Tropical Depression Cindy

7 a.m. CT graphic courtesy: NOAA, National Hurricane Center

At 10 a.m. Central Time, Tropical Depression Cindy was moving north at 13 mph with maximum winds of 35 mph. In its last public advisory on Cindy, the National Hurricane Center said the weakening storm also is producing heavy rainfall as it tracks northward. The tropical storm warning for High Island, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana is discontinued.  All Gulf coastal warnings and watches also have been cancelled.

Posted earlier today —At 7:00 a.m.Central Time (Thursday), Tropical Storm Cindy with maximum winds of 40 mph is on land and expected to weaken as it pushes inward. The National Hurricane Center says Cindy is moving north at 12 mph. The NHC says the storm is about 40 miles north west of Lake Charles, Louisiana. A tropical storm warning continues from High Island, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana.

http://www.goes.noaa.gov/HURRLOOPS/huirloop.html

Above is the infrared satellite loop of Tropical Storm Cindy in the Gulf of Mexico, courtesy of  NOAA and National Hurricane Center.  Click on link above.

Cindy’s tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles to the southeast of the center.

If you live or work along the Central Texas Gulf coast to the Western Florida Panhandle, the National Hurricane Center advises you to watch  Cindy’s progress.

Stay informed and prepare for any storm impacts (flooding, wind damage, power outages) in your area.

This storm is forecast to produce 3-6 inches of rain and isolated amounts of up to 12 inches over eastern Texas, western and central Louisiana, southern and eastern Arkansas through Friday morning.

Rainfall of 2-4 inches or even 8 inches in some areas is forecast for southern Mississippi, southern and central Alabama and western Florida panhandle through Friday morning.

Waves of 1 to 3 feet above ground level is forecast along the coast in parts of the tropical Storm Warning area.  (High Island, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana).

States of emergencies have been declared in Louisiana and Alabama.

http://www.weather.gov/hgx/

Above, composite radar loop of Houston-Galveston area, courtesy National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service Houston-Galveston says Cindy made landfall in southwestern Louisiana between Cameron, Louisiana and Port Arthur, Texas  early Thursday morning.  Locally, heavy rainfall continues today mostly east of I-45 and there will be some minor coastal flooding this morning along the Bolivar Peninsula and across Galveston Island, according the 4:40 a.m. local NWS Hurricane Statement. A voluntary evacuation continues for Bolivar Peninsula for people with medical and special needs due to flooding along Highway 87.

The NWS Houston forecast is 50% rain today and 50% -20% rain Thursday night.

This office building along 610 South Loop  had sandbags on standby Wednesday for any street flooding from T.S. Cindy.    

 

 

Excessive heat and sizzling temperatures continue for western Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California and other parts of the country, according to the NWS.

For weather updates, stay tuned to local broadcast stations, the National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service, weather cable stations and social media for changing weather forecasts.

 

 

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Happy Father’s Day!

Above, a sweet way to celebrate Father’s Day. This is a hamburger cake from Whole Foods bakery. You’ll have to grill a real hamburger for Dad and Grandfather, too.

To all the Fathers today and no longer with us, we thank God for you. You are missed and loved. Thank you for working long hours to provide for us, your precious time with us, your guidance, wisdom and love.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Hot Weather in Houston

The heat is on in Houston with daytime temperatures in the mid-90’s and feel-like temperatures of 100 to 105 degrees, according to local meteorologists. The hot and steamy weather continues through this Father’s Day weekend. Above a worker doing maintenance in 93-degree heat at the Galleria on Friday afternoon.

 

The National Weather Service and local weather forecasts advise the public to stay hydrated, drink lots of water, stay indoors or go to a cooling center, seek shade, check on neighbors and senior adults in your family, do not leave children or pets in cars and stay informed during extreme heat.  Extreme heat can result in heat-related illnesses and hundreds of deaths.


Graphic Courtesy: National Weather Service Weather.Gov

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Slow Down on Bellaire Boulevard

A U.S. postal worker says speeding cars are even worse at the apartment complexes on Bellaire Boulevard. On Wednesday afternoon, some vehicles were going through the intersection at Bellaire & Mary Bates Boulevard in Houston’s Asia-China Town at speeds above the speed limit.

New digital speed signs went up to let drivers know if they’re led-footing it down this street.  The normal speed limit is 35 mph and 20 mph in school zones on Bellaire Boulevard.   So, a reminder to slow down and drive safely.

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Things to Do Calendar

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For weather forecasts, visit http://www.weather.gov

Chick-fil-A presents free family-friendly movies this summer on Tuesdays and Wednesday nights on these dates–June 13, June 14, July 18, July 19, August 8 and August 9th.  Bring your own chair for these summer movies at the Houston Meyerland and Hwy 59 and Kirby locations.  The movies start at 8 p.m. at sunset in the parking lot.  “Sing” will be shown on June 13th tonight and “Trolls” on Wednesday, June 14th.

Visit a National Park.  Big Bend National Park (Texas), Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Biscayne National Park (Florida) and Olympic National Park (Washington) were established in June.

