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Spring rain could increase wildfire danger this summer

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www.kxan.com – Mercedez Hernandez – 2024-05-04 21:21:31

SUMMARY: Local fire leaders in Austin discussed wildfire mitigation strategies in a symposium hosted by the Austin Travis County Wildfire Coalition. They emphasized the importance of preparing homes for the upcoming wildfire season by ensuring proper protection and creating an exit plan with emergency supplies ready. With a wet spring leading to new plant growth, the risk of wildfires increases when the vegetation dries out during summer months. It was suggested to keep debris and flammable items away from homes and maintain a zero to five-foot space around the house to double the chances of survival in case of a fire.

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DPS to shut down Capitol grounds ahead of Nakba Day rally

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www.kxan.com – Cora Neas – 2024-05-17 16:35:34

SUMMARY: The Texas Department of Public Safety will close access to the state Capitol on Saturday night in anticipation of a large-scale protest event on Sunday commemorating the Nakba, the mass displacement of Palestinians in 1948. The closure is deemed necessary for safety reasons. Organizers planned to bring attendees from Dallas and Houston but had to cancel due to facility restrictions. Despite obstacles, the protest will still take place, with organizers urging people to join. Previous pro-Palestinian rallies have been held at the Capitol since October 2023. The Department of Public Safety cited the closure decision as being out of their control.

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Houston-area power outages: Hundreds of thousands of CenterPoint Energy customers without electricity following damaging storms

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abc13.com – KTRK – 2024-05-17 15:49:55

SUMMARY: Severe thunderstorms with hurricane-force winds caused power outages for over 600,000 customers in southeast Texas. CenterPoint Energy’s operations were affected, with damage to their transmission and distribution electric system in areas like Bellaire, Cypress, Baytown, and Humble. Restoration efforts are expected to take several days, with 4,000 lineworkers and 1,000 vegetation professionals requested to help. The hardest-hit area was likely along Highway 290. Customers are advised to check their weatherhead for damage before service can be restored. The outages are also impacting traffic lights and connectivity, with companies like Comcast and AT&T offering assistance.

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Austin Energy crews to help restore power in Houston after damaging storms

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www.kxan.com – Jaclyn Ramkissoon – 2024-05-17 15:34:00

SUMMARY: Austin Energy is sending 21 lineworkers and support personnel to Houston to help with storm recovery after severe thunderstorms killed at least four people and left over 900,000 homes without power. The crews are equipped with bucket trucks and support vehicles and are prepared to stay for up to two weeks. CenterPoint Energy requested assistance, and Austin Energy is honored to provide mutual aid in natural disasters. Meanwhile, CenterPoint is working on restoration and has requested a total of 4,000 lineworkers and 1,000 vegetation professionals to help with recovery. Strong winds caused significant damage to the electric system in various areas, but progress has been made in restoring power to over 180,000 customers.

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