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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Tornado causes damage, displaces families in Houston suburb

Tornado causes damage, displaces families in Houston suburb

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — A tornado swept through a portion of a city in suburban Houston, displacing about 500 people from a damaged apartment complex, officials said Thursday. A strong storm swept through Texas City around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, causing heavy damage to a 129-unit apartment complex, said Tom Muñoz, Texas City’s emergency management coordinator. A nearby convenience store and two schools were also damaged. The schools canceled classes on Thursday. No injuries…

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EF-1 tornado strikes Texas City during Wednesday'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'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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New Year's Eve storms, possible tornados expected in South

New Year's Eve storms, possible tornados expected in South

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Severe storms capable of spinning up tornados are expected across the Deep South. Forecasters say the storms are expected to strike the region on Thursday — New Year’s Eve. The national Storm Prediction Center says the area most at risk of severe weather on Thursday includes parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and southeast Texas. The region at enhanced risk of severe weather includes more than 4 million people and the metropolitan areas…

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Heavy snow expected in Texas; storm could spawn tornadoes

Heavy snow expected in Texas; storm could spawn tornadoes

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A winter storm moving across southwestern Texas on Wednesday could dump more than a foot (0.30 meters) of snow before moving eastward and possibly spawning tornadoes in parts of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on New Year’s Eve, according to weather forecasters. The storm produced what Grams said was a likely a brief tornado in Corsicana, Texas, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Dallas shortly before noon Wednesday. More than a…

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Hurricanes, virus can't stop Louisiana couple's wedding

Hurricanes, virus can't stop Louisiana couple's wedding

GRAND LAKE La. (AP) — Most couples might have wondered whether the forces of nature were against them after moving their wedding three times because of the pandemic and two hurricanes that hit almost the exact same spot within weeks of one another. But Emily Kitfield and Taylor Pascale were even more determined than ever to tie the knot. And in a small ceremony Dec. 5 surrounded by close friends and family, Emily finally got…

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2 months after hurricanes, Louisiana residents still hurting

2 months after hurricanes, Louisiana residents still hurting

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — As southwest Louisiana recovers from the back-to-back hurricanes that hammered the region this year, signs of progress compete with lingering evidence of mass destruction. The fallen trees that carpeted neighborhoods have mostly been chopped up and hauled away, but the roofs they devoured are still covered in blue tarps. Piles of debris still line the roads. Brandy Monticello is thankful for the progress. She and her wife no longer have…

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Drought And High Risk Of Wildfire Are Likely In Texas At Least Through Winter

Drought And High Risk Of Wildfire Are Likely In Texas At Least Through Winter

The risk of wildfires will be higher than normal through the winter in much of Texas. It’s yet another effect of the drought that continues to worsen in much of the state, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Though parts of Texas got some rain after the Thanksgiving holiday, the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor map shows nearly a quarter of the state is now classified in “extreme drought.” The story behind the drought…

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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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Houston has a marginal risk of severe weather as heavy downpours move in | View forecast

Houston has a marginal risk of severe weather as heavy downpours move in | View forecast

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. The poor weather will continue this afternoon and tomorrow…

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‘This Is The Worst Thanksgiving Of My Life’: Arlington Mechanic Watches Shop Crumble During Tornado

‘This Is The Worst Thanksgiving Of My Life’: Arlington Mechanic Watches Shop Crumble During Tornado

ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Some small business owners in Arlington spent Wednesday, Nov. 25 salvaging what was left of their shops after Tuesday night’s EF-2 tornado. Many say they were already struggling from the pandemic. Joanna Ulloa has owned Ulloa Monster Place, a car mechanic shop since 2015. On Tuesday night, she stuck out the storm inside and watched her shop crumble before her eyes. She now says, she can’t afford to fix it. “We…

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‘It’s A New Start’: Richardson Couple Moves Into Newly-Built Home 1 Year After Tornado Destroyed House

RICHARDSON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Rex and Susie Browne have a lot to celebrate this Thanksgiving. They once again have a home of their own. The longtime homeowners in the Richland Park neighborhood of Richardson rebuilt after a tornado blew through in October of last year as she and her husband and their grand-dogs huddled in their bathtub. They moved in recently, and Susie Browne said, “We love it. I think it’s been about three and…

