These live beach cameras show what it looks like as Tropical Storm Nicholas approaches the Texas coast
Tropical Storm Nicholas is expected to strengthen as it approaches the Texas coast, threatening to bring heavy rain and floods. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for many of the state’s coastal regions.
LIST: Houston-area school districts, colleges and universities announce closures, modified schedules due to Hurricane Nicholas
Some Houston-area schools districts have canceled classes due to the threat of severe weather posed by Hurricane Nicholas. Listed alphabetically, these are the school districts and schools that have canceled classes:
Houston activates emergency operations center as storms move through area
With heavy rain expected throughout the overnight hours and into Thursday, the city of Houston has already activated its emergency operations center at the Houston Emergency Center. They did so at the direction of Mayor Sylvester Turner beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.
23 local fire departments prepare for possible street flooding, severe weather
Houston Fire Department has everything from inflatable boats to high water rescue vehicles strategically stationed throughout the city, ready to go if needed. Some of the equipment was already put into good use in the Kingwood area after Monday evening storms.
Harris County Precinct 4 Constables prepare rescue boats ahead of possible severe weather
Preparations for high water rescues are underway throughout the Houston area. The equipment may look a bit different from department to department, but the goal is the same, and that’s to provide help to anyone who may need it.
SNAP recipients can use food benefits to purchase hot foods, ready-to-eat meals in Texas
Greg Abbott announced Sunday that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has received federal approval for SNAP recipients to use their food benefits to purchase hot foods and ready-to-eat meals due to the severe weather in Texas. “As we continue to recover from this winter storm, the state is ensuring that Texans in need have access to hot food to feed their families,” said Governor Abbott. “I thank our federal partners at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for approving this waiver.”SNAP recipients can purchase these foods at grocery stores that accept SNAP benefits all throughout Texas, according to a press release. Foods like rotisserie chickens and deli foods can be used by SNAP recipients. “These added federal flexibilities will go a long way in helping SNAP clients feed their families.”AdSNAP recipients can buy these foods until the end of March, according to officials.
SNAP recipients can use food benefits to purchase hot foods, ready-to-eat meals
Food like rotisserie chickens can be bought with SNAP benefits. Greg Abbott announced Sunday that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has received federal approval for SNAP recipients to use their food benefits to purchase hot foods and ready-to-eat meals due to the severe weather in Texas. “As we continue to recover from this winter storm, the state is ensuring that Texans in need have access to hot food to feed their families,” said Governor Abbott. Foods like rotisserie chickens and deli foods can be used by SNAP recipients. “These added federal flexibilities will go a long way in helping SNAP clients feed their families.”AdSNAP recipients can buy these foods until the end of March, according to officials.
H-E-B adjusts store hours due to severe winter weather
New H-E-B in KerrvilleHOUSTON – With the winter storm events throughout Texas, H-E-B will temporarily reduce our store hours of operation at all H-E-B, Joe V’s Smart Shop, Mi Tienda and Central Market stores across the Greater Houston, the company announced Monday night. Here is the modified schedule:H-E-B – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Joe V’s Smart Shop – Wednesday as early as 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.Mi Tienda – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Central Market – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Friday: TBD
How to help and get help as the winter storm causes power outages across Texas
City officials, local outreach teams and other organizations are providing warming shelters and support for people seeking help. Houston:Lakewood Church, the Gallery Furniture store and multiple other warming shelters have opened in the area. Homeless outreach teams from the sheriff’s office, police department, and homeless outreach groups have worked to provide rides to the warming centers. If people need help outside of those hours, they can leave a voicemail or email email@example.com. DFW:Dallas opened the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center as a warming center, where people will be provided with a chair, table and light snacks.
