-back hurricanes: Future unsure for many

CAMERON, La. (AP) — Michele Vincent’s home was largely intact in spite of hurricanes Laura and Delta. But tears streamed down her face as she looked at her church’s broken windows and shattered pews. “It’s hard to come back and see it again and then to know there’s another (hurricane) that’s out there,” Vincent, of Cameron, told The Advertiser of Lafayette. “It’s tough.” She said people leave with every hurricane that batters Louisiana’s lightly populated…

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In hurricane-ravaged Louisiana, residents dig out, again

In hurricane-ravaged Louisiana, residents dig out, again

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A blue tarp covered a hole in their roof, torn open when the last hurricane blew through. Friday night, the next hurricane tried to rip the tarp away. Earnestine and Milton Wesley had decided to ride out Hurricane Delta in their Lake Charles home, damaged just weeks earlier by Hurricane Laura. As the wind rustled the tarp above them, they grabbed it through the hole in the ceiling and held…

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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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The Latest: Former Hurricane Delta weakens to a depression

The Latest: Former Hurricane Delta weakens to a depression

10 a.m. MIAMI — A hurricane that swept ashore in Louisiana less than 24 hours ago has weakened to a tropical depression and is bringing heavy rain to western Mississippi. The National Hurricane center says maximum sustained winds of what was once Hurricane Delta were clocked at 35 mph (55 kph) at around 10 a.m. local time Saturday. Delta was centered about 65 miles (105 kilometers) north-northwest of Jackson, Mississippi, and was moving northeast at…

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Hurricane Delta's winds knock out power in parts of Galveston County

Hurricane Delta's winds knock out power in parts of Galveston County

Galveston County’s Office of Emergency Management reported about 2,600 customers without power around 8 p.m. Friday. GALVESTON, Texas — Hurricane Delta largely spared Southeast Texas with some areas only experiencing power outages and strong surf on Friday afternoon. Galveston County’s Office of Emergency Management reported about 2,600 customers without power around 8 p.m. Friday from the three major service providers: CenterPoint, Entergy, and Texas-New Mexico. The majority of the outages were on Bolivar Peninsula.  OEM…

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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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The Latest: Major Hurricane Delta to make landfall Friday

The Latest: Major Hurricane Delta to make landfall Friday

1 a.m. A hurricane warning, storm surge warning and tropical storm warnings are in effect for Hurricane Delta, a major hurricane spinning toward the U.S. Gulf Coast. The National Hurricane Center says in a 1 a.m. advisory that Delta is centered 250 miles (400 kilometers) south of Cameron, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds at 120 mph (195 kph). The hurricane warning stretches from High Island, Texas, to Morgan City, Louisiana. The Category 3 system could…

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Battered Louisiana coast braces for 1 more: Hurricane Delta

Battered Louisiana coast braces for 1 more: Hurricane Delta

ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — Boarded windows and empty sidewalks made parts of Louisiana’s Acadiana region look like empty movie sets as major Hurricane Delta roared ever closer to the U.S. Gulf coast, apparently on track to smash into the same southwestern part of the state where Hurricane Laura blasted ashore six weeks ago. Forecasters said Delta — the 25th named storm of an unprecedented Atlantic hurricane season — would likely crash ashore late Friday somewhere…

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'Don't let your guard down now' | 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'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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Port Aransas closes to vehicular traffic from Thursday to Saturday due to Hurricane Delta

Port Aransas closes to vehicular traffic from Thursday to Saturday due to Hurricane Delta

click image With Hurricane Delta closing in, Port Aransas will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8 p.m. on Thursday to 9 a.m. on Saturday, MySA reports. The National Hurricane Center has classified Delta as a category 2 storm with 100 mph winds, and it’s expected to strengthen as it moves up the Gulf Coast. According to the Weather Channel, the NHC has issued a hurricane warning for High Island, Texas, to Morgan City, Louisiana, which includes…

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The Latest: Hurricane Delta might slam same region Laura did

The Latest: Hurricane Delta might slam same region Laura did

1 p.m. BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says the most recent forecast for Hurricane Delta has the storm making landfall “almost precisely” where Hurricane Laura struck in August. The governor said in a radio interview Thursday that southwestern Louisiana could be helped by the fast pace of Delta, which is expected to move in and out of the area more quickly than Laura. But he also acknowledged the fragility of the…

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'Sheer anxiety': Louisiana braces itself for Hurricane Delta

'Sheer anxiety': Louisiana braces itself for Hurricane Delta

MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) — Louisiana residents still recovering from the devastation of a powerful hurricane less than two months ago braced for another hit as Hurricane Delta steamed north through the Gulf on Thursday after swiping Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Forecasters warned that the storm could blow ashore Friday with winds of up to 100 mph (160 kph) and a storm surge of up to 11 feet (3.4 meters). They placed most of Louisiana within…

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Hurricane Delta expected to produce high tides in Galveston

Hurricane Delta expected to produce high tides in Galveston

GALVESTON, Texas — City of Galveston officials said they’re expecting tides up to 5 feet above average beginning later this week due to Hurricane Delta. The city said the high tides would begin on Thursday and could cause some coastal flooding, particularly in low-lying areas. The storm is expected to hit the Gulf Coast as a major hurricane later this week. Although the Texas coast is not expected to be directly impacted, officials still want…

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Busy 2020 hurricane season has Louisiana bracing a 6th time

