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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First responders reflect on recovery efforts during 1997 Jarrell tornado

First responders reflect on recovery efforts during 1997 Jarrell tornado

When tragedy strikes, first responders spring into action. EMS workers and volunteer civilians reflected on the recovery efforts made on May 27, 1997. JARRELL, Texas — The death and devastation caused by an F-5 tornado in Jarrell, Texas, 25 years ago left first responders overwhelmed. Kevin Krienke, a commander at Williamson County EMS and a long-time Cedar Park resident, first arrived on scene after the Jarrell tornado touched down. He said basic communication was a problem….

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Storm chaser captures video of ‘monster’ tornado in West Texas

Storm chaser captures video of ‘monster’ tornado in West Texas

The massive tornado blew across the highway in dramatic video posted on social media.  Warren Faidley/Getty Images Storms rolled into San Antonio and most of Texas on Monday, May 23, as a cold front blew its way into the Lone Star State. The severe storms also brought what weather officials are calling a super tornado to Morton, a small town west of Lubbock, and one storm chaser caught it on camera. The storm chaser, Chad…

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Jarrell teachers look back on the day an F-5 tornado devastated the town

Jarrell teachers look back on the day an F-5 tornado devastated the town

Two longtime educators spoke to KVUE about their experiences and the resiliency of their community. JARRELL, Texas — Twenty-five years after a deadly tornado tore through Jarrell, Texas, the emotions are still raw. “The tornado came right down here,” said Drew Sumner, an athletic coach at Jarrell High School. “The weird thing was they show all this tornado damage on the TV … and there’s houses, you can see some kind of wreck. These were…

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1997 Jarrell valedictorian reflects on life lessons from devastating tornado

1997 Jarrell valedictorian reflects on life lessons from devastating tornado

Sharrah Stingdon delivered a graduation speech days before the tornado hit the rural Central Texas town. DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas — At 18 years old, Sharrah Stingdon was young, impressionable and ready to take on the world. As the 1997 valedictorian at Jarrell High School, she delivered a graduation speech just four days before a historic F-5 tornado tragically touched down. “That was basically the theme of the whole speech is just to step out with…

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After an F-5 tornado hit Jarrell in 1997, then-Gov. George W. Bush visited to survey the damage

After an F-5 tornado hit Jarrell in 1997, then-Gov. George W. Bush visited to survey the damage

JARRELL, Texas — Friday, May 27, marks the 25th anniversary of the F-5 tornado that destroyed a small community in Jarrell, Texas. Twenty-seven people in the town’s Double Creek Estates were killed by the sheer strength of the storm. Men, women and children lost their lives and the entire town mourned the loss. The future president spoke to, prayed with and comforted Jarrell residents. He also surveyed the damage and destruction that the tornado caused…

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1997 Jarrell tornado: Volunteers arrived in droves to clear debris, donate blood

1997 Jarrell tornado: Volunteers arrived in droves to clear debris, donate blood

JARRELL, Texas — After Jarrell, Texas, was slammed by a deadly F-5 tornado on May 27, 1997, people from near and far wanted to help. And they showed up by the bus-loads. Once the news got out that 27 people had died and dozens of homes were destroyed, people arrived to help with the cleanup efforts. But they also did so much more. Initially, one of the biggest and most immediate needs was to help…

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How does La Niña affect hurricane season?

How does La Niña affect hurricane season?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says La Niña conditions are expected to persist through this hurricane season. And while we are talking about the Atlantic hurricane season, it’s conditions out in the Pacific that can affect the severity. A cycle of climate patterns off the coast of Peru shift back and forth every two to seven years alternating between El Niño and La Niña. During El Niño, ocean temperatures in the Pacific are warmer…

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Why could something called La Niña help hurricanes this year?