GRB to open as ‘warming center’ for those without heat, experiencing homelessness amid winter storm
HOUSTON – The George R. Brown Convention Center will open its door Sunday afternoon for those looking to escaping the winter weather. The GRB will begin accepting people beginning at 2 p.m. with the capacity to house up to 500 people if needed. Pets will also be allowed but will be kept in a separate area, according to officials. “BARC is here to set up some kennel space and have food and some basic care items for the people that come through our shelters with pets. They’ll be here to manage the area so the pets can you the facility and relieve themselves,” Rayne said.
5 tips to protect electronics before extremely cold weather
With cold weather even freezing temperatures on the way to Greater Houston, electronics specialists are reminding the public to prepare for the possibility of power outages and electrical surges. Invest in good surge protector power stripsOne electronic recommend buying a surge protector for appliances to protect from being damaged in the event of an electrical surge. Falling ice and falling branches could fall on power lines making this hazard possible, especially in cold temperatures. Surge protection power strips are your standard home surge protection here... You can put them in and around your house. Ad”Over time in Houston as your surge protector protects your appliances blast, after the blast, it eventually gets tired,” said.
Here’s what KPRC 2 reporters saw as Hurricane Delta made landfall in Louisiana and near southeast Texas
Hurricane Delta made landfall Friday evening as a Category 2 storm with winds of 100 mph near Creole, Louisiana. Here is what KPRC 2 reporters saw in parts of Louisiana and Texas as the storm pushed through:Lake Charles, LouisianaJenning, LouisianaPort Arthur, TexasGalveston
Did you catch the purple sky in Houston? Here are 7 breathtaking photos that you must see
HOUSTON – Several KPRC 2 viewers sent in photos of the purple sky over the Houston area Friday evening. Houstonians can thank Hurricane Delta for the spectacular views. In this case, low clouds (very low) and moisture from Hurricane Delta scattered the light so we see violet. If you took photos of the amazing sunset, please send your photos to Click2Pins. Here are some of our favorite photos that you shared with us:Sarah Goebel ManvelKittyShannon68 RichmondKittyShannon68 RichmondDKCaldwell Tiki IslandCourageAcrossTexas New Caneyaimeek97 Deer Park
LIST: High water being reported on some roads during Beta
HOUSTON – Here is a list of high water locations being reported in the Houston area by Houston Transtar. SH-87/ Broadway Northbound Between 4TH ST to SH-124 All Mainlanes Closed beginning Monday, September 21, 2020 8:30 PMSH-87/ Broadway Southbound Between SH-124 to 4TH ST All Mainlanes Closed beginning Monday, September 21, 2020 8:30 PMSH-35 Northbound At BELTWAY 8-SOUTH to FUQUA 3 Frontage Lane(s) Closed on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PMIH-45 GULF Northbound At TRAVIS Entrance Ramp Closed beginning Tuesday, September 22, 2020 9:00 AMIH-45 NORTH Southbound At IH-10 East/ Milam Exit Ramp Closed beginning Tuesday, September 22, 2020 9:00 AMIH-10 KATY Eastbound At Smith St/ Louisiana St Exit Ramp Closed beginning Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:30 PMIH-10 EAST Eastbound At MONMOUTH DR 3 Frontage Lane(s), Frontage Road U-turn Closed beginning Monday, September 21, 2020 9:00 AMIH-10 EAST Westbound At MONMOUTH DR 3 Frontage Lane(s), Frontage Road U-turn Closed beginning Monday, September 21, 2020 9:00 AMCheck the latest traffic conditions here.
What’s the difference between a watch and warning, anyway? A hurricane guide
Whether you just moved somewhere that gets threatened by hurricanes often or you’re just an avid weather-follower, of course you want to be in the know. Latest track? Yes, there is some science jargon involved here, so some terms might be easier to understand than others. But regardless, we tried to break it down for you in a way that’s easy to read and digestible. For more information, visit this website from the National Hurricane Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which provided the following definitions.
