Amid power grid changes, new PUC chair says Texas is readying for severe weather

Amid power grid changes, new PUC chair says Texas is readying for severe weather

AUSTIN, Texas — Five months into the job, the chairman of the Texas Public Utility Commission is promising to swiftly institute reforms to help prevent another power catastrophe like the one the state experienced during a winter freeze in February. Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Peter Lake to the position in April as part of sweeping reforms to the management of the state power grid. Lake acknowledges that reforms will take months, but he says the…

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Jarrell woman said flooding damage to new home may be due to social media challenge

Jarrell woman said flooding damage to new home may be due to social media challenge

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident as vandalism. JARRELL, Texas — A Jarrell woman wants justice after vandals flooded her brand new home before she even moved in. Jarrell is a city about 41 miles north of Austin. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident as vandalism, and Samantha Sandoval wants others to know that the crime may be due to a popular TikTok challenge. She shared videos of soaking…

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Texas Offers 4 Lessons For Staying Safe In Flash Floods

Texas Offers 4 Lessons For Staying Safe In Flash Floods

Updated September 21, 2021 at 3:51 PM ET Flooding kills more Americans than nearly any other weather hazard, and over half of flood deaths happen on roads. That risk is increasing with climate change, since hotter air can hold more moisture. As the deadly floods in the Northeast after Hurricane Ida showed, some places are less prepared than others. So we reached out to a group of experts from the flood-prone state of Texas. Here…

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Tracking Peter and Rose, 2 new tropical storms in Atlantic

Tracking Peter and Rose, 2 new tropical storms in Atlantic

We’re keeping an eye on tropical storms Rose and Peter. The storms are not expected to impact the Houston area. HOUSTON — Two new tropical storms formed Sunday in the Atlantic, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical storms Rose and Peter are not expected to have an impact on the Houston area. Peter became the 16th named storm of the 2021 hurricane season when it was named Sunday. As of 10 p.m. Sunday, Peter…

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'It is what it is' | Five days after Hurricane Nicholas, hundreds are still without power

'It is what it is' | Five days after Hurricane Nicholas, hundreds are still without power

“It’s hot. We’d really like to get some power. We’ll see what happens, hopefully tonight,” David Englert said. ANGLETON, Texas — Hundreds of people were still without power Saturday, five days after Hurricane Nicholas. Many of those outages are down in Brazoria County. An entire street was lined with limbs, a common sight in and around the city of Angleton. “We had some limbs fall down, some brush, but for the most part, we’re doing…

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After Hurricane Nicholas, thousands still without power in Houston area heading into the weekend

After Hurricane Nicholas, thousands still without power in Houston area heading into the weekend

Lake Jackson’s mayor says he believes his city likely has the worst of the damage from Nicholas. LAKE JACKSON, Texas — For most Houston-area residents, Hurricane Nicholas feels like a distant memory. But there are thousands heading into the weekend without power. The beautiful, old trees in Lake Jackson proved to be a liability when Nicholas arrived. Dozens of them were defeated by the powerful winds of the storm, toppling onto homes, and taking out…

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'Gotta love Texas': TikTok sparks debate on Whataburger being open during tropical storm

'Gotta love Texas': TikTok sparks debate on Whataburger being open during tropical storm

If there’s one thing Texas can always count on, it’s Whataburger. Recently, a viral TikTok touched on how Whataburger stays open during harsh weather. Remember MySA’s story of when the fast-food chain stayed open during the Texas winter storm in San Antonio? We do. User @littlehellion8 posted her video of a long line at one Deer Park Whataburger on Monday, September 13, when a Category 1 Hurricane Nicholas was heading toward Houston. Deer Park isn’t…

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CPS Energy workers travel to Houston to help with Hurricane Nicholas recovery

CPS Energy workers travel to Houston to help with Hurricane Nicholas recovery

32 Workers headed out Wednesday morning to help restore power after Hurricane Nicholas swept through the area. SAN ANTONIO — Workers with CPS Energy set out for the Houston area this morning to help restore power after Hurricane Nicholas. In the early morning hours, crews were hard at work prepping for the long road ahead of them. “We’re going to CenterPoint, which is in Houston, to assist our brothers over there to restore power,” said…

