Lots of Texans Celebrated the Fourth of July by Accidentally Setting Off Wildfires

Lots of Texans Celebrated the Fourth of July by Accidentally Setting Off Wildfires

Fourth of July traditions are important to so many of us. Going swimming as the hottest stretch of summer kicks off! Gathering with friends, family, and neighbors to grill up a bunch of hamburgers and watch Joey Chestnut win the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest! Heading to the park to watch the fireworks show! Now there’s a new tradition: accidentally setting off wildfires during an intense drought as we launch those fireworks. On Monday, the…

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Independence Day Heightens Wildfire Risk

Independence Day Heightens Wildfire Risk

As Texans make plans to celebrate the Fourth of July with picnics, grilling, camping and fireworks, Texas A&M Forest Service asks everyone to be careful with any outdoor activity that may cause a spark. Approximately 90% of wildfires are caused by humans and their activities, and Independence Day is one of the top days for reported wildfires. With current drought conditions across most of the state, the public is encouraged to help protect Texans by preventing wildfires. …

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Could Tropical Storm Bonnie bring rain to South Texas? Here's the forecast for the July 4th weekend

Could Tropical Storm Bonnie bring rain to South Texas? Here's the forecast for the July 4th weekend

The potential tropical cyclone moving across the Caribbean Sea has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Bonnie and is expected to make landfall in South America. More:Hurricane season 2022: Here’s everything you’ll need to be prepared in South Texas Tropical Storm Bonnie, the first named system of the season, will likely make landfall Friday night causing heavy rains, flash flooding and mudslides in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, according to the National Hurricane Center. Bonnie is forecast to become…

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Flooding, pollution more likely to occur in Houston minority communities

Flooding, pollution more likely to occur in Houston minority communities

File photo. Flooding during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. A new study found that Houston’s minority communities will likely face more flooding and industrial pollution over the next three decades compared to other parts of the area. Areas such as East and South Houston, the Second Ward and Magnolia Park are particularly vulnerable. These communities are subject to a one-two punch of flooding and pollution, caused by the mixing of land-based contamination and floodwaters. Rice University…

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Flooding and pollution in minority communities, and the impact of minority-owned businesses (June 30, 2022)

Flooding and pollution in minority communities, and the impact of minority-owned businesses (June 30, 2022)

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 show: Increased flooding across the country is exposing more people to industrial waste, especially those in minority communities, according to new research from Rice University. And the problem is expected to get worse. Also this hour: How big an impact do minority-owned businesses have on the Greater Houston economy? A recent report from…

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A disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico could become a tropical storm. Here's what to know.

A disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico could become a tropical storm. Here's what to know.

An area of low pressure over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico could potentially become a tropical depression, bringing much-needed rain to the Texas coast. Hurricane season began June 1, and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration predicted another above-average Atlantic season.  More:Hurricane season 2022: Here’s everything you’ll need to be prepared in South Texas The National Hurricane Center is monitoring three disturbances that could become the first named system of the season: Bonnie.  Tropical depression, rainfall possible…

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Activity In Tropics Emerges As Next Big Hurricane Could Send Gas Prices To “Apocalyptic” Levels [VIDEO]

Activity In Tropics Emerges As Next Big Hurricane Could Send Gas Prices To “Apocalyptic” Levels [VIDEO]

Three tropical disturbances are being closely monitored for development in the Atlantic as fears mount that above-average storms could wreak havoc on oil/gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico and send gas prices at the pump to “apocalyptic” heights.  “The lull in the tropics has come to an end as we’re now watching three different areas for development from the Gulf of Mexico to the central Atlantic,” The Weather Channel reports.  The first system is an area…

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Hurricane kit for your pet: Here's a list of what you'll need when a storm is heading toward Houston

Hurricane kit for your pet: Here's a list of what you'll need when a storm is heading toward Houston

Don’t wait until there’s trouble brewing in the Gulf to prepare your pet. You should have a hurricane kit ready to go for them too. HOUSTON — During hurricane season, it’s important to prepare in advance as much as possible. And that applies to four-legged family members too. During Hurricane Harvey, thousands of people and their pets were rescued from flooded neighborhoods.  Other animals were separated from their families during the chaos and ended up in…

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Hurricane kit for your pet: Here's a list of what you'll need when a storm is brewing

Hurricane kit for your pet: Here's a list of what you'll need when a storm is brewing