Why could something called La Niña help hurricanes this year?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says La Niña conditions are expected to persist through this hurricane season. And while we are talking about the Atlantic hurricane season, it’s conditions out in the Pacific that can affect the severity. A cycle of climate patterns off the coast of Peru shift back and forth every two to seven years alternating between El Niño and La Niña. During El Niño, ocean temperatures in the Pacific are warmer…

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Severe weather threat for North Texas tonight and Tuesday

Severe weather threat for North Texas tonight and Tuesday

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Warm, humid air is quickly on the return as a warm front lifts in from south Texas over the next 24 hours. With it comes the chance for scattered thunderstorms starting late tonight and continuing through the day on Tuesday. CBSDFW.COM While it won’t be raining everywhere all day, a large portion of North Texas will see rain tomorrow-tomorrow night. Showers and storms will gradually exit to the east on Wednesday…

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Forecast: Stormy pattern continues; includes potential for severe weather

Forecast: Stormy pattern continues; includes potential for severe weather

Here are the latest updates from the KVUE Storm Team. Author: Shane Hinton (KVUE), Jordan Darensbourg, Hunter Williams, Erika Lopez Published: 11:46 AM CST March 6, 2019 Updated: 6:13 AM CDT May 23, 2022 AUSTIN, Texas — There will be multiple opportunities Monday through Wednesday for heavy rain and some strong storms. The Storm Prediction Center has placed a portion of the KVUE viewing area under a “slight” — level 2 out of 5 —…

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Austin Pets Alive! in need of assistance after flooding at its Parvo Puppy ICU

Austin Pets Alive! in need of assistance after flooding at its Parvo Puppy ICU

The shelter said Saturday evening that its Parvo Puppy ICU has flooded with sewage water and it needs people to pick up parvovirus-negative dogs before 6 p.m. Saturday. If you are able to help by picking up a dog, fill out this form and head over to Austin Pets Alive!, located at 1156 West Cesar Chavez. Britny Eubank on social media: Twitter

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TribCast: Previewing the runoffs and reviewing how Texas’ Hurricane Harvey relief was disbursed

TribCast: Previewing the runoffs and reviewing how Texas’ Hurricane Harvey relief was disbursed

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. On this week’s episode, Matthew speaks with James and Zach about next week’s primary runoffs and the Gulf Coast’s ongoing frustrations over Hurricane Harvey relief funds. Tickets are on sale now for the 2022 Texas Tribune Festival, happening in downtown Austin on Sept. 22-24. Get your TribFest tickets by May 31 and save big!

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Crews working Twin Starts fire in Llano County, just the most recent wildfire in the area this week

Crews working Twin Starts fire in Llano County, just the most recent wildfire in the area this week

Officials say the Sand Mountain and Slab Road fires are nearly completely contained. LLANO COUNTY, Texas — As of 6 a.m. Friday, crews continue to fight the Twin Starts fire just off Highway 71 in Llano County. It is just the most recent wildfire to start in the area since Tuesday, after both the Sandstone Mountain and Slab fires started that day. As of Friday morning, the 420-acre Twin Starts fire was 75% contained. Dozers…

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Gusty winds fuel wildfires in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado

Gusty winds fuel wildfires in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado

ALBEQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 5,000 firefighters battled multiple wildland blazes in dry, windy weather across the Southwest on Thursday, including a fire that has destroyed dozens of structures in west Texas and another that’s picking up steam again in New Mexico. Evacuation orders remained in place for residents near the wildfires in Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. Dangerous fire weather involving gusty winds, high temperatures and extremely low humidity was predicted to continue…

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Wildfire Potential Continues For Portions Of The State

Wildfire Potential Continues For Portions Of The State

There is potential for large wildfires to occur in the Western/Eastern Hill Country and Rolling Plains through May 20, including areas near Childress, Vernon, Abilene, Brownwood, Lampasas, San Angelo, Ozona and Fredericksburg.  Any new fires in grass and brush vegetation will likely be resistant to control, as underlying drought and critically to extremely dry vegetation combine with 100-degree temperatures and periods of elevated to critical fire weather.   On May 17, Texas A&M Forest Service fire…

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Taylor County wildfire prompts evacuations as dry conditions raise risk in West Texas

Taylor County wildfire prompts evacuations as dry conditions raise risk in West Texas

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Large wildfires have ripped through parts of West Texas since Tuesday, prompting a disaster declaration and mandatory evacuations in southern Taylor County. The Mesquite Heat Fire near Buffalo Gap, about 17 miles southwest of Abilene, has burned 5,000 acres in Taylor County since Tuesday. At least 10 homes have been destroyed. Some parts of U.S….

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