‘Extremely Active’ 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Comes to an End

November 30th marked the official end of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which was one for the record books before it even officially started. The season produced 31 tropical depressions, of which 30 became tropical storms and 13 became hurricanes, including six major hurricanes. In all, 12 tropical cyclones made landfall on United States coastlines. Only Hurricane Hanna and Tropical Storm Beta made landfall in Texas. As the 2020 hurricane season comes to an end, […]

Record Breaking Subtropical Storm Theta Forms, No Threat to Texas

What is the danger? Subtropical Storm Theta has formed in the open Atlantic. Theta is the 29th named storm of the 2020 Hurricane Season, and this breaks the record for the most number of storms in a single hurricane season. According to the National Hurricane Center, Theta is currently moving east-northeast toward the eastern Atlantic. Theta poses no threat to Texas.  What you should do: Hurricane Season does not end until November 30th. While Tropical Storm […]

27th Named Tropical Storm Zeta Forms

What is the danger? Tropical Storm Zeta has formed southeast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Zeta is the 27th named storm of the 2020 Hurricane Season. According to the National Hurricane Center, Zeta is currently moving northwest as it approaches the Gulf of Mexico. At this time, it is unlikely that Zeta will impact Texas, but residents should monitor for changes to the forecast throughout the week. What you should do: Hurricane Season does not end until […]

Flood Control Recommendations Submitted to Riceland Terrace Residents

This ditch runs south of Fortuna Drive and Patna Drive. (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter On Fortuna Drive, Angela Della-Calce and her family, residents for 31 years, had flooding—and some unwanted garden snakes—courtesy of Hurricane Harvey last August. A large, blue pod sits in their driveway. Della-Calce said that other houses have had pods following Harvey, but theirs remains for now. They saved what they could. Some items, such as black items of clothing, had bleached stains from the floodwater. One neighbor, Della-Calce said, only recently finished […]

Harvey Brings Important Life Lessons for KISD Student

Katy High School wrestlers Audrey Lynne, Maria Camona, Natasha Mendez, Angelina Viola, and Megan Thomas post after a recent match. Mendez and her family appreciate the help of friends such as these following Hurricane Harvey. (Natasha Mendez photo)

By George Slaughter It’s almost unimaginable to think of being flooded out of your home twice in two years as a positive thing. But Natasha Mendez, a Katy High School sophomore and daughter of Katy Ward B City Council Member Jimmy Mendez, can say as much. Mendez and her family, like others in her neighborhood, were affected by the recent hurricane. “I walked in, and there’s ankle deep water in my room,” she said. “We […]