Don’t wait until there’s trouble brewing in the Gulf to prepare your pet. You should have a hurricane kit ready to go for them too. HOUSTON — During hurricane season, it’s important to prepare in advance as much as possible. And that applies to four-legged family members too. During Hurricane Harvey, thousands of people and their pets were rescued from flooded neighborhoods.  Other animals were separated from their families during the chaos and ended up in…

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Two brothers died in a crash near Lockhart on their way back from fighting wildfires

Two brothers died in a crash near Lockhart on their way back from fighting wildfires

Two brothers, who were both members of the Maxwell Community Volunteer Fire Department (MCVFD), died on their way back from fighting a wildfire in Lockhart on Monday afternoon, June 20. Around 2 p.m., Assistant Fire Chief Jonathon Coco, 25, and firefighter Hunter Coco, 20, were driving a brush truck back to the firehouse when their vehicle rolled over on Hwy. 20 near San Jacinto Boulevard in Lockhart. MCVFD spokesperson Samantha Lucas says a driver failed…

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Wildfires bring both destruction and benefits

Nearly 11,000 acres were charred in the Mesquite Heat Wildfire. The trees will take some time to recover, but grass and other native plants will regrow here quickly. Texas is facing an intense wildfire season, with already over 200,000 acres burned so far. Of course, wildfires can have devastating consequences for people, agriculture and the environment. But they also bring some positive ecological effects. The Mesquite Heat fire, off of State Highway 277 scorched nearly…

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City of Corpus Christi Hurricane Preparedness Free Sandbag Distribution Events

City of Corpus Christi Hurricane Preparedness Free Sandbag Distribution Events

The Corpus Christi Public Works Department will partner with military volunteers from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi to offer free pre-filled sandbags to residents. There will be two events for residents to obtain sandbags. The first event will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (or until all sandbags have been distributed). On this date, residents can pick up sandbags at Waldron Field (3746 Waldron Road) or the City Service…

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City of Corpus Christi Hosts Hurricane Evacuation Exercise

City of Corpus Christi Hosts Hurricane Evacuation Exercise

What:  Emergency Evacuation Training Exercise When:  Friday, June 17              2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Where: Corpus Christi Gym               3202 Cabaniss Parkway, 78415 Who:    City of Corpus Christi              Texas Division Emergency Management              Regional Transit Authority              Corpus Christi Independent School District              Salvation Army              American Red Cross              211 Texas              Functional Needs Support Team CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Representatives from the City of Corpus Christi, Texas Division of Emergency Management and local…

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TxDOT completes Aransas Pass storm wall drill in preparation of hurricane season

TxDOT completes Aransas Pass storm wall drill in preparation of hurricane season

In preparation of hurricane season, the Texas Department of Transportation conducted a drill to install a section of the storm surge wall in Aransas Pass on Tuesday. Aransas Pass has a levee system on the east side of town as protection from rising water during a hurricane. Highway 361 creates an opening in the levee system. The TxDOT drill involves closing that gap with a surge wall barrier, a news release stated. More:Hurricane season 2022: Here’s…

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City Hurricane Evacuation Exercise

City Hurricane Evacuation Exercise

  What: Emergency Evacuation Training Exercise  When: Friday, June 17, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Where: Corpus Christi Gym, 3202 Cabaniss Parkway, 78415    Who: City of Corpus Christi              Texas Division Emergency Management              Regional Transit Authority              Corpus Christi Independent School District              Salvation Army              American Red Cross              211 Texas              Functional Needs Support Team CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Representatives from the City of Corpus Christi, Texas Division of Emergency Management,…

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Memories come flooding back: How lessons from history can help San Antonio manage stormwater

Memories come flooding back: How lessons from history can help San Antonio manage stormwater

On an evening in October 1998, a police sergeant pounded on the door of my family’s home. I watched as he issued an urgent request to my father to use our canoe. The policeman explained there had been a disaster in our city, and there were people who needed to be saved.  I watched as my family’s red Old Town canoe was marched to a convoy of flashing lights and pick-up trucks. Away the heroes…

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US House approves $31M 'Ike Dike' project to protect TX coast from hurricanes

US House approves $31M 'Ike Dike' project to protect TX coast from hurricanes

The U.S. House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would authorize federal agencies to begin planning for an estimated $31 billion coastal barrier project that spans thousands of miles of the Texas coast. The biggest chunk of the project is known as the “Ike Dike,” named after the destructive hurricane that rocked Galveston Island in 2008, a massive concrete gate system that would span a nearly 2 mile gap from Galveston Island to Bolivar…

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U.S. House approves massive $31 billion “Ike Dike” project to protect Texas coast from hurricanes