Local churches also offer Vacation Bible School for elementary school-age children, adults and need volunteers.  Houston’s First Baptist Church at the Loop has Vacation Bible School for children and for women on Monday, June 26th – June 29th from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration is open at http://www.HoustonsFirst.org.

June 14 – Flag Day

June 18 – Happy Father’s Day!

June 21 – First Day of Summer

June 22 & June 28th – AARP presents free Technology Workshops on iPads. There are sessions on Intro to iPad, Beyond the Basics, Online Safety and Sharing Safely on Facebook using iPads. The iPad workshops will be held at the Mamie George Community Center, 1111 Collins Road in Richmond, Texas and the Richard & Meg Weekley Community Center, Room 200, 8440 Greenhouse Road in Cypress, Texas.  To register, call 1-866-591-8105 or register online at http://www.aarp.cvent.com/aarptekhouston

 

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Bellaire Police Station Tour

Bellaire Police Chief Byron Holloway talks about the last public tour of current building and future move.

Photo courtesy: Bellaire Police Department

Today was the last public open house at the Bellaire Police and Municipal Courts Building. More than 150 people toured the police station and courts building for the last time on Saturday.

 

“Turnout has been great.” Bellaire Police Chief Byron Holloway said.

Visitors saw the communications dispatch center which receives 35,000 to 45,000 calls a year, according to Lieutenant R. Brown, communications supervisor. Visitors also saw the courtroom.  Court is in session Tuesdays and Wednesdays for municipal Class C violations such as running red lights, speeding, driving under the influence and shoplifting items below $50 in value.

Jail Operations Supervisor A. Carranza led the tour of the jail. Children especially enjoyed visiting the jail cells where some parents took photos of their children behind bars.  Visitors also saw the fingerprint room, evidence storage area and where DUI suspects walk the line and alcohol tests are administered.

Chief Holloway said on July 5th, the police department of 39 sworn officers will move to a temporary location at Bellaire City Hall at 7008 S. Rice Avenue and operate from there Mondays through Fridays.  After hours and on weekends, the police will be at the Bellaire Fire Department at 5101 Jessamine Street.

Demolition of the old building and construction of the new building is scheduled this summer. The new and larger Bellaire Police and Municipal Courts Building at 5110 Jessamine Street opens in the Fall of 2018.

The police station and courts building opened in April 1974.  Before that, the police station was at 7900 S. Rice Avenue from the 1950’s to 1974.

The Bellaire Police Department serves a community of 15,000 residents, a population that swells to 35,000 during the daytime. Bellaire is located within Houston’s metropolitan area.   The department celebrates its 100th anniversary next year.

—Carol Lim

 

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Harris County Deputy and Husband Indicted for Murder

Updated 11:33 a.m., June 13, 2017 – Local and national news media report the Thompsons made their first court appearance in Houston today. At the time of the incident, the Harris County Sheriff’s deputy, Chauna Thompson and her husband, Terry were involved with John Hernandez’s death. The Thompsons surrendered to authorities last Thursday night after a grand jury indicted them for murder in the Hernandez case. The Thompsons were freed the next day after each paid $100,000 bond. Mrs. Thompson’s status with the Sheriff’s Office remains unclear at this time.

This morning court documents show the Hernandez family filed a civil lawsuit against Terry Thompson of Crosby, Texas yesterday, June 12th. John Hernandez, a father of a young child, was involved in a fight with the Thompsons outside a Denny’s restaurant during the Memorial Day weekend.  Hernandez critically injured and unconscious died in the hospital a few days after the confrontation. Hernandez’s funeral was last Saturday.

Updated 10:15 p.m. – The Thompsons turned in themselves at the Harris County Jail before 10 p.m. tonight, Houston news media report.  Earlier tonight, the John Hernandez family and supporters also gathered to react to the grand jury indictment. One saying it was a step toward justice.  They also thanked the media.

A Harris County grand jury has indicted a Harris County Sheriff deputy and her husband on murder charges in the death of John Hernandez after a video surfaced that showed the pair participating in the deadly fight.  The video shown numerous times on local news stations showed the deputy, Chauna Thompson next to her husband, Terry Thompson as he lay on top of Hernandez in a choke hold. The video also showed Hernandez  kicking his legs during the ordeal.  Local news reports say Hernandez was unconscious when he was taken to the hospital. Hernandez died a few days later.

The deadly fight happened outside a Denny’s Restaurant during the Memorial Day weekend.  Since Hernandez’s death, his family, friends and others have held protests calling for justice.

District Attorney Kim Ogg announced the grand jury’s decision late this afternoon during a locally televised news conference.

“The grand jury has found probable cause that a crime was committed,” said Ogg. The district attorney said the grand jury heard testimony from all witnesses who came forward and that all the evidence and testimony before the grand jury will be preserved.

Ogg said the medical examiner’s autopsy report indicated that Hernandez died from strangulation.

“We support the decision of the grand jury,” said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

If convicted, the Thompsons face 5 years to life in prison, Ogg said.

“Nobody is under arrest, ” said Ogg  after announcing the grand jury’s decision.

Ogg suggested the Thompsons turn themselves in.

 

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