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These were the most clicked-on stories of 2020

HOUSTON – It’s an understatement to say this year was full of news.

Some of the biggest stories of our lifetimes were packed into 2020, and KPRC 2 was there through all of it to help keep you informed.

Here’s a look back at the stories you clicked on the most here at Click2Houston.com.

KPRC 2 also put together a year-in-review series that we aired the week of Christmas. You can see those stories here.

Coronavirus

FILE - This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows a Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 particle isolated from a patient, in a laboratory in Fort Detrick, Md. Coronaviruses, including the newest one, are named for the spikes that cover their outer surface like a crown, or corona in Latin. Using those club-shaped spikes, the virus latches on to the outer wall of a human cell, invades it and replicates, creating viruses to hijack more cells. (NIAID/NIH via AP)

Just about anything related to the coronavirus pandemic was of high interest this year. Of our most popular stories of the year, a majority of them were related to COVID-19 data and developments. As a matter of fact, those data stories are the same ones we update each day with new case numbers and positivity rates.

Hurricane season

Hurricane Laura on Aug. 27, 2020.

This year saw a record-setting hurricane season with a total of 30 named storms. We ran out of names for the year and went farther into the Greek alphabet than ever before.

Laura was the storm that grabbed headlines along our section of the Gulf Coast. Forecast paths for the monster storm fluctuated between the Houston area to Louisiana. The powerful Category 4 storm eventually slammed into the Louisiana coast with winds of 150 mph.

You can look back at the 2020 hurricane season and keep track of the 2021 season when it begins at Click2Houston.com/hurricane.

Dad saves daughter from alligator

It took three hours, lots of muscle, and a few sheets of plywood to pull a nearly 12-foot-long alligator from Clear Creek, leaving a family counting its blessings after quite the scare.
It took three hours, lots of muscle, and a few sheets of plywood to pull a nearly 12-foot-long alligator from Clear Creek, leaving a family counting its blessings after quite the scare.

In League City, news of a dad leaping into action to save his 4-year-old daughter from the jaws an 11-foot-7-inch alligator grabbed national headlines.

“He was headed straight for her, there’s no doubt that’s where he was headed,” said Andrew Grande Sr.

An alligator wrangler ended up snagging the massive reptile and relocating it.

Read the full story here.

Rodeo canceled

Two of our most clicked-on stories of the year were about the cancellation of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo because of the coronavirus pandemic. After just a little more than a week of bucking fun, local leaders declared an emergency as COVID-19 arrived in the Houston area. That led to the remainder of the nearly monthlong event being canceled.

A big part of the annual festival is the vendors that are selling their rodeo-themed fare. The cancellation left many of them wondering how their businesses were going to survive without the influx of sales the event usually brings.

You can look back at this year’s abbreviated Rodeo and follow updates on the 2021 event at Click2Houston.com/rodeo.

Deadly explosion

Two people were killed in Friday’s early-morning explosion at a northwest Houston manufacturing business, officials said.
Two people were killed in Friday’s early-morning explosion at a northwest Houston manufacturing business, officials said.

Another Houston story that grabbed national headlines this year was the explosion at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing in January. The blast killed two workers and damaged hundreds of homes in the Spring Branch area.

The detonation was blamed on a spark that ignited propylene that was leaking from a tank at the business.

Read more about this story here.


About the Author:

Aaron Barker has been a senior digital editor at KPRC 2 since 2016. As a meteorologist, he specializes in stories about the weather. He has covered Hurricane Harvey, the Astros first World Series win, the Santa Fe High School shooting, the ITC fire and Tropical Storm Imelda.