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Hurricane Beryl Strikes Texas Coast, Bringing Dangerous Storm Surges, Flash Flooding

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Last Updated on July 8, 2024 by Fellow Press

Early Monday, Hurricane Beryl made landfall on the Texas coast after intensifying over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico overnight. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned of hazardous storm surges and flash flooding.

The storm’s eye reached Matagorda Bay, located between Corpus Christi and Galveston, at approximately 5 a.m. ET, confirmed by an NHC update.

Beryl’s renewed strength included sustained winds of 80 mph and a significant storm surge, posing a life-threatening risk, according to the NHC. A hurricane warning is in effect for the Matagorda Bay area, stretching from Mesquite Bay to Port Bolivar.

“This is a life-threatening situation. Individuals in these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and other dangerous conditions,” the NHC stated.

The storm is expected to weaken quickly, transitioning to a tropical storm as it moves north through eastern Texas over the next 12 hours.

Coastal regions from Corpus Christi to the Louisiana state line could see storm surges of up to 7 feet in normally dry areas. Additionally, the storm could bring up to 10 inches of rain in some locations along the Texas Gulf Coast.

In preparation, Texas state troopers have been filling sandbags in south Texas, where homes are boarded up. As of late Sunday, 121 counties in Texas were under state disaster declarations due to anticipated severe damage, according to Acting Governor Dan Patrick’s office.

The Houston Independent School District announced the closure of all its campuses on Monday and Tuesday in response to the storm.

Forecasters also indicated the possibility of a few tornadoes along the coast, with the risk extending to east Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas on Monday.

Surfline reported waves reaching 8 to 10 feet in Galveston on Sunday night, creating dangerous conditions. The NHC cautioned about “life-threatening surf and rip current conditions” along the Gulf Coast for the next few days.

Beryl’s path began northwest across the Caribbean, sometimes reaching Category 5 intensity, before entering the Gulf of Mexico. After hitting the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico and weakening, the storm regained strength from the Gulf’s warm waters and headed north towards Texas.

At 11 p.m. CT on Sunday, the NHC noted that data from National Weather Service doppler radar and reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter confirmed the storm’s maximum sustained winds had increased to nearly 75 mph, upgrading Beryl from a tropical storm to a hurricane. These winds strengthened to 80 mph as the storm approached landfall.

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Vice President Trump, President Putin Of Ukraine – Biden Goofs At NATO Summit

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Last Updated on July 12, 2024 by Fellow Press

U.S. President Joe Biden had a series of verbal slip-ups on Thursday alongside the NATO summit in Washington, an unfortunate development for the 81-year-old as he tries to move past concerns that he is too old to run for re-election.

Verbal gaffes are not unusual in the long political career of Biden, who overcame a childhood stutter, but there is closer attention on him amid the fallout from his dismal debate performance against Republican candidate Donald Trump last month.

Trump, who is 78, and also has faced concerns about his age, frequently made false claims during the debate and often rambles during campaign speeches.

Below is a summary of Biden’s mistakes on Thursday.

BIDEN MISTAKENLY CALLS ZELENSKIY ‘PUTIN’

Biden mistakenly referred to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as “President Putin”.

“And now I want to hand it over to the president of Ukraine, who has as much courage as he has determination, ladies and gentlemen, President Putin,” Biden said at the NATO summit, drawing gasps from those in the room.

“Going to beat President Putin, President Zelenskiy. I am so focused on beating Putin,” Biden said while correcting himself.

BIDEN MISTAKENLY REFERS TO HARRIS AS TRUMP
During a news conference on Thursday evening, Biden mixed up the name of his vice president, Kamala Harris, and his rival Trump.

“Look, I wouldn’t have picked Vice President Trump to be vice president if she was not qualified to be president. So start there,” Biden said as he responded to a question from Reuters about his confidence in Harris.

BIDEN FUMBLES ‘CHIEFS OF STAFF’
Biden also struggled at the news conference to find the words “chiefs of staff,” mistakenly referring to the group of the country’s top uniformed military leaders as “commander in chief,” the title he holds as president.

“And so our military is working on following the advice of my commander in chief my, my, my, the chiefs of staff, of the military as well as the secretary of defense and our intelligence people.”

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Suspect Located in Triple Crossbow Killings in Bushey

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Last Updated on July 10, 2024 by Fellow Press

Kyle Clifford Found in North London Manhunt Following Deaths of Three Women

A manhunt for Kyle Clifford, 26, who was wanted in connection with the murder of three women in a suspected crossbow attack, has concluded with his capture in north London, police have confirmed. Clifford, a former British Army serviceman, was identified by Hertfordshire police as a suspect in the deaths of Carol Hunt, 61, and her daughters, Hannah, 28, and Louise, 25, at their home in Bushey.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson of Hertfordshire police revealed that the murders appeared to be “targeted.” Clifford was discovered with injuries and is now receiving medical treatment, though no shots were fired during his apprehension.

The search for Clifford led police to Lavender Hill Cemetery, 16 miles from the crime scene, where a significant police presence was observed. Paramedics and ambulances were also on site near a property searched earlier in the day as part of the manhunt.

Police believe Clifford was known to the victims, and no other suspects are being sought. Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit described the situation as “an incredibly difficult time” for the victims’ family, urging respect for their privacy.

“This investigation is moving at pace, and formal identification of the victims is yet to take place,” DI Jenkins stated. “Following extensive enquiries, the suspect has been located, and nobody else is being sought in connection with the investigation at this time. We have had an overwhelming number of calls and would like to express our gratitude to the members of the public who have contacted us.”

Detectives are appealing for any additional information or video footage related to the case.

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