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We found dozens upon dozens of photos taken and contributed during and immediately after Hurricane Harvey decimated the Crossroads. From devastating damage to area homes to hopeful moments shared by residents, Advocate photojournalists documented the disaster for days and weeks.

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A wind-driven fire in the middle of a monster hurricane sounds like an apocalyptic story. Fire. Wind. Whipping rain. All of this happened at once for Victