Houston Emergency Operations Center remains on high alert after multiple rounds of severe weather

Houston Emergency Operations Center remains on high alert after multiple rounds of severe weather

“I’ve been doing this for a long time now,” Munoz said. “This is the first season that we’ve ever started off like this that I can recall. It is concerning.” HOUSTON — It’s been a nonstop month for the Houston Emergency Operations Center with all hands on deck. Multiple rounds of severe weather this month has the center on high alert and much busier than normal. “We started April 26, with the storm in the…

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‘A sense of renewal’: Caddo Mounds historic site reopens 5 years after tornado destroyed property

‘A sense of renewal’: Caddo Mounds historic site reopens 5 years after tornado destroyed property

The Caddo in Texas: ‘There were a lot of skirmishes’ When Mirabeau Lamar assumed the presidency of Texas in 1838, he made the removal of Indigenous communities one of top priorities. “The white man and the red man cannot dwell in harmony together,” Lamar said in his inaugural address. “Nature forbids it.” When Lamar took office, the nascent Republic of Texas was deep in debt and struggling to assert its autonomy as a new country. That…

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Check the latest list of closed streets in downtown Houston from storm damage earlier this month

Check the latest list of closed streets in downtown Houston from storm damage earlier this month

HOUSTON — We have an update on what’s open and what’s not in downtown Houston following the derecho storm earlier this month. The latest list of street closures because of damage and glass includes the following, according to the Downtown Houston social media accounts. They’re strongly encouraging people to avoid those closed areas and fenced sidewalks. STORM RECOVERY UPDATE, MAY 31: Street and sidewalk closures continue in the area of Downtown where focused stabilization work…

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The night that one-fifth of the population of a Texas town died in a tornado

The night that one-fifth of the population of a Texas town died in a tornado

Some call it “the forgotten storm” – the night in 1987 when a tornado devastated the West Texas town of Saragosa. AUSTIN, Texas — The Davis mountains of West Texas are known for their stark and pristine beauty, and for a long time, the mountains were believed to keep the small communities in their shadow safe from tornadoes. But just 20 miles from the mountains, nothing could be done to protect the small community of…

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SAWS water main break floods I-35 in San Antonio

SAWS water main break floods I-35 in San Antonio

San Antonio Water Systems crews are on site at a water main break on the Northeast Side after water began pouring out across I-35 near Eisenhauer Road. It didn’t take long for those online to start prodding the San Antonio water supplier over recent fee announcements for water wasters. Drivers headed north on I-35 near Eisenhauer may want to either slow down or find an alternate route as water is still pouring out over the highway….

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‘They love seeing the majesty of these storms’: How tornado tourism has taken off

‘They love seeing the majesty of these storms’: How tornado tourism has taken off

When there’s a tornado nearby, most people seek shelter. But there are also those who do quite the opposite. Storm chasers live to get an up-close look at tornadoes and thunderstorms. And now, some of them are taking along other folks who want to get the same thrill – for a price. Elizabeth Weise, a national correspondent for USA Today, recently reported on how storm-chasing tours in the U.S. have been gaining popularity. She joined…

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How to navigate FEMA for the upcoming hurricane season

How to navigate FEMA for the upcoming hurricane season

We’re testing using AI-powered tools to provide an audio version of this story. While this audio recording is machine-generated, the story was written by human journalists. Read more on our AI policy. Sign up for The Brief, The Texas Tribune’s daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. The recent heavy rain across the state serves as a preamble for the upcoming hurricane season, which starts Saturday. And it’s…

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North Texas residents file roughly 40,000 insurance claims for storm damage

North Texas residents file roughly 40,000 insurance claims for storm damage

Tuesday’s storms brought down power lines, trees and more. DALLAS — The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) says around 40,000 insurance claims have been filed in relation to storm damage across North Texas and tornadoes in Temple.  On Tuesday morning, storms blew the through the region with strong force — blowing down trees, damaging homes and causing widespread power outages. According to ICT, the claims that have been filed are for both property and automobile damages…

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The impact hurricanes have had on Central Texas

The impact hurricanes have had on Central Texas

Even though Austin is hundreds of miles from the Gulf of Mexico, past hurricanes have affected Central Texas. AUSTIN, Texas — While Central Texas isn’t directly on the Gulf Coast, it’s still close enough to feel the effects of hurricane weather. Historically, our area has experienced major flooding, devastating tornadoes and damaging winds from tropical storms and hurricanes that came ashore along the Texas coast. Hurricanes are areas of low pressure that form over warm…

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The history of hurricanes hitting Central Texas

The history of hurricanes hitting Central Texas

Even though Austin is hundreds of miles from the Gulf of Mexico, past hurricanes have affected Central Texas. AUSTIN, Texas — While Central Texas isn’t directly on the Gulf Coast, it’s still close enough to feel the effects of hurricane weather. Historically, our area has experienced major flooding, devastating tornadoes and damaging winds from tropical storms and hurricanes that came ashore along the Texas coast. Hurricanes are areas of low pressure that form over warm…

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'I held onto her' | Texas mom recalls covering her baby as a tornado tore through their Valley View home

'I held onto her' | Texas mom recalls covering her baby as a tornado tore through their Valley View home

Veronica Bowers is recovering at the hospital after an EF-3 tornado destroyed her home and work. VALLEY VIEW, Texas — From the hospital room, Veronica Bowers feels pain with every breath. She suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung and a small blood clot after a tornado tore through her home in Valley View, Texas. Her memories from Saturday night have gaps, but Veronica is slowly remembering as she sees photos of her family property and workplace…

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'I held onto her' | Texas mom recalls covering her baby as a tornado tore through their Valley View home

'I held onto her' | Texas mom recalls covering her baby as a tornado tore through their Valley View home

Veronica Bowers is recovering at the hospital after an EF-3 tornado destroyed her home and work. VALLEY VIEW, Texas — From the hospital room, Veronica Bowers feels pain with every breath. She suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung and a small blood clot after a tornado tore through her home in Valley View, Texas. Her memories from Saturday night have gaps, but Veronica is slowly remembering as she sees photos of her family property and workplace…

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Low-end severe weather risk for Wednesday

Low-end severe weather risk for Wednesday

After an active Tuesday evening, storms will be more isolated for the middle of the workweek. AUSTIN, Texas — Widespread storms developed across Central Texas late Tuesday evening. These storms produced a couple of severe thunderstorm warnings in the Hill Country but were mainly under severe limits.  Behind the storms, a “wake low” developed, producing strong to damaging winds. These are straight line winds not associated directly with the thunderstorms, but rather, they develop behind…

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Severe storm causes street flooding and catches some Houston drivers off-guard

Severe storm causes street flooding and catches some Houston drivers off-guard

More heavy rain led to high water on Houston-area roads. HOUSTON — Another round of storms dumped more heavy rain on Southeast Texas Tuesday and Houston TranStar reports a few high water spots. Most of the street flooding cleared in time for the evening rush hour but there were still a few problem areas.  Here in Houston, it doesn’t take a lot of standing water to damage your car. You can lose control or stall…

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PHOTOS: Widespread severe storm damage across DFW

PHOTOS: Widespread severe storm damage across DFW

DALLAS — Strong storms produced a tornado warning and left behind widespread reports of damage in North Texas on Tuesday morning. Our crews saw numerous downed trees and power lines in the Garland and Richardson areas, and that included trees that had fallen onto homes or across roadways. The Forney Fire Department confirmed damage at North Forney High School, while the National Weather Service confirmed damage in Lewisville. The Lewisville damage included downed trees and…

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