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Sargassum seaweed blob could be headed toward Galveston. Should we be concerned?

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www.click2houston.com – – 2023-06-08 06:14:47

SUMMARY: County, Texas, is closely monitoring an enormous mat of seaweed that spans thousands of miles. Called sargassum, the marine life habitat may also affect the coastlines, choking corals, reducing water and air quality, and producing an unpleasant odor. The seaweed is organic and can help slow down erosion, while local personnel and equipment stand ready if large amounts wash ashore. An alarming development noted in Water Research's journal claims that deadly bacteria called vibrio can attach to sargassum and floating debris, potentially expanding their range of pathogen dispersion.

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Warning Issued for Waterspout Near Galveston, Texas

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www.govtech.com – – 2024-06-12 16:23:45

SUMMARY: For the second time this week, massive waterspouts have been spotted near , triggering warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Houston and Galveston. A marine warning was issued as a large waterspout with winds below 39 mph was observed. Dan Reilly from the NWS cited favorable conditions like warm water and low wind shear for the increase in waterspouts. These events usually cover larger areas compared to land tornado warnings. Waterspouts were also seen on Monday, with some witnesses claiming it was the largest they had ever seen. Waterspouts typically cause minimal damage and dissipate quickly.

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20-year-old woman drowned near Galveston jetty; fourth apparent drowning in past month – Houston Public Media

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www.houstonpublicmedia.org – – 2024-06-10 14:45:34

SUMMARY: Officials are investigating the death of a 20-year-old woman found in knee-deep water at Beach, following her disappearance near a jetty known for rough waters. This incident follows another drowning of a 27-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man over Memorial Day weekend. Beach patrol Captain Tony Pryor cautions against swimming near jetties and at night due to dangerous rip currents. To ensure safety, swimmers should stay near lifeguards and avoid unmonitored areas. Safety campaigns and increased preventative measures have been emphasized to mitigate risks, with nearly 560,000 actions taken in 2023 alone.

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20-year-old woman drowns at Galveston Beach, fourth victim since Memorial Day

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www.click2houston.com – – 2024-06-10 05:58:18

SUMMARY: Since Memorial Day, four individuals have drowned at beaches, with the latest incident involving a 20-year-old woman near the 47th Street jetty on Sunday. Despite rescue efforts by the Patrol and other agencies, the woman was pronounced dead at the hospital. Lt. Austin Kirwin of the Beach Patrol emphasized beach safety, discouraging nighttime swimming and urging swimmers to be aware of their surroundings and adhere to posted signs and flags. Kirwin also recommended always swimming with a buddy to enhance safety. Beachgoers are advised to pay close attention to safety warnings to prevent further tragedies.

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