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Beware of this CenterPoint Energy scam after Hurricane Nicholas

Beware of this CenterPoint Energy scam after Hurricane Nicholas

According to Houston city council member Abbie Kamin, scam artists are calling people claiming to be a representative of CenterPoint Energy.  The caller demands that the victim pay a sizeable sum of money, or their electricity will be shut off. Typically, they’re asked to load a prepaid card and read the serial number over the phone. By the time the truth is realized, the money has already been transferred to another account.  Please be aware…

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The first thing you should do if your home is damaged by severe weather

The first thing you should do if your home is damaged by severe weather

What do you do if you have damage from a hurricane or storm? Document, document, document! HOUSTON — If your property was damaged during a recent storm, like Hurricane Nicholas, the first step is to file a claim. You need to call your insurance company as soon as possible. The company will want to know about the damage, so document as much as you can with photos and videos. Keep a record of everyone you…

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Hurricane battered Louisiana braces for Nicholas drenching

Hurricane battered Louisiana braces for Nicholas drenching

POINTE-AUX-CHENES, La. (AP) — Residents of southern Louisiana still recovering from Hurricane Ida just weeks ago were bracing Wednesday for expected heavy rains as Nicholas crawls across parts of the state from Texas. Nicholas made landfall as a hurricane early Tuesday on the Texas coast, dumping heavy rain even though it was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm and later a depression. But forecasters said Nicholas could stall over storm-battered Louisiana and spread life-threatening floods…

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'We have people in the community who care' | Neighbors spring to action to help each other after Hurricane Nicholas

'We have people in the community who care' | Neighbors spring to action to help each other after Hurricane Nicholas

From sharing generators to cutting up fallen trees, neighbors are helping neighbors in the aftermath of Hurricane Nicholas. HOUSTON — In the wake of Hurricane Nicholas — from Missouri City to all the way down to Dickinson — the stories are much the same. Neighbors are springing to action when they see another in need. RELATED: CenterPoint timeline: Which areas get power first and why? As the night passed, their hearts sank. “It was really…

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Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: Crews continue working to restore power to Houston area

Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: Crews continue working to restore power to Houston area

Nicholas caused some damage and flooding in coastal communities when it roared ashore overnight as a Category 1 hurricane. HOUSTON — Nicholas is now a tropical storm again after making landfall overnight as a hurricane. Widespread power outages remain across Southeast Texas. The worst and damage we’ve seen is in coastal communities but there are trees down all over the Greater Houston Area. Even if roads are not flooded, many do not have traffic signals…

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Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: rews continue working to restore power to Houston area

Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: rews continue working to restore power to Houston area

Nicholas caused some damage and flooding in coastal communities when it roared ashore overnight as a Category 1 hurricane. HOUSTON — Nicholas is now a tropical storm again after making landfall overnight as a hurricane. Widespread power outages remain across Southeast Texas. The worst and damage we’ve seen is in coastal communities but there are trees down all over the Greater Houston Area. Even if roads are not flooded, many do not have traffic signals…

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South Texas volunteers deploy to help with Hurricane Nicholas

South Texas volunteers deploy to help with Hurricane Nicholas

Volunteers will be in the area offering aid for weeks. SAN ANTONIO — American Red Cross volunteers from south Texas are stepping in to help recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Nicholas. The scope of the damage Hurricane Nicholas left in its wake since making landfall in east Texas is still being determined. “We have advanced teams that are out, that will go out as soon as the winds drop below 39 miles-per-hour,”…

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Family safe after tree falls on Kashmere Gardens home during Hurricane Nicholas

Family safe after tree falls on Kashmere Gardens home during Hurricane Nicholas

The father says the tree almost went through his daughter’s bedroom window. HOUSTON — Nicholas knocked out power and knocked down trees in parts of northeast Houston including in the Kashmere Gardens neighborhood. The storm damage is making it harder to get around. Calvacade is one of the main streets through this neighborhood. Its westbound lanes just west of Lockwood are blocked by a giant tree. People in this neighborhood have been through a lot…