U.S. House approves massive $31 billion “Ike Dike” project to protect Texas coast from hurricanes

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. The U.S. House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would authorize federal agencies to begin planning for an estimated $31 billion coastal barrier project that spans thousands of miles of the Texas coast. The biggest chunk of the project is known as the “Ike Dike,” named after the destructive hurricane that rocked Galveston Island…

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How the federal government's disaster relief plan for Hurricane Harvey became a disaster of its own

How the federal government's disaster relief plan for Hurricane Harvey became a disaster of its own

A Texas Tribune investigation found that much of the $4 billion sent to Texas for Hurricane Harvey relief did not go to the areas most affected by the storm. HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — After Hurricane Harvey ravaged the state in 2017, Congress stepped up and allocated more than $4 billion toward disaster preparedness funding to Texas.   Well over half of that funding was earmarked for projects in areas damaged by Harvey’s wrath. But the…

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How the federal government's disaster relief plan for Hurricane Harvey became a disaster of its own accord

How the federal government's disaster relief plan for Hurricane Harvey became a disaster of its own accord

A Texas Tribune investigation found that much of the $4 billion sent to Texas for Hurricane Harvey relief did not go to the areas most affected by the storm. HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — After Hurricane Harvey ravaged the state in 2017, Congress stepped up and allocated more than $4 billion toward disaster preparedness funding to Texas.   Well over half of that funding was earmarked for projects in areas damaged by Harvey’s wrath. But the…

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Climate-driven flooding poses well water contamination risks

Climate-driven flooding poses well water contamination risks

ST. LOUIS (AP) — After a record-setting Midwestern rainstorm that damaged thousands of homes and businesses, Stefanie Johnson’s farmhouse in Blandinsville, Illinois, didn’t have safe drinking water for nearly two months. Flood water poured into her well, turning the water a muddy brown and forcing Johnson, her husband and their two young children to use store-bought supplies. Even after sediment cleared, testing found bacteria — including E. coli, which can cause diarrhea. The family boiled…

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Tropical Storm Alex, the first of the hurricane season, forms in Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Alex, the first of the hurricane season, forms in Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Alex, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, formed Sunday morning in the Gulf of Mexico on a track to come ashore in southern Florida with heavy rains and gusty wind. National Hurricane Center forecasters said in a 5 a.m. advisory that Alex had sustained winds of 50 mph and was located about 270 miles northeast of Fort Pierce, Florida. Parts of South Florida were experiencing road flooding from heavy rain and wind…

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Arlington man dies after being rescued from flash flood

Arlington man dies after being rescued from flash flood

ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — A man is dead after first responders in Arlington pulled at least three people from an SUV stuck in high water due to flash floods on June 3, 2022. According to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office, the victim was identified as Saniel Antonio Singh, 22. The Medical Examiner has not yet listed an official cause of death.   Arlington police said that first responders responded to the area around Mansfield…

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At least 1 killed in North Texas flash flooding

At least 1 killed in North Texas flash flooding

DALLAS (AP) — At least one person was killed as heavy rains caused flash flooding in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The storms sloshed across the region Friday night, resulting in widely scattered flash flooding. Fire and rescue officials say a man called his family to say his car was filling with water at a flooded crossing over a southeast Arlington creek. The car was then swept from the bridge. Crews arrived and pulled the man…

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Back to Business: Here's how kids are the 'bread and butter' to Hurricane Alley Waterpark

Back to Business: Here's how kids are the 'bread and butter' to Hurricane Alley Waterpark

This monthly Caller-Times series called Back to Business showcases businesses and leaders in the Corpus Christi area. Whether it has been a staple in the Sparkling City by the Sea for decades or just opened its door in the past few years, each business has its own special story. Is there a business you think should be included? Contact the Caller-Times to let us know. Send your ideas to newstips@caller.com. Hurricane Alley Waterpark Hurricane Alley Waterpark…

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With the hurricane season now upon us, Houstonians share lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey.

With the hurricane season now upon us, Houstonians share lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey.

The hurricane season in Texas runs June to November and peaks in early to mid September. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: <iframe src=”https://embed.hpm.io/426359/426358″ style=”height: 115px; width: 100%;”></iframe> Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. All Houstonians, especially those in hurricane evacuation zones, should start…

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2022 hurricane season has started. Here’s what you should know.

2022 hurricane season has started. Here’s what you should know.

