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Report: Greater Houston’s a ‘Sitting Duck’ for the Next Big Storm

Posted on · Reporters from the Texas Tribune and ProPublica have teamed up on a report examining the Houston and Galveston region’s lack of storm infrastructure. The article is called Hell and High Water, and it suggests Greater Houston is simply unprepared to handle that next big storm. To tell us more, we talk with Texas Tribune environmental reporter Kiah Collier. […]

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Research Shows New Ways to Protect Against Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Posted on · Research from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is offering new solutions to better protect the Houston-Galveston region from the impact of future hurricanes and storms. With the Atlantic hurricane season just behind us, we talk with three researchers about the legal implications of the proposals, the costs and benefits of each, and how […]

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Hurricane Rita: Lessons Learned from Houston’s Great Evacuation

Posted on · Hurricane Rita made landfall ten years ago today. Fearing the worst, on the heels of Katrina, officials ordered a mass evacuation, which turned out, in many ways, to be more damaging than the storm itself. An estimated 2.5 million people tried to clear out ahead of what was initially a category five hurricane. Rita weakened […]

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Galveston Storm of 1900: America’s Deadliest — and Most Forgotten — Tragedy

Posted on · 115 years ago today, the Galveston Storm of 1900 hit, killing thousands and all but obliterating the city of Galveston. By today’s standards, the storm would’ve been a Category 4 hurricane, with estimated winds of 145 miles per hour at landfall. It was the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history, with estimates of anywhere from 6,000 to […]

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What’s It Like Flying Through a Hurricane?

Posted on · Jack Parrish, a NOAA Flight Meteorologist, is a part of the Hurricane Hunters – the team you hear about when giant storms are approaching and a plane heads up to take a look. The team conduct tests while in and above tropical storms and hurricanes to send data back to meteorologists on the ground who […]

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Is Houston Prepared to Handle Flooding?

Posted on · It seems like every time there’s even moderately heavy rain here in Houston, we experience some measure of flooding. That’s to be expected when you live in a very flat city that’s only 43 feet above sea level. Still, while flooding may not be preventable, there may be steps to take to mitigate it. Today […]

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What You Need to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Posted on · New to Houston? Well, we have this thing called hurricane season, and you really need to know about it. First, it starts Saturday and continues through November. It’s the six month period in which hurricanes and major tropical storms are most likely to make landfall and potentially do some damage. And while Greater Houston has […]

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How to prepare for Hurricane Season

Posted on · Hurricane season starts June 1st. Are you prepared? We spoke with Patty Mancha, Deputy Director of External Affairs at FEMA Region 6 and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett about what you should know and how you should prepare in advance of hurricane season. Then, we talked about hurricanes, and all other things meteorological, with Frank Billingsley, […]