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Surfside Beach, Brazoria County hit hard by Tropical Storm Nicholas

Surfside Beach, Brazoria County hit hard by Tropical Storm Nicholas

Those who rode out the storm said they’re glad their community doesn’t look any worse, but Surfside Beach residents are not thrilled about having no water or power. SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas — Tropical Storm Nicholas wreaked havoc on Surfside Beach where you could see stop lights out, flooding and other structural damage. Brazoria County was one of the hardest-hit areas. Those who rode out the storm said they’re glad their community doesn’t look any worse,…

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Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: HISD schools will be open Wednesday

Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: HISD schools will be open Wednesday

Nicholas caused some damage and flooding in coastal communities when it roared ashore overnight as a Category 1 hurricane. HOUSTON — Nicholas is now a tropical storm again after making landfall overnight as a hurricane. There are widespread power outages across Southeast Texas affecting more than half a million customers.  The worst and damage we’ve seen is in coastal communities but there are trees down all over the Greater Houston Area.  Local authorities have advised…

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Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: Galveston businesses reopening; METRO resuming services tomorrow

Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: Galveston businesses reopening; METRO resuming services tomorrow

Nicholas caused some damage and flooding in coastal communities when it roared ashore overnight as a Category 1 hurricane. HOUSTON — Nicholas is now a tropical storm again after making landfall overnight as a hurricane. There are widespread power outages across Southeast Texas affecting more than half a million customers.  The worst and damage we’ve seen is in coastal communities but there are trees down all over the Greater Houston Area.  Local authorities have advised…

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Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: Galveston businesses reopening

Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: Galveston businesses reopening

Nicholas caused some damage and flooding in coastal communities when it roared ashore overnight as a Category 1 hurricane. HOUSTON — Nicholas is now a tropical storm again after making landfall overnight as a hurricane. There are widespread power outages across Southeast Texas affecting more than half a million customers.  The worst and damage we’ve seen is in coastal communities but there are trees down all over the Greater Houston Area.  Local authorities have advised…

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Tropical Storm Nicholas may be gone, but Corpus Christi is in for more rain

Don’t put that umbrella away just yet. Tropical Storm Nicholas has left the Corpus Christi area, but more rain and thunderstorms are expected throughout the week. The storm, which made landfall as a Category 1 Hurricane Monday night, will likely be downgraded to a tropical depression by Wednesday morning as it continues traveling northeast. While Wednesday is forecast to be sunny and clear, Thursday will bring showers and thunderstorms that will continue into next week, according to the…

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LIST: Schools closed Wednesday due to Hurricane Nicholas

LIST: Schools closed Wednesday due to Hurricane Nicholas

HOUSTON — Nicholas made landfall as a hurricane near Sargent, TX. early Tuesday morning. Though not as big as a rainmaker as we anticipated, the storm still caused quite a bit of damage to areas near the coast and caused a widespread power outage to much of the Houston area. Due to the damage from the storm, some school districts are opting to remain closed Wednesday for the safety of their students and staff. This…

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Texas sees limited damage in wake of Tropical Storm Nicholas as storm weakens and takes aim at Louisiana

Texas sees limited damage in wake of Tropical Storm Nicholas as storm weakens and takes aim at Louisiana

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. HOUSTON — As a weakening Tropical Storm Nicholas slowly chugged toward Louisiana Tuesday morning, towns on the Gulf Coast battered by heavy rainfall and strong winds last night woke to find minimal damage. Nearly 500,000 customers in coastal counties were still without power Tuesday morning. Debris littered roadways across the region. But emergency officials had…

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Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: Bush, Hobby airports expected to be fully operational this afternoon

Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: Bush, Hobby airports expected to be fully operational this afternoon

Nicholas caused some damage and flooding in coastal communities when it roared ashore overnight as a Category 1 hurricane. HOUSTON — Nicholas is now a tropical storm again after making landfall overnight as a hurricane. There are widespread power outages across Southeast Texas affecting more than half a million customers.  The worst and damage we’ve seen is in coastal communities but there are trees down all over the Greater Houston Area.  Local authorities have advised…

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LIST: High-water locations in Houston area due to Tropical Storm Nicholas

LIST: High-water locations in Houston area due to Tropical Storm Nicholas

HOUSTON — Some high-water locations have been reported across the Houston region due to Tropical Storm Nicholas. Areas along the coast are more impacted, with several impassable roads reported in Galveston early Tuesday. Drivers are advised to stay off the roads through at least the morning hours. Even if roads are not covered by water, many intersections do not have signals due to the power outages.

