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How To Survive Houston’s Summer – From Hurricanes To Extreme Heat To Power Grid Concerns

Today, it’s all about summer safety – with information on everything from extreme weather to sun, heat and July 4th safety. Plus, what’s up with the Texas power grid?


This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at 2:40 p.m. EDT., and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Laura over the Gulf of Mexico.


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If this summer were a blockbuster disaster movie, the trailer might have:

Tropical storms!
X-treme Heat!
And Sharks!

OK, not sharks ... well, maybe. But all of the rest are either definite or definite possibilities.

This summer, we're facing unique challenges from the pandemic and the Texas power grid, on top of our current extreme temperatures and storm season.

So today, it's time for the Houston Summer Weather “Blockbuster.”

Experts join us to talk about summer safety – everything from what's brewing in the Gulf to what's up with the power grid, and tips on sun, water, COVID and July 4th safety – to try to keep you safe and cool, whether this is your first, or fiftieth, Houston summer.


Justin Stapleton:

  • KPRC Meteorologist

Ed Hirs:

  • Energy Fellow, University of Houston

Dr. Cedric Dark:

  • Houston Emergency Room doctor
  • Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

Houston Public Media reporter Matt Harab also joins Ernie with local headlines, including:

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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