When it comes to storms and protecting your home, err on the side of caution: We’ll tell you how
But regardless where you’re located or what types of weather your region regularly experiences, it’s always best to remain vigilant. When it comes to hurricanes and big storms, there’s always so much talk about how to prepare the insides of our homes. Therefore, it’s always better to err on the side of caution, he added. “There’s nothing wrong with being too careful.”So, the next time a big storm’s coming to town, walk around the exterior of your house, your property or your yard. You could even turn this into a project, moving just a few belongings a day, leading up to the storm.
What you should be doing to prepare your home for potential high winds
HOUSTON – If you live inland and away from the coast, the biggest concern for your home and property are likely high winds. Hurricane Laura is expecting to come ashore with winds up to 115 miles an hour. So you can bet those winds will pick up items even a hundred miles away like nothing. One Conroe homeowner knows first hand what high wind damage can do. What should you do with your trampoline before expected high winds?
ASK 2: I will be flying to Chicago on Thursday morning from Houston Bush Airport at 10 a.m. Will it be safe to drive to the airport on that day ?
As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: I will be flying to Chicago on Thursday morning from Houston Bush Airport at 10 am. Answer: Answer: Tropical Storm Laura is now a Category 1 Hurricane and is expected to intensify today in the Gulf Coast before making landfall late Wednesday. 3 hurricane at landfall which will be late Wednesday night into early Tuesday morning. Please pay close attention to our storm team coverage, Frank Billingsley, Britta Merwin, Khambrel Marshall, Justin Stapleton and Eric Braate will be tracking Laura’s every move and will provide the latest updates as they become available.
Port Arthur mayor issues evacuation order before Laura hits
PORT ARTHUR, Texas Port Arthur's mayor on Monday issued a mandatory evacuation order for the Southeast Texas city before Tropical Storm Laura which forecasters say could strengthen to a Category 3 hurricane makes landfall. Laura was expected to make landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Port Arthur is about 30 miles (about 50 kilometers) from the Louisiana border. Forecasters have said Laura could change course and make landfall near Houston. We are ready to deal with this situation as well," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Monday.
SAVE THIS: Emergency information you need if you have a chronic condition, need medication
They will be giving you important information specific to your condition and let you know where to go for treatment if your facility closes. DIALYSIS PATIENTS NEED TO SAVE THIS INFORMATIONPatients may have questions like: What to do if a dialysis facility closes? For help, the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) is available by phone 24/7 to answer your questions regarding kidney conditions and emergency events. Under emergency conditions, you still may need to use the insulin that has been stored above 86°F. For more information see Information Regarding Insulin Storage and Switching Between Products in an Emergency (en Español).
Harris County officials prepare for storm, coordinate storm defense plan
HOUSTON As two storms approach the Gulf coast, Harris County officials are coordinating a storm defense plan. Sanchez says Lauras forecasted track is constantly changing, which causes issues, but theyre as prepared as they can be. Outside of it, theyre tracking their resources like high water rescue vehicles. The good news is since Hurricane Harvey we have 60% more high water rescue assets in this region than we did back then, said Sanchez. Sanchez also advised that families need to a hurricane plan and hurricane kit.
These steps will keep your pet safe if a hurricane hits where you live
A carrying crateWhen dangerous weather hits, it’s a good idea to have a pet carrying crate for your animal so you know they will be safe inside. Freeman suggests doing some pre-crate training so when an emergency strikes, it’s not your animal’s first time going in. That means having an ID on the collar, or one step further: making sure your pet is microchipped. A pet emergency kitHaving an emergency kit on hand in case something disastrous happens will save you so much stress in the long run. That’s another reason why having a pet carrier can keep your dog or cat out of harm’s way.
Harris County COVID-19 testing sites closing Monday due to severe weather
HOUSTON – All of the Harris County COVID-19 testing sites have closed Monday due to severe weather, Harris County Public Health said. Harris County Public Health said they plan on reopening sites and resuming operations on Tuesday, June 23. 🚨URGENT: All of our #COVID19 test sites are closed today due to severe weather. If you had an appointment for today, please come back tomorrow with your code. #houwx pic.twitter.com/N3UFGE0DZ2 — Harris County Public Health #SocialDistance (@hcphtx) June 22, 2020If you had an appointment scheduled for today, HCPH asks that you come back Tuesday with your code.