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Tropical Storm Nicholas update: What's next for the Houston area

Tropical Storm Nicholas update: What's next for the Houston area

Gusty winds were reported across the Houston region along with some flooding in coastal communities. HOUSTON — Hurricane Nicholas made landfall along the Texas coast early Tuesday morning. The Category 1 storm came ashore near Sargent in eastern Matagorda County, according to the National Hurricane Center. Nicholas is now a tropical storm centered directly over Houston with sustained winds down to 45 mph: Downgraded to tropical storm With the 1 a.m. update, Nicholas was still…

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High-water locations in Houston area due to Tropical Storm Nicholas; 225 cleanup underway

High-water locations in Houston area due to Tropical Storm Nicholas; 225 cleanup underway

HOUSTON — Some high-water locations have been reported across the Houston region due to Tropical Storm Nicholas. Areas along the coast are more impacted, with several impassable roads reported in Galveston early Tuesday. Drivers are advised to stay off the roads through at least the morning hours. Even if roads are not covered by water, many intersections do not have signals due to the power outages.

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Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: Clear Creek out of its banks in 2 areas; flooding in Clear Lake Shores

Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: Clear Creek out of its banks in 2 areas; flooding in Clear Lake Shores

Nicholas caused some damage and flooding in coastal communities when it roared ashore overnight as a Category 1 hurricane. HOUSTON — Nicholas is now a tropical storm again after making landfall overnight as a hurricane. There are widespread power outages across Southeast Texas affecting more than half a million customers.  The worst and damage we’ve seen is in coastal communities but there are trees down all over the Greater Houston Area.  Local authorities have advised…

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Tropical Storm Nicholas update: What's next for the Houston area after overnight landfall

Tropical Storm Nicholas update: What's next for the Houston area after overnight landfall

Gusty winds were reported across the Houston region along with some flooding in coastal communities. HOUSTON — Hurricane Nicholas made landfall along the Texas coast early Tuesday morning. The Category 1 storm came ashore near Sargent in eastern Matagorda County, according to the National Hurricane Center. LIVE VIDEO NOW: KHOU 11 is on the air with extended team coverage / watch live above More than 8 inches of rain has fallen in some areas along…

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Tropical Storm Nicholas update: What's next for the storm that swept through Houston overnight

Tropical Storm Nicholas update: What's next for the storm that swept through Houston overnight

Gusty winds are reported across the Houston region along with some flooding in coastal communities. HOUSTON — Hurricane Nicholas made landfall along the Texas coast early Tuesday morning. The Category 1 storm came ashore near Sargent in eastern Matagorda County, according to the National Hurricane Center. LIVE VIDEO NOW: KHOU 11 is on the air with extended team coverage / watch live above More than 8 inches of rain has fallen in some areas along…

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Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: More than 514,000 customers without power across Southeast Texas

Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: More than 514,000 customers without power across Southeast Texas

Nicholas caused some damage and flooding in coastal communities when it roared ashore overnight as a Category 1 hurricane. HOUSTON — Nicholas is now a tropical storm again after making landfall overnight as a hurricane. There are widespread power outages across Southeast Texas affecting more than half a million customers.  The worst and damage we’ve seen is in coastal communities but there are trees down all over the Greater Houston Area.  Local authorities have advised…

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Tree crushes roof of Baytown woman's home during Hurricane Nicholas

Tree crushes roof of Baytown woman's home during Hurricane Nicholas

Marie Davis said it’s the fourth time a storm has caused a tree to fall onto her house. BAYTOWN, Texas — Marie Davis is still in high spirits Tuesday morning after a tree crushed the roof of her Baytown home. It’s the fourth time this has happened during a storm, she said. The homeowner was asleep on her couch as Hurricane Nicholas crept through the area, bringing strong winds and intense rain to the Cedar…

