Heat in Houston

The National Weather Service forecast for Houston is isolated showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m. today.  At 3  p.m. Friday, it was 98 degrees, sunny and hot. The NWS forecasts the feel-like temperatures to be as high as 105 degrees and a 20% rain chance. Above, the Houston skyline and Medical Center from a high-rise in southwest Houston. During the summer heat wave, be sure to check on family, friends and elderly affected by power outages, have no air-conditioning or air quality. Move to air-conditioned places. Stay hydrated, eat more frequent, smaller meals and slow down your activities in this heat.

Visit http://weather.gov/heat for more information on heat-related illnesses. If experiencing a heat stroke (nausea, vomiting, headaches, unconsciousness), call 911 and seek medical treatment.

For weather updates, tune into local broadcasts or visit http://www.weather.gov

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Houston Purse Snatcher Suspect Sought

Houston Police need the public’s help in finding the suspect and suspects involved in  purse snatchings.  Above the robbery division posted this YouTube video of a black Cadillac Escalade approaching a female victim as she was loading her groceries into her SUV in the parking lot of the Hong Kong Market in the block of 9800 Gulf Freeway in southeast Houston. The suspect punched the woman in the face as she clung to her purse and knocked the woman to the ground.  The crime happened on Wednesday, May 24, 2014 around 3:15 p.m.  The HPD case number is 650896-17.

Police are looking a Black Male suspect, 5’06 to 5’8 tall, 150 – 160 pounds. He was wearing a black shirt and black pants.

Please share the above HPD video with others.  If you have any information about the purse snatchers and the whereabouts of the robbery suspects,  contact Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or call Houston Police Robbery Main Division at 713-308-0700 or the HPD South Patrol Division at 832-394-2109.

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Wedding Dance

Amanda Elizabeth Ong and John (Sean) De La Rose Burke danced into their  future Saturday night in the Magnolia Ballroom of the Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond, Texas. The couple married at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, Texas on Saturday, July 8, 2017.  More than 300 guests attended the Chinese-American-Irish-Mexican wedding and reception —a festive, colorful celebration of love and their families with bagpipe music, Mariachis, Mexican dance performances, food, fun and more.

“Our marriage today is much more than a union of two people; it is a union of two families. The backgrounds, life experiences and viewpoints of all of those present today is very diverse, and at the same time, very beautiful. Let today be a perfect example of how truly harmonious our world can be,” Amanda and Sean Burke wrote in thanking everyone.

Congratulations and Best Wishes!

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Bellaire Texas July 4th Parade

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Today is America’s 241 st birthday and the day Congress approved the final text of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  Love of country and the American spirit filled the air and streets of downtown Bellaire, Texas in the Houston area this July 4th morning. Above, the sights and sounds of Bellaire’s Independence Day Parade.

From the flag windshield wipers on Bellaire Fire and Rescue’s truck to the end, the theme was America’s Super Heroes. The parade on Bellaire Boulevard and South Rice Avenue near the Town Square and Loftin Park brought out several hundred people and families. Many were dressed in red, white and blue to celebrate America’s independence and freedom. Candy was flying in the air– tossed from the parade groups to the children and parents.

“Happy July Fourth!” shouted children in the crowd and people in the parade.

Bellaire’s July 4th parade visitors say the event has grown and become a popular holiday tradition over the years.  What was once was over in 5-10 minutes, this year’s parade lasted nearly 30 minutes long.

The family-friendly parade included the Bellaire Police Chief Byron Holloway in an antique squad car, Bellaire and Houston officials, including Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, political candidates of the Democratic Party, Bellaire Fire and Rescue,  the Bellaire Historical Society, the Bellaire Public Library, businesses and community groups of all ages, faiths and interests.

With sizzling, steamy temperatures forecast today, the group from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Bellaire Emergency Room with a life-size Spider Man balloon on it’s ambulance truck hood–passed out packets of sunscreen. The Muslims for Peace handed and tossed out cold bottles of water from its truck float along the parade route.  Comic Super Hero  Spider Man also walked the parade route.

There wasn’t much cleanup for the city’s public works crews because children and parents scooped up most of the candy and some beads from the parade.

The parade was followed by a July 4th Festival at Bellaire Town Square and Loftin Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.  The festival with carnival games, rides, a petting zoo and more was free and open to the public.

—Carol Lim

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July 4th Patriotic Tribute

Happy and Safe Fourth of July!  Above, “Stars and Stripes” performed by Houston’s First Baptist Church at the 610 Loop campus this Sunday morning between worship services to celebrate America’s independence, birthday and freedom.

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Bank of America Aggravated Robbery

Another reminder to watch who follows you after a bank or ATM visit.  A Garda armored truck was the target of a robbery at the Bank of America in the 6700 block of Stella Link in West University this morning.  West University Police were called to a robbery in progress at the bank around 9: 30  a.m. Police say the armored driver was taking a money bag when 2 suspects attacked him from behind. Police say the suspects were armed with guns and gone when they arrived  The robbers fled in a gray SUV heading west on Bellaire Boulevard.

If you have any information in finding or identifying the suspects and the get-a-way vehicle, West University Police say to contact the FBI Task Force at 713-693-5000, the West University Place Police Department at 713-668-0330 or email police at crime@westutx.gov.  Anonymous tips are welcome.

Last Friday afternoon, a mother and her 9-year-old son were robbed by an armed suspect in the parking lot of Bellaire United Methodist Church.  KTRK-TV reports the robbery suspect or suspects followed the woman to the church after she cashed a check from the Bank of America at Kirby and Bissonnet. If you have information leading to the suspect or suspects’ arrest, contact the Bellaire Police Department at 713-662-8123.


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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.


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.


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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