A cart full of hurricane supplies at Southland Hardware. Houston-area officials are urging residents to prepare and be ready if the worst happens as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts another “above normal” Atlantic hurricane season in 2022 with 14-21 named storms. The season’s timeline The height of the Atlantic hurricane season will occur between August and October, peaking on September 10. These later-season months bring about warm sea temperatures and low wind…

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Time to #BeReadyCC for the 2022 Hurricane Season

Time to #BeReadyCC for the 2022 Hurricane Season

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Today marks the beginning of the 2022 hurricane season. The City of Corpus Christi wants everyone to be ready and encourages residents to create an emergency plan.  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters are predicting above-average hurricane activity this year, making it the seventh consecutive above-average hurricane season. For the 2022 hurricane season, NOAA is forecasting a likely range of 14 to 21 named storms (winds of 39 mph or…

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Welcome to the Atlantic Hurricane Season

Welcome to the Atlantic Hurricane Season

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Atlantic Hurricane Season starts today and is expected to produce “above normal” activity.  The first Tropical Depression (with sustained winds at 38 mph or less) of the Atlantic season is likely to form over the next 48 hours, just off the Yucatan Peninsula. CBSDFW.COM The atmospheric low-pressure system will drift northeast over the Caribbean and produce heavy rain in southern Florida, including the Florida Keys, by Friday and Saturday. It…

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Preparing for another hurricane season in Houston (June 1, 2022)

Preparing for another hurricane season in Houston (June 1, 2022)

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 show: On this first official day of the Atlantic hurricane season we present a special edition of Houston Matters with everything you need to get ready for whatever tropical weather the next six months may have in store for us. We talk with Matt Rosencrans of NOAA about the hurricane forecast and what…

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Hurricane season 2022: Here's everything you'll need to be prepared in South Texas

Hurricane season 2022: Here's everything you'll need to be prepared in South Texas

Hurricane season begins June 1, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-average Atlantic season for the seventh consecutive year.  Here’s everything you need to know to be prepared for the weeks to come. What’s the forecast for hurricane season? The hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. With 70% confidence, NOAA is forecasting a range of 14 to 21 named storms. Six to 10 of those could become hurricanes, including three to six category 3, 4 or…

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In his own words, KVUE photojournalist recalls 1997 Jarrell tornado and how it affected him

In his own words, KVUE photojournalist recalls 1997 Jarrell tornado and how it affected him

Veteran photojournalist Scott Guest captured some of the first images of the deadly 1997 tornado. JARRELL, Texas — Veteran photojournalist Scott Guest has been an award-winning videographer for KVUE News for 28 years. He captured some of the first images of the devastating tornado that struck Jarrell, Texas, on May 27, 1997.  The following is a firsthand account taken from a recent video interview with Guest, some of which has been edited for clarity. “I was…

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KVUE remembers the 1997 Jarrell tornado

KVUE remembers the 1997 Jarrell tornado

JARRELL, Texas — On May 27, 1997, a massive F-5 tornado struck the rural town of Jarrell, Texas, killing 27 people. The storm showed no mercy, claiming the lives of men, women, children and livestock. In the wake of the storm, residents were left with having to pick up the pieces, saying their final farewells to friends and neighbors all while the world was watching. Now, 25 years later, KVUE is honoring those who lost…

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Former KVUE reporters remember covering the 1997 Jarrell tornado

Former KVUE reporters remember covering the 1997 Jarrell tornado

Judy Maggio and Carolyn Mungo reflected on their time covering the devastating F-5 tornado that killed 27 people. JARRELL, Texas — So many people across Central Texas remember where they were when the F-5 tornado hit Jarrell, Texas, 25 years ago. We checked in with some former KVUE reporters who were on the ground right after the tornado struck. If you watched KVUE News during the ’80s and ’90s, you might recognize Judy Maggio. But…

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Support floods Uvalde in wake of elementary school massacre

Support floods Uvalde in wake of elementary school massacre

As the Uvalde community comes to terms with the tragedy that took place there this week, people are showing up from all over to offer support. UVALDE, Texas — As Uvalde, Texas comes to terms with the tragedy that took place there this week, many people are showing up to offer support. RELATED: ‘You’re never prepared’ | Uvalde County Coroner ID’d friend among massacre victims The front page of Thursday’s local newspaper painted a very…

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How Jarrell remembers the victims of the 1997 tornado

How Jarrell remembers the victims of the 1997 tornado

JARRELL, Texas — You don’t have to look far in the Jarrell, Texas, area to find something honoring the victims of the 1997 tornado. Down County Road 305, just a few miles from its original location closer to the interstate, is Jarrell Memorial Park. It’s a peaceful, quiet setting where you can study the 27 names, etched in stone, of the storm’s victims. The monument is surrounded by 27 trees, planted in the victims’ memory….