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Nicholas, now tropical storm, dumps rain along Gulf Coast

Nicholas, now tropical storm, dumps rain along Gulf Coast

HOUSTON (AP) — Tropical Storm Nicholas hit the Texas coast early Tuesday as a hurricane and dumped more than a foot (30.5 centimeters) of rain along the same area swamped by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, drenching storm-battered Louisiana, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people and bringing the potential for life-threatening flash floods across the Deep South. Nicholas made landfall on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula and was soon downgraded to…

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High-water locations in Houston area due to Tropical Storm Nicholas | 225 is underwater

High-water locations in Houston area due to Tropical Storm Nicholas | 225 is underwater

HOUSTON — A few high-water locations are popping up across Houston due to Tropical Storm Nicholas. Areas along the coast are more impacted, with several impassable roads reported in Galveston early Tuesday. The biggest closure right now is Highway 225 in both directions at Richey, in the Pasadena area. You can see a raw Houston TranStar video feed on this page above right now. Drivers are advised to stay off the roads through at least…

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Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: Flooding in Alvin; METRO to resume limited transit service today

Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: Flooding in Alvin; METRO to resume limited transit service today

Nicholas is bringing with it a lot of rain and powerful wind. HOUSTON — Nicholas is now a tropical storm again after making landfall overnight as a hurricane. It’s expected to continue to have a significant impact in Southeast Texas, especially along the coast. Local authorities have advised people should stay off the roads through at least the morning hours Tuesday. Even if roads are not flooded, many do not have traffic signals due to…

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WATCH KHOU 11 LIVE: Tropical Storm Nicholas knocks out power to thousands; Flash flood threat continues

WATCH KHOU 11 LIVE: Tropical Storm Nicholas knocks out power to thousands; Flash flood threat continues

Gusty winds are reported across the Houston region along with some flooding in coastal communities. HOUSTON — Hurricane Nicholas made landfall along the Texas coast early Tuesday morning. The Category 1 storm came ashore near Sargent in eastern Matagorda County, according to the National Hurricane Center. More than 8 inches of rain has fallen in some areas along the coast, where roads will be an issue this morning. Inland, rainfall has been much less —…

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Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: Flash Flood Warning — drivers should stay off Houston roads for now

Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: Flash Flood Warning — drivers should stay off Houston roads for now

Nicholas is bringing with it a lot of rain and powerful wind. HOUSTON — Nicholas is now a tropical storm again after making landfall overnight as a hurricane. It’s expected to continue to have a significant impact in Southeast Texas, especially along the coast. Local authorities have advised people should stay off the roads through at least the morning hours Tuesday. Even if roads are not flooded, many do not have traffic signals due to…

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Nicholas makes landfall as hurricane, moves across Texas, Louisiana: Track the storm here

Nicholas makes landfall as hurricane, moves across Texas, Louisiana: Track the storm here

Tropical Storm Nicholas briefly strengthened into a hurricane Monday night, and is bringing intense rain and threats of flooding to Texas and Louisiana as it moves inland along the Gulf Coast. Nicholas is expected to remain a tropical storm for at least most of today, before it loses enough power to become a tropical depression. Tropical Storm Nicholas has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, according to the 4 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane…

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Nicholas makes landfall as a hurricane in Texas. Here's what we know about the storm

Nicholas makes landfall as a hurricane in Texas. Here's what we know about the storm

Tropical Storm Nicholas briefly became a hurricane Monday night before making landfall early Tuesday, prompting local school districts to close and the community to brace for substantial rain. According to the National Hurricane Center’s 4 a.m. advisory, the storm currently has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and is located 50 miles south southwest of Houston and is moving north northeast at 9 mph. Nicholas could bring rains of 8 to 16 inches across the coastal area. As the…

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WATCH KHOU 11 LIVE: Tropical Storm Nicholas knocks out power to thousands across the Houston region

