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Galveston Island Opens for Business after Hurricane Nicholas

Galveston Island Spared from Major Damage Galveston Island is poised to make a full return to business after withstanding minor effects from Hurricane Nicholas on Sept. 13. After sustaining minor damage, residents and business owners have cleaned up debris, power is being restored to residences and attractions are expected to open before the weekend. “Galveston was prepared for Hurricane Nicholas,” City Manager Brian Maxwell said. “City staff directed residents to limit travel around the island […]

UPDATE | Tropical Storm Nicholas Power Outages and Damage Assessment

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) remains at Level II-High Readiness and continues to monitor Tropical Storm Nicholas. Based on current forecasts from the National Weather Service, rain and wind will be leaving our area before the end of the day. CenterPoint Energy crews and contractors are working hard to restore power. Residents are asked to call 713-207-2222 to report downed power lines. Due to smart meters, there is no need to report a […]

City Returning to Business As Usual Status Following Nicholas

The predicted path of Tropical Storm Nicholas at 10 a.m. Monday (Courtesy National Weather Service)

NOTE: This story will be updated as events warrant. By George Slaughter Mayor Bill Hastings said things in the City of Katy are returning back to normal following the arrival and passage of Hurricane Nicholas early Tuesday morning. “Together we have survived another weather event,” Hastings said in a statement. “We are thankful for minimal impacts from Tropical Storm-Hurricane Nicholas and will be moving forward today with business as usual.” Hastings said the city is […]

Heavy Rainfall Expected This Weekend

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) is monitoring a tropical wave entering our area beginning late Saturday night and lasting into early next week. The National Weather Service forecasts widespread rainfall of up to 3 to 5 inches for areas south of I-10, with the possibility of up to 8 inches in areas closer to the coast. The biggest threat will come from heavy downpours that produce high amounts of rain in […]

Tropical Storm Julian Forms in the Atlantic

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) continues to monitor the course of tropical storm Julian which formed today in the Atlantic. Based on current forecasts from the National Hurricane Center, Julian poses no threat to Texas at this time. Tropical Storm Julian is the 10th named storm in the Atlantic Hurricane Season which ends November 30, 2021. HCOHSEM urges residents to check their emergency kits and review their emergency plans. Stay informed by following […]

Brewing tropical system in Caribbean may take aim at US Gulf Coast

This AccuWeather Enhanced RealVue™ Satellite image captured early Thursday morning, Aug. 26, 2021, shows an area of disturbed weather in the Caribbean Sea that forecasters are monitoring for tropical development in the coming days.

“The overall environment appears to be quite favorable for development perhaps as early as Friday, but more likely Saturday,” AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said. AccuWeather Global Weather Center – August 26, 2021 –  A tropical wave sweeping through the Caribbean Sea has a high likelihood of becoming a named system as it tracks into the Gulf of Mexico late this week and into the weekend. Parts of the Yucatan Peninsula that were hit by Hurricane Grace may again see impacts […]

Tropical Storm Larry Forms in the Atlantic

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) continues to monitor the course of tropical storm Larry which formed last night in the eastern Atlantic. Based on current forecasts from the National Hurricane Center, Larry poses no threat to Texas at this time. Tropical Storm Larry is the 12th named storm in the Atlantic Hurricane Season which ends November 30, 2021. HCOHSEM urges residents to check their emergency kits and review their emergency plans.  Stay informed by […]

Tropical Storm Fred Forms in the Atlantic

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) continues to monitor the course of tropical storm Fred. Based on current forecasts from the National Hurricane Center, Fred poses no threat to Texas. Now is a good time to check your emergency kits and review your emergency plans. Stay informed by following HCOHSEM updates online, on social media, and by signing up for Ready Harris Alerts. For more information on how to prepare, review our hurricane preparedness […]

Agricultural Losses Caused By Winter Storm Surpass $600 Million

Preliminary data shared by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reveals that winter storm Uri led to agricultural losses worth $600 million. “Many farmers, and others engaging in commercial agriculture in Texas were the most affected by winter storm Uri,” said Jeff Hydes. The AgriLife Extension Bryan-College Station director adds that the freezing temperatures and ice harmed and even killed crops and livestock, resulting in financial difficulties. What’s more, the residual costs and operational setbacks caused by the […]

Climate Change 360 – a Virtual Lecture Series

Phoebe Barnard, PhD, Associate science, policy and communications strategist, Conservation Biology Institute

Mondays & Wednesdays, August 16 – 25, 6 p.m. central, online Join a virtual lecture series to learn all about climate change, its causes, direct and indirect effects, policy that can impact its course, and actions we can take as individuals, households, businesses, schools, and faith communities to make a difference. The schedule is: Monday, Aug. 16: Science of Climate Change: Causes & Direct Effects Wednesday, Aug. 18: Climate Change, Changing Disasters Monday, Aug. 23:  The Federal Policy […]