Summer-Like Weekend on the Way
Thankfully humidity will still be in check but it will be very warm Friday afternoon. Afternoon highs are usually in the low 80s for May 1st and today temperatures will top off in the mid 80s. FridayHumidity creeps back in this weekend. With temperatures close to 90 degrees and humidity settling in it will feel like SUMMER this weekend! So far the front next Wednesday does not look like it will produce severe weather but rather just bring in a round of showers.
Here’s what the storms looked liked as they moved through the Houston area
HOUSTON – Severe storms moved throughout the Houston area Wednesday morning, leaving more than 140,000 people without power. Some places have seen hail and a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9 a.m. for all of the area. Here is what KPRC 2 reporters saw as the storms moved through:KPRC 2′s Brittany Jeffers tracked storms throughout southwest Houston. KPRC 2′s Rose-Ann Aragon said storms decimated throughout Webster. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9 a.m. for all of the Houston area.
How rare was Wednesday’s Onalaska twister? You might be surprised.
According to the National Weather Service Office for Houston/Galveston, southeast Texas has only recorded six EF-3 tornadoes since 1992. EF-3 tornadoes make up only one percent of the overall tornadoes that touch down in southeast Texas. Chart courtesy of the National Weather Service Office, Houston/Galveston. According to the National Weather Service, only two F-4/EF-4 tornadoes have touched down in the area since 1950. EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes pack winds in excess of 166 miles per hour!
WATCH: See videos and photos showing the impact of a tornado ripping through an Arkansas city
(CNN) – (CNN) -- A tornado ripped through Jonesboro, Arkansas, injuring six people and leaving a trail of flattened homes and buildings. MAJOR damage confirmed in Jonesboro, Arkansas from an intense tornado. A map on its website showed tornado strikes in Arkansas and Iowa, though none appeared to have been as damaging as the one in Jonesboro. The weather service map said power lines were knocked down and roofs blown off in Jackson County, Arkansas. The weather service issued a rare "Particularly Dangerous Situation" tornado watch for parts of the Midwest through Saturday night.
This weekend is the kick-off to Spring Break for many students and time to Rodeo for everyone
HOUSTON – The weekend weather looks wonderful: Cool mornings, pleasant afternoons and rain-free. Weekend WeatherThe only issue will be the pollen count as tree pollen continues to run extremely high and will continue to run high for a few more weeks. Pollen CountAfter a wonderful weekend next week looks great which is perfect because next week is SPRING BREAK for many students! Winds will shift back onshore next week providing spring-like weather for the Spring Break. A cold front will eventually move through the end of next week bringing our next best chance for rain.
This is how much damage Houston saw, how high wind gusts hit, during last night’s storm
HOUSTON – Severe thunderstorms passed through the Houston-area, causing damage and power outages. Where damage was reported:There were some reports of damage overnight in the Houston area. Officials say there was damage to the inside of the home after water flowed in from the damaged roof. Here’s a look at the unofficial wind speeds recorded overnight in and around Houston. At least three homes were destroyed by the Arkansas tornado, said Logan County Emergency Management Coordinator Tobi Miller, but no injuries were reported.
OH HAIL: Your severe weather questions answered by KPRC 2 expert
HOUSTON – KPRC 2′s Britta Merwin answered your questions about the anticipated severe weather heading into our area Friday evening. What questions do you have about the severe weather that's expected to come our way this evening? We typically would not see as amplified of a system and this large of a severe weather potential in early January but rather we would see it in February. I don’t have a garage, my car will suffer ☹️The hail risk is lower than the wind risk with this system. There is a higher risk for hail will be northwest of Houston tonight.