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Tornado causes damage, injuries in Dallas-area city

Tornado causes damage, injuries in Dallas-area city

Nov. 25, 2020Updated: Nov. 25, 2020 1:33 p.m. 1of7The street sign on Cooper St. at Secretary Dr. was blown over in Arlington when a tornado-warned storm blew through, Tuesday night, Nov. 25, 2020. No one was seriously injured across the street at the Burger Box restaurant. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP)Tom Fox/APShow MoreShow Less 2of7A City of Arlington street crewman cleans up debris from The Mirage Apartments complex along Pioneer Parkway in Arlington, Texas,…

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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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San Antonian collecting donations for Hurricane Eta victims

San Antonian collecting donations for Hurricane Eta victims

“It is important for us to step up and just be part of the community,” the organizer said. SAN ANTONIO — They say after the storm comes the calm, but peace is the last thing many Central Americans are feeling. “A lot of families have been misplaced,” Martha Gutierrez said. “It’s been devastating.” For the San Antonio resident, seeing the ruin Hurricane Eta left in its path are images that hit far too close to…

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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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Texas rolls out mobile pollution monitoring capabilities following failures during Hurricane Harvey

Texas rolls out mobile pollution monitoring capabilities following failures during Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON – Texas officials on Tuesday said the state’s environmental agency has added greater capacity to quickly monitor pollution across the state during storms and other disaster events, such as chemical fires. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality purchased a new van and retrofitted two other vans earlier this year with technology to monitor emissions in real time while the vehicles are in motion, part of what agency officials say is a broader effort to…

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After Hurricane Dorian, a layup helped the Bahamas rebuild

After Hurricane Dorian, a layup helped the Bahamas rebuild

The newly rebuilt Tabernacle Baptist Church in Freeport, Bahamas, doesn’t see as many parishioners as it would in normal times, simply because coronavirus concerns keep a number of them from venturing too far from home. So these days, the church arranges delivery of groceries, care packages, health supplies and more to those in need. Strangers made that possible. And it all started with a layup. Nathan Bain provided one of college basketball’s signature moments last…

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The Latest: Zeta weakens into a tropical storm over Alabama

The Latest: Zeta weakens into a tropical storm over Alabama

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT): 1:30 a.m. Zeta has weakened into a tropical storm over central Alabama. The National Hurricane Center says strong winds are continuing over across portions of the state and the Florida panhandle early Thursday. The storm was about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south southeast of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (112 kmh). Zeta is moving quickly toward the northeast near 31…

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The Latest: Powerful Hurricane Zeta makes Louisiana landfall

The Latest: Powerful Hurricane Zeta makes Louisiana landfall

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Zeta (all times CDT): 4 p.m. MIAMI — The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Zeta has crashed ashore in storm-weary Louisiana as a powerful Category 2 storm, striking the latest blow of an extraordinarily busy Atlantic tropical storm season. The Miami-based center says a hurricane hunter aircraft confirmed at 4 p.m. Wednesday that the menacing storm had made landfall near Cocodrie, Louisiana. The fast-moving storm came ashore…

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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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Hurricane warning for New Orleans as Zeta swirls over Mexico

Hurricane warning for New Orleans as Zeta swirls over Mexico

Storm-weary Louisiana is once again under a hurricane warning, with Zeta leaving Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on a path that could hit New Orleans Wednesday night. Zeta, the 27th named storm in a very busy Atlantic season, made landfall just north of the ancient Mayan city of Tulum with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph). It weakened to a tropical storm as it crossed over land, but it was expected to regain its strength…

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Hurricane Zeta is ashore in resort zone of Mexico's Yucatan

Hurricane Zeta is ashore in resort zone of Mexico's Yucatan

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Zeta, the 27th named storm in a very busy Atlantic season, made landfall on the Caribbean coast of the eastern Yucatan Peninsula late Monday while whipping the resorts around Tulum with rain and wind. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Zeta came ashore just north of Tulum with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph). Quintana Roo state Gov. Carlos Joaquín had warned that “nobody should be on the…

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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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