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Governor Abbott Orders Increased Readiness Of State Operations Center As Storm System Moves Across Texas

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as a severe storm system moves across the state this week. Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as a severe storm system moves across the state this week. The SOC will increase its readiness level from level IV (normal conditions) to level III (increased readiness) beginning at 12 p.m. today. Additionally, Governor Abbott has made state resources available to assist local leaders in the impacted communities.

“The potential dangers and disastrous effects of flooding cannot be overstated, and Texas is taking action to ensure the safety of our communities,” said Governor Abbott. “I continue to urge all Texans to heed all emergency warnings from local officials and stay alert to changing weather and road conditions. I’d also like to offer my thanks to the brave first responders protecting Texans when disasters strike, and I want those in affected communities to know that we stand ready to provide any necessary resources to respond to these threats.”

State and partner agencies engaged in this effort include:

  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, ESF-9 (TX-TF 1)
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Texas Military Department
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • American Red Cross
  • State Mass Care

Current forecasts indicate heavy rainfall and flash flooding, and a potential for river flooding, damaging winds and tornadoes across the state this week. Rising and moving water can threaten not only drivers on the roadways, but people on foot as well as those outdoors near recreational waterways impacted by significant rainfall.

Texans are encouraged to follow these safety tips:

  • When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.
  • Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water.
  • Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection. Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/water/tadd/).
  • Dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground.
  • Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.
  • Stay informed by monitoring weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather in your area.

For additional safety tips related to thunderstorms and flooding, see: http://dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/weather_aware_severe.htm.

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Source:: Office of the Governor

      

"Twilight" returning to theaters for 10th anniversary

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By Andrea Dresdale

Summit Entertainment/Fathom Events(HOLLYWOOD) — It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since Twilight, the blockbuster vampire romance, first hit theaters. In celebration of the milestone, the original 2008 movie is returning to theaters for a special two-night event.

The screenings, on October 21 and 23, will feature an introduction from director Catherine Hardwicke, as well as an exclusive sneak peek of a brand-new special feature, Twilight Tour…10 Years Later. Fans who attend will also receive a commemorative poster.

Twilight — starring Kristin Stewart as Bella Swan, who meets Robert Pattinson’s mysterious Edward Cullen — became one of the highest-grossing female-directed films of all time. The film and its four sequels, collectively known as the Twilight Saga, grossed over $3 billion globally.

The soundtracks to the Twilight saga were also wildly successful. Bruno Mars’ “It Will Rain,” from the soundtrack of Breaking Dawn — Part 1, was a top 3 hit, while another track from the same soundtrack, Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years,” was a top 40 hit and went on to sell seven million copies.

Ticket info and theater locations are available on the Fathom Events website.

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President Claire Underwood is under fire but defiant in new "House of Cards" trailer

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By Andrea Dresdale

Courtesy Netflix(HOLLYWOOD) — The U.S. hasn’t had a female president, but if we did, she might go through what Claire Underwood goes through in the trailer for the new season of Netflix’s House of Cards.

In the two-minutes-plus trailer, Robin Wright’s Claire, who’s taken over running the country from her husband, Kevin Spacey’s President Frank Underwood, is seemingly analyzed, belittled, threatened, criticized and bashed by everyone, including the media, religious figures, White House denizens and her own staff. But she’s not having it.

“I’m not going to be told what to do anymore, Doug — not by you or any man, ever again,” a defiant Claire says to Michael Kelly’s Doug Stamper.

House of Cards returns November 2. This will be the final season of the acclaimed series, following the ouster of Kevin Spacey in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct. We know his character is dead, but we don’t yet know how he kicked the bucket.

In addition to Wright, the cast of House of Cards includes Diane Lane, Greg Kinnear, Cody Fern, Patricia Clarkson, Constance Zimmer, Campbell Scott and more.

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Source:: Entertainment News

      

James Corden to host, Drew Barrymore, RuPaul and Faith Hill to judge new talent show, "The World's Best"

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By Andrea Dresdale

Monty Brinton/CBSWhile the question of whether we actually need yet another reality competition show remains to be seen, CBS is throwing its hat in the ring with its latest entry into the genre.

The World’s Best will be hosted by James Corden, and feature a judging panel made up of Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles and country superstar Faith Hill. The show is being produced by Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell, who collectively have brought you Survivor, The Voice and American Idol.

The 10-episode series will premiere next year, and it will feature acts of all talents, from all over the world. In addition to impressing the judges, the contestants must also impress the “wall of the world”: 50 experts from around the world, from every field of entertainment, who will also have a say in who advances. Only one act will, of course, be judged to be The World’s Best.

In a statement, Darnell said, “The very name of the show defined the caliber of judges we sought out and ultimately got. Drew, RuPaul and Faith are incredibly accomplished superstars whose talents encompass every area of entertainment. Along with James, The World’s Best will now be the gold standard of competition shows.”

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Source:: Entertainment News

      

Hurricane Michael: Heading toward Florida, could be Category 3 at landfall

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By LL

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Michael was upgraded from a tropical storm as it churns in the Gulf and is forecast to become a major Category 3 storm when it makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle later this week.

Already a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, Michael is traveling north at a rate of 7 miles per hour.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has now declared a state of emergency in 35 counties ahead of Michael’s predicted landfall on Wednesday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has mobilized resources from the federal government to assist with the preparation.

“The Panhandle and Big Bend could see winds in excess of 100 mph,” Scott said at a briefing Sunday evening. “Remember, this storm could grow stronger and be a Category 3 hitting our state. This storm will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous.”

Mandatory evacuations were ordered in parts of Panama City Beach starting Tuesday morning.

The National Hurricane Center announced the upgrade from a tropical storm at 11 a.m. Monday, making it the seventh named hurricane of the year.

Michael is currently located 20 miles west of Cuba.

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting storm surge between 7 and 11 feet in certain areas, Scott said Monday. The NHS warned of a “risk of “life-threatening storm surge.”

A hurricane watch has been issued for north Florida and a tropical storm watch has been issued for parts of the western coast of Florida, including Tampa.

A tropical storm watch has also been issued for the Alabama coast, including Mobile.

The storm will move further inland later in the week and bring rain and wind to Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The Carolinas and Virginia were blasted by Hurricane Florence last month, which dumped more than 2 feet of rain in some locations and caused record flooding.

The Coast Guard is now urging boat owners to prepare ahead of the storm by either moving their boats out of the water or to an inland marina.

“Early preparations are key to keeping you, your boat and maritime responders safe,” said Capt. Holly Najarian, the commander for Coast Guard sector St. Petersburg.

Oil giant BP announced Monday that it was closing four of its operated platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

“With forecasts indicating that the storm will strengthen as it moves into the northern Gulf of Mexico, BP is in the process of evacuating personnel,” the company said in a statement.

Florida State University is taking early steps as well, closing its campuses in Tallahassee and Panama City. Campus housing and dining facilities will still be open for those students who are not evacuating.

“Students are encouraged to discuss possible travel plans with family and friends,” the school warned in a news release.

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Source:: National News

      

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