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'It didn't seem real' | Man remembers capturing the 1997 Jarrell tornado on camera

'It didn't seem real' | Man remembers capturing the 1997 Jarrell tornado on camera

Twenty-five years ago, a college student stopped at a gas station to buy a disposable camera. He didn’t know he would use it to capture history. JARRELL, Texas — “It was hot, sticky,” Ryan Beck said. “It was just super humid, but it was absolutely blue skies.”  Twenty-five years ago, Beck and a friend were heading back to college in Waco, Texas, after a road trip. “We were always looking for the adventures,” he said….

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In 1997, Cedar Park was hit by a tornado from the same system that produced Jarrell's deadly storm

In 1997, Cedar Park was hit by a tornado from the same system that produced Jarrell's deadly storm

CEDAR PARK, Texas — In late May 1997, Texas was hit by a major tornado outbreak when nearly two dozen twisters touched down in Central Texas. The storm system produced the F-5 tornado that directly hit the Double Creek Estates community in Jarrell, Texas, leaving 27 people dead. Further south in Cedar Park, Texas, that same system hit the city with a tornado of its own. The target was an Albertson’s grocery store where people…

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Jarrell wasn't the only community hit by a tornado in May 1997

Jarrell wasn't the only community hit by a tornado in May 1997

JARRELL, Texas — On May 27, 1997, the city of Jarrell, Texas, was hit by an F-5 tornado. That same day, an outbreak of about 20 tornadoes ripped through and demolished other parts of Texas. In Travis County, the Hazy Hills community was in the direct path of one of those tornadoes. One person died there. One resident made it out of his mobile home minutes before the tornado hit. His roommate stayed behind and…

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NOAA predicts “above normal” 2022 Atlantic hurricane season

NOAA predicts “above normal” 2022 Atlantic hurricane season

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows a view of Hurricane Ida, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Forecast, predicting an “above normal” hurricane season. NOAA says there is a 70% chance of 14-21 storms forming, with as many as ten potentially becoming hurricanes. Three to six of these storms could become major hurricanes. Eric Burger, meteorologist and editor for Space City Weather agreed that…

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Three families killed in the 1997 Jarrell tornado are buried together in Georgetown

Three families killed in the 1997 Jarrell tornado are buried together in Georgetown

KVUE visited the graves of the Igo, Smith and Moehring families and interviewed the woman who coordinated their burials 25 years ago. GEORGETOWN, Texas — Twenty-five years ago, the families of the 27 victims killed in the Jarrell, Texas, tornado were planning funerals and figuring out where their loved ones were going to be laid to rest.  Three families ended up together at Odd Fellows Cemetery, a historic cemetery that first opened in the early…

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Jarrell wasn't the only town hit by a tornado in May 1997

Jarrell wasn't the only town hit by a tornado in May 1997

JARRELL, Texas — On May 27, 1997, the city of Jarrell, Texas, was hit by an F-5 tornado. That same day, an outbreak of about 20 tornadoes ripped through and demolished other parts of Texas. In Travis County, the Hazy Hills community was in the direct path of one of those tornadoes. One person died there. One resident made it out of his mobile home minutes before the tornado hit. His roommate stayed behind and…

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Texas drought strengthens its grip, triggering wildfires, water restrictions and crop disasters

Texas drought strengthens its grip, triggering wildfires, water restrictions and crop disasters

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. An increasingly severe drought now covers more than 90% of Texas, according to the U.S. drought monitor, affecting more than 16 million Texans and stressing ecosystems in nearly every region of the state. In West Texas, a wildfire has burned at least 27 homes and forced much of Taylor County to evacuate; it’s one of…

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Hurricanes may be stronger, more frequent this year, NOAA says

Hurricanes may be stronger, more frequent this year, NOAA says

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Hurricane season along the Atlantic Ocean is expected to be more active than usual this year, with a higher probability that major storms will make landfall in Texas and other areas along the eastern coast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1, and the national agency’s…

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First Alert Weather Day: severe weather threat moving in

First Alert Weather Day: severe weather threat moving in

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The First Alert Weather Team has issued a First Alert Weather Day for May 24 starting at 11:00 a.m. The National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center has issued an enhanced storm risk for later today and this evening. CBSDFW.COM Strong and/or severe storms are expected to start this afternoon in counties to the northwest. Damaging winds are the primary concerns but it includes a slight tornado risk. Here is the…

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