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State of Texas in association with Blueridge Transportation Group to take over maintenance of the SH-288 corridor and tolling

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abc13.com – Elissa Rivas – 2024-05-04 15:34:19

SUMMARY: The State Highway 288 Express Tollway in Houston is known for its high prices, sometimes costing drivers upwards of $15 for a short distance. The toll pricing is based on dynamic factors like entry and exit points, time of day, and historical use of the toll system. The state of Texas is considering taking over tolling and maintenance of the lanes along SH-288, but details are still being worked out. The formation of a transportation corporation with high-ranking individuals at TxDOT will allow for further progress in the deal. Both TxDOT and BTG are looking forward to working together to best serve the people of Texas.

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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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