VERIFY: Where are tornado sirens located across the Greater Houston area?

VERIFY: Where are tornado sirens located across the Greater Houston area?

HOUSTON — A tornado touching down in west Harris County led a viewer to ask where the tornado sirens are in our area.  Tornado sirens are used to alert people in case of weather and other threats. The National Weather Service said they are intended as an outdoor warning system.  The KHOU 11 VERIFY team did some research on where tornado sirens are located across the Houston area and here’s what they found.  City of…

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‘Aggressive’ hurricane season forecast for Texas Gulf Coast

‘Aggressive’ hurricane season forecast for Texas Gulf Coast

Researchers at Colorado State University have just released their hurricane season forecast, calling this year’s outlook the “most aggressive” ever: a 54% chance a hurricane will strike the Texas coast, including a 25% chance that it will be major. Justin Ballard, the Houston Chronicle’s newsroom meteorologist, joined the Standard with more about what the forecast could mean for Texas. This transcript has been edited lightly for clarity: Texas Standard: On average, Texas experiences a major hurricane…

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After Texas’ largest wildfire is contained, a rancher moves on with a single calf

After Texas’ largest wildfire is contained, a rancher moves on with a single calf

Subscribe to The Y’all — a weekly dispatch about the people, places and policies defining Texas, produced by Texas Tribune journalists living in communities across the state. PAMPA — On the second day of the Smokehouse Creek fire, Dale Jenkins was looking out his window. He could see the wispy white smoke passing over the hill on the horizon of his Candadian ranch. A squad of local volunteer firefighters had worked all night to contain…

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EF-2 tornado touches down in Port Arthur, Jasper County experiences major flooding following overnight storms

EF-2 tornado touches down in Port Arthur, Jasper County experiences major flooding following overnight storms

By Wednesday afternoon the a damage assessment team from the National Weather Service had visited Port Arthur. BEAUMONT, Texas — A tornado touched down in Port Arthur early Wednesday morning as thunderstorms passed through Southeast Texas overnight and into Wednesday morning leaving behind power outages, damage and flooding in portions of Southeast Texas.  By Wednesday afternoon the damage assessment team from the National Weather Service had visited Port Arthur. Their preliminary results showed that an…

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EF-2 tornado touches down in Port Arthur, Jasper County experiences major flooding following overnight storms

EF-2 tornado touches down in Port Arthur, Jasper County experiences major flooding following overnight storms

By Wednesday afternoon the a damage assessment team from the National Weather Service had visited Port Arthur. BEAUMONT, Texas — A tornado touched down in Port Arthur early Wednesday morning as thunderstorms passed through Southeast Texas overnight and into Wednesday morning leaving behind power outages, damage and flooding in portions of Southeast Texas.  By Wednesday afternoon the damage assessment team from the National Weather Service had visited Port Arthur. Their preliminary results showed that an…

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Confirmed tornado rips apart Firestone building in Katy area

Confirmed tornado rips apart Firestone building in Katy area

An NWS official said the tornado was an EF-1 with maximum winds up to 90 mph and did not have much of a track. HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Heavy rain and strong winds ripped through the Houston area early Wednesday morning, leaving damage in its path.  A Firestone Tire Shop in the Katy area was destroyed in the storm. The National Weather Service confirmed that a brief tornado hit the area around 2:45 a.m. Video of…

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Brief tornado causes significant damage to strip mall, collapses building in Katy area, officials confirm

Brief tornado causes significant damage to strip mall, collapses building in Katy area, officials confirm

Video of the business shows a collapsed sign and part of the roof of a Firestone completely caved in. HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Heavy rain and strong winds ripped through the Houston area early Wednesday morning, leaving damage in its path.  A Firestone Tire Shop in the Katy area was destroyed in the storm. The National Weather Service confirmed that a brief tornado hit the area. Video of the business on Mason Road not far from…

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Texas at higher risk of hurricane making landfall amid 'busy season'

Texas at higher risk of hurricane making landfall amid 'busy season'

Texas Transguide warns motorists about Hurricane Harvey. John Davenport, STAFF It’s shaping up to be a very active hurricane season in the U.S., and the Gulf Coast of Texas is not immune to what forecasters are predicting to be a season with several major storms and hurricanes. During the National Tropical Weather Conference, it was announced that the chance of a hurricane making landfall in Texas during the 2024 season increased over other years, indicating…

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The Austin area is under a tornado watch until 5 p.m.

The Austin area is under a tornado watch until 5 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the Austin area until 5 p.m. Tuesday. Counties under the watch include Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays and Williamson counties. A few tornadoes are possible, and scattered hail the size of tennis balls is likely, according to the NWS. The cities of Bertram, Liberty Hill and Fairland are under a tornado warning until 10:30 a.m. A tornado watch means that “conditions are favorable” for tornadoes, and…

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Forecast: Severe weather risks Monday and Tuesday

Forecast: Severe weather risks Monday and Tuesday

Here are the latest updates from the KVUE Weather Team. Author: Shane Hinton (KVUE), Jordan Darensbourg, Hunter Williams, Grace Thornton Published: 11:46 AM CST March 6, 2019 Updated: 1:55 PM CDT April 8, 2024 AUSTIN, Texas — Confidence is now high that there will be a mostly cloudy sky for a majority of Central Texas during the total solar eclipse. Low clouds and patchy fog/drizzle are ongoing Monday morning and, unfortunately, the low clouds will be…

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Texas Eclipse Festival canceled due to severe weather forecast

Texas Eclipse Festival canceled due to severe weather forecast

The Burnet County festival organizers encouraged attendees to leave the campgrounds Monday morning. BURNET COUNTY, Texas — Editor’s note: The above video was published on Saturday, before the festival’s cancellation. The total solar eclipse is almost here in Central Texas, but with it comes some cloudy weather followed by the potential for some severe afternoon storms. In preparation for potential hail, strong winds and isolated tornado risks on Monday, a festival based in Burnet County…

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Forecast: Mostly cloudy for Eclipse Day; severe weather risks Monday and Tuesday

Forecast: Mostly cloudy for Eclipse Day; severe weather risks Monday and Tuesday

Here are the latest updates from the KVUE Weather Team. Author: Shane Hinton (KVUE), Jordan Darensbourg, Hunter Williams, Grace Thornton Published: 11:46 AM CST March 6, 2019 Updated: 4:03 AM CDT April 8, 2024 AUSTIN, Texas — Confidence is now high that there will be a mostly cloudy sky for a majority of Central Texas during the total solar eclipse. Low clouds and patchy fog/drizzle are ongoing Monday morning, and unfortunately the low clouds will…

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Rain chances, severe weather may impact major eclipse in Texas

Rain chances, severe weather may impact major eclipse in Texas

Cloudy sky view off of UTSA Boulevard and Vance Jackson in San Antonio.  Candice Avila-Garcia Eclipse chasers from across the nation are starting to arrive in Texas, home to several locations within the path of totality of the April 8 total solar eclipse. As the celestial event approaches, one very important question many have is how well will Texas weather cooperate the day of the once-in-a-lifetime experience? After a week of sunshine and clear skies,…

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Texas House committee hears public testimony over Panhandle wildfire

Texas House committee hears public testimony over Panhandle wildfire

This week a committee of Texas House members heard testimony from members of the public over the deadly wildfires that tore through the Texas Panhandle earlier this year. Witnesses in attendance at the hearings, held in Pampa, were residents, ranchers, firefighters and state officials.  “They had Nim Kidd, the head of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, who was essentially saying that the state needs a firefighting aircraft division, saying it would cost about $50…

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