WATCH KHOU 11 LIVE: Tropical Storm Nicholas knocks out power to thousands across the Houston region

Gusty winds are reported across the Houston region, knocking out power to more than 400,000. HOUSTON — Hurricane Nicholas made landfall along the Texas coast early Tuesday morning. The Category 1 storm came ashore near Sargent in eastern Matagorda County, according to the National Hurricane Center. More than 8 inches of rain has fallen in some areas along the coast, where roads will be an issue this morning. Inland, rainfall has been much less —…

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Hurricane Nicholas Descends On Greater Houston (Sept. 14, 2021)

Hurricane Nicholas Descends On Greater Houston (Sept. 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 Tuesday’s Houston Matters: We devote the hour to bringing you the latest on what’s now become Hurricane Nicholas, its impact on Greater Houston, and efforts to deal with its aftermath. We talk with meteorologist Eric Berger of Space City Weather, Harris County emergency management officials, and News 88.7 reporters in the field. Audio from…

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WATCH KHOU 11 LIVE: Nicholas downgraded to tropical storm with winds at 70 mph early Tuesday

WATCH KHOU 11 LIVE: Nicholas downgraded to tropical storm with winds at 70 mph early Tuesday

Gusty winds are reported across the Houston region, knocking out power to more than 300,000. HOUSTON — Hurricane Nicholas made landfall along the Texas coast early Tuesday morning. The Category 1 storm came ashore near Sargent in eastern Matagorda County, according to the National Hurricane Center. LIVE VIDEO NOW: KHOU 11 is on the air with extended team coverage / watch live above With the 1 a.m. update, Nicholas had maximum sustained winds of 75…

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Nicholas downgraded to tropical storm with winds at 70 mph early Tuesday

Nicholas downgraded to tropical storm with winds at 70 mph early Tuesday

Gusty winds are reported across the Houston region, knocking out power to more than 300,000. HOUSTON — Hurricane Nicholas made landfall along the Texas coast early Tuesday morning. The Category 1 storm came ashore near Sargent in eastern Matagorda County, according to the National Hurricane Center. LIVE VIDEO NOW: KHOU 11 is on the air with extended team coverage / watch live above With the 1 a.m. update, Nicholas had maximum sustained winds of 75…

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Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: Flash Flood Warning for multiple counties Tuesday morning

Tropical Storm Nicholas updates: Flash Flood Warning for multiple counties Tuesday morning

Hurricane Nicholas is bringing with it a lot of rain and powerful wind. HOUSTON — Nicholas is now a tropical storm again after making landfall as a hurricane late Monday. It’s expected to continue to have a significant impact in Southeast Texas, especially along the coast. Tracking Nicholas: Watch KHOU 11 News Tuesday beginning at 4 a.m. for complete coverage  RELATED: School closings associated with Tropical Storm Nicholas RELATED: High-water locations in Houston area due…

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Power outage tracker: More than 300,000 without power across Southeast Texas due to Hurricane Nicholas

Power outage tracker: More than 300,000 without power across Southeast Texas due to Hurricane Nicholas

Power outages have been reported across the Houston area as Hurricane Nicholas blew onto the Texas coast. HOUSTON — Hurricane Nicholas was expected to cause “extended power outages” as it moves across Southeast Texas with winds at nearly 75 mph, according to CenterPoint. As of 3:40 a.m. Tuesday, CenterPoint reported more than 270,000 customers in the immediate Houston area were without power. The outage map did not immediately provide an estimate as to when the lights…

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Power outage tracker: About 300,000 without power across Southeast Texas due to Hurricane Nicholas

Power outage tracker: About 300,000 without power across Southeast Texas due to Hurricane Nicholas

Power outages have been reported across the Houston area as Hurricane Nicholas blew onto the Texas coast. HOUSTON — Hurricane Nicholas was expected to cause “extended power outages” as it moves across Southeast Texas with winds at nearly 75 mph, according to CenterPoint. As of 3:40 a.m. Tuesday, CenterPoint reported more than 270,000 customers in the immediate Houston area were without power. The outage map did not immediately provide an estimate as to when the lights…

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