Florida officials fight back against rowdy spring breakers
Rowdy spring break crowds have forced curfews and led some establishments to close their doors from Miami Beach to Florida's Panhandle. Law enforcement officials in Bay County, Florida, said Sunday that they won't tolerate the bad behavior from spring breakers after a 21-year-old from Alabama was shot in the foot Sunday during a shooting in Panama City Beach. ”The crowd that has been here this weekend, there are no words that can describe the way they have behaved themselves, conducted themselves and the amount of laws they have broken,” Panama City Beach police Chief J.R. Talamantez said during a news conference on Sunday afternoon.news.yahoo.com
Texas has its own power grid. Here's why.
Why does Texas have its own electric grid? Texas' secessionist inclinations have at least one modern outlet: the electric grid. The Texas grid is called ERCOT, and it is run by an agency of the same name — the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Power Act, which charged the Federal Power Commission with overseeing interstate electricity sales. The ERCOT grid remains beyond the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which succeeded the Federal Power Commission and regulates interstate electric transmission.chron.com
Coronavirus pandemic still raging in Texas
HOUSTON – Texas is once again, being called a coronavirus hot spot. “It’s constantly surprising us this is a virus that’s defined expectations,” Dr. Bell King, an epidemiologist at The University of Houston College of Medicine said. Houston is growing when you look at new cases, hospitalizations are growing, but they’re growing slowly,” said Dr. James McDeavitt with the Baylor College of Medicine. NBC News and the Associated Press say Texas is the first state to have more than 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the death toll is close to 20,0000. It’s upsetting,” said Dr. Bell King, an Epidemiologist at the University of Houston College of Medicine.
‘Overwhelmed’: Texas county halts non-essential activities
EL PASO, Texas – El Paso County officials ordered a two-week shutdown of non-essential activities Thursday after the area's medical resources were overwhelmed by the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Grocery and drug stores, funeral homes, health care services and government activities were among the activities deemed essential. Yet each day for the past week, more than 1,000 new cases were confirmed in the westernmost Texas county. America’s largest state prison system reported more 332 active COVID-19 cases and 8 units in precautionary lockdown across Texas, including one in El Paso as of Wednesday. The 119 newly reported COVID-19 fatalities raised the Texas death toll to 17,819 since the pandemic first struck at the start of March.
Plodding and powerful, Sally moves in on Gulf Coast
Hurricane Sally is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast sometime through the night and morning. – Hurricane Sally, a plodding but powerful storm with winds of 100 mph, crept toward the northern Gulf Coast early Tuesday, with forecasters warning of potentially deadly storm surges, flash floods spurred by up to 2 feet (.61 meters) of rain and the possibility of tornadoes. Claunch marveled at how the Gulf waters had already crept over swaths of sandy shore and infiltrated bike paths and parking lots. Sally achieved hurricane strength Monday and quickly intensified to a Category 2 storm with 100 mph (161 kph) winds. Forecasters expect winds to increase to up to 110 mph (177 kph) over the warm Gulf waters before the storm blows ashore.
Cold front coming brings potential street flooding threat
The cold front should reach Houston before sunrise, bringing another round of showers and thunderstorms, followed by even colder air for the weekend. Temperatures Friday will not warm out of the 60s, and many neighborhoods may be stuck in the 50s as thick clouds linger even after the rain clears out. With a clearer sky over the weekend, we'll catch our first morning in the 40s. Temperatures will moderate Monday and Tuesday ahead of another cold front arriving Wednesday, October 30th. This will bring more messy weather, but all the mess should clear out by Halloween, making for ideal trick-or-treat weather.SHARE YOUR WEATHER PHOTOS: Send us pics and video of weather in your area to firstname.lastname@example.org and at #ABC13Eyewitness on social media.abc13.com
Nestor makes landfall on Florida island, heads north
"Thankfully, we have not had any reported serious injuries," Sheriff Grady Judd said in a Saturday statement. "However, there are many people dealing with damage to their homes and property this morning, some of it severe. "Another suspected tornado in southwest Florida damaged at least a dozen homes in Cape Coral, some severely, the police department said in a statement. "There have been no issues," said Mayor Al Cathey, whose city is still recovering. A previous warning west of the county line was discontinued by Saturday morning.abc13.com
11 missing servicemen presumed dead in Florida helicopter crash
11 missing servicemen presumed dead in Florida helicopter crash The Army Black Hawk went down in the water by the Panhandle town of Navarre, near Eglin Air Force Base. The chopper was on a routine night training mission. Seven of the servicemen are Marines, and four others are Army crewmen. Chip Reid reports.cbsnews.com