Hurricanes

Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune

Lawmakers Pledge Support for Hurricane Plan

Meeting for only the second time in two years, a panel of Texas lawmakers pledged financial and political support to efforts at developing a plan to protect the Houston-Galveston region from a devastating storm surge.

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Hell and High Water: Houston's Perfect Storm

Houston is the nation's fourth-largest city and home to the largest refining and petrochemical complex in the United States. But many worry it's a sitting duck when the next big hurricane comes. This multimedia project, done in partnership with ProPublica, looks at the dangers for the region.

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The Beaumont Enterprise

Road From Rita

Check out our seven-part series done in partnership with The Texas Tribune and the Beaumont Enterprise on the "Road From Rita."

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Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.

Researchers: Texas Not Ready for Next Hurricane

Five years after Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast, researchers suggest the region may actually be more vulnerable to future storms than it was before, as its population and industry continue to grow without new safeguards.

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Audrey White

Galveston Public Housing Plan Moves Forward

After months of back-and-forth with the General Land Office over the rebuilding of public housing units demolished after Hurricane Ike, the Galveston City Council voted Wednesday to adhere to terms set by the land office.

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Illustration by Mel Rick / TXDOT

State's Readiness for Hurricane Season Touted

The 2012 hurricane season is here. TxDOT officials point to recent drills and expanded social media efforts as evidence that they are better prepared to help Texans with potential mass evacuations.

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Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.

TWIA Committee Recommends Staggered Premium Rates

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association could be raising premium rates soon — and for the time first, adjusting policyholder premiums depending on the likelihood of severe storm damage or hurricanes in specific areas.

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Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.

Gone With the Wind?

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association offers homeowners along the Texas coast their only coverage against potential hurricanes. But some lawmakers say the pool is paying out too much — and they want to limit what sort of coverage it offers in the future.

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