Busy 2020 hurricane season has Louisiana bracing a 6th time

MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) — For the sixth time in the Atlantic hurricane season, people in Louisiana are once more fleeing the state’s barrier islands and sailing boats to safe harbor while emergency officials ramp up command centers and consider ordering evacuations. The storm being watched Wednesday was Hurricane Delta, the 25th named storm of the Atlantic’s unprecedented hurricane season. Forecasts placed most of the state within Delta’s path. “This season has been relentless,” Louisiana…

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The Latest: Hurricane-weary Louisiana prepares for Delta

The Latest: Hurricane-weary Louisiana prepares for Delta

1:20 p.m. BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says Hurricane Delta is expected to make landfall there Friday night or Saturday morning and the entire state is in the storm’s possible path. Edwards says state and local officials in coastal areas are shoring up levees, sandbagging and taking other protections measures. Louisiana is still recovering from Hurricane Laura, which ravaged the southwestern region as it roared ashore as a Category 4 storm…

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Port Aransas will be closed to vehicular traffic from Thursday to Saturday due to Hurricane Delta

Port Aransas will be closed to vehicular traffic from Thursday to Saturday due to Hurricane Delta

On Tuesday, Port Aransas officials announced the beach will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Saturday due to possible flooding from Hurricane Delta. Bob Owen On Tuesday, Port Aransas officials announced the beach will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Saturday due to possible flooding from Hurricane Delta. Delta, a Category 2 storm with 100 mph winds, made landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula…

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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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Category 4 Hurricane Delta roars toward Mexico's Cancun area

Category 4 Hurricane Delta roars toward Mexico's Cancun area

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Delta, a slightly weakened but still dangerous Category 4 storm, barreled toward Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula with winds of 130 mph (215 kph) for an expected landfall south of the Cancun resort before dawn Wednesday. Quintana Roo Gov. Carlos Joaquín said the state government had prepared, but warned residents and tourists that “it is a strong, powerful hurricane,” though he considered it a good sign that Delta had weakened a bit…

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Galveston, Bolivar could experience 'minor' 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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2020 hurricane season is the second most active on record

2020 hurricane season is the second most active on record

Record countdown is on for most tropical systems to make landfall in the U.S. in one season. The Gulf Coast has seen more than half of those landfalls. AUSTIN, Texas — It is no secret that the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is one of the most active in recent memory.  For the second time in history, meteorologists had to turn to the Greek Alphabet to name storms because the predetermined list of tropical system names…

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There Aren’t Just More Hurricanes In The Gulf Now; They’re Also Moving Slower

There Aren’t Just More Hurricanes In The Gulf Now; They’re Also Moving Slower

Yet another hurricane is moving through the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Delta is the 25th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season – one of the busiest ever. But there aren’t just more hurricanes forming in the Gulf these days. Storms are also moving more slowly than they used to, drenching areas with rainfall as they linger – much like Hurricane Harvey did in Southeast Texas in 2017. Kimberly Wood, an assistant professor of meteorology…

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Hurricane Delta now Category 2, roars at Mexico's Yucatan

Hurricane Delta now Category 2, roars at Mexico's Yucatan

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified into a Category 2 hurricane early Tuesday, packing 110 mph (175 kmh) winds on a course to hammer southeastern Mexico and then grow to a potentially catastrophic Category 4 as it approaches the U.S. Gulf coast. As Delta shifted west on Monday, Cuba withdrew a hurricane warning for its western province of Pinar del Rio and replaced it with a tropical storm warning. There was also a…

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Hurricane Delta rapidly strengthening, expected to become major storm Tuesday

Hurricane Delta rapidly strengthening, expected to become major storm Tuesday

Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Hurricane Delta rapidly strengthening, expected to become major storm Tuesday Tropical Storm Delta has been upgraded to a category 1 hurricane and is expected to make landfall later this week. 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. CLOSE This year’s Atlantic hurricane season…

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Tropical Storm Delta strengthens as it churns toward Gulf Coast: NHC updates for Monday

CLOSE Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Tropical Depression 26 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Delta Monday morning, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center. The disturbance was upgraded to a tropical depression Sunday night. Tropical Storm Delta was located less than 100 miles south of Jamaica Monday morning, and was moving in a northwestern direction at 9 mph. It has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.  The system is expected to move…

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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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Tropical Depression forms near Gulf of Mexico, could become Tropical Storm Gamma

Tropical Depression forms near Gulf of Mexico, could become Tropical Storm Gamma

Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Tropical Depression forms near Gulf of Mexico, could become Tropical Storm Gamma A tropical depression formed Friday morning may become Tropical Storm Gamma as it moves toward the Gulf of Mexico. 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. CLOSE A tropical depression formed…

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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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Southeast Texas couple escaping Hurricane Laura welcomes twins at East Texas hospital

Southeast Texas couple escaping Hurricane Laura welcomes twins at East Texas hospital

“I was about 30, almost 31 weeks pregnant, and he just didn’t want anything bad to happen,” Rachel Fuller said. MARSHALL, Texas — Just days before Hurricane Laura made landfall, Rachel and Chase Fuller decided to evacuate from their home when it wasn’t clear where Hurricane Laura would land. “I was about 30, almost 31 weeks pregnant, and he just didn’t want anything bad to happen,” Rachel said. “So he said, let’s go somewhere where…

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