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Harris County storms: Houston, surrounding areas are under Flood Advisory as second lines of thunderstorms move in

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-05-05 13:27:59

SUMMARY: Heavy rain in Harris County, Texas has caused flooding similar to that of Hurricane Harvey. ABC13 declared Sunday a Weather Alert Day due to intense storms approaching the area, with a Flood Advisory in place until 1 p.m. Several road closures were implemented for safety, including the Monmouth Street exit on the East Freeway. Rescue boats have been deployed in flooded areas, with over 200 people and pets rescued since Tuesday. The rising San Jacinto River has caused concern, reaching 55 feet and expected to rise further. Evacuations were urged, but the river did not reach expected levels of 61 feet.

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Deadly Houston storms: EF-1 tornado with peak winds of 110 mph confirmed near Cypress, tornado hits SW part of Waller, NWS says

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-05-17 21:27:16

SUMMARY: A destructive storm hit the Houston area with 100 mph straight-line winds in downtown Houston and 90 mph winds in Baytown. An EF-1 tornado with peak winds of 110 mph struck near Cypress, and another tornado hit southwest Waller County. President Biden declared a major disaster, allowing FEMA to provide assistance. Seven people died, and recovery efforts are ongoing. Downtown Houston suffered damage from shattered windows and fallen debris. Power outages affected over 700,000 customers. Cooling centers were opened, and officials urged caution and cooperation during the recovery process. Governor Abbott expressed condolences and assured support for affected communities.

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Houston weather: ABC13 identifies tornado, straight-line wind differences through damage in Spring Branch, Cypress, Waller Co.

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abc13.com – Elyse Smith – 2024-05-17 19:53:25

SUMMARY: A recent storm in southeast Texas caused confusion between straight-line winds and tornadoes. Both types of winds impacted Houston and surrounding areas. Straight-line winds can be just as dangerous as tornadoes, with 100 mph winds causing extensive damage in downtown Houston. Meteorologists use indicators like tree damage to distinguish between straight-line wind and tornado damage. Signs of a tornado include stripped trees with shredded appearances and debris embedded in them. Unfortunately, the storms resulted in five fatalities in the Houston area. For more information, follow ABC13 Meteorologist Elyse Smith on social media.

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Daisy Ridley makes waves with new film, ‘Young Woman and the Sea’

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abc13.com – OTRC – 2024-05-17 18:26:43

SUMMARY: Daisy Ridley stars in the new film “Young Woman and the Sea,” based on the true story of Trudy Ederle, the first woman to swim across the English Channel in 1926. The movie showcases Ederle’s groundbreaking achievement at a time when women were discouraged from participating in such a male-dominated sport. Ridley found the role challenging, particularly the swimming scenes, but was drawn to the strong family dynamic portrayed in the film. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer believes Ederle’s story deserves recognition, and director Joachim Rønning praises Ridley’s dedication to the physical role. The film aims to inspire audiences with its message of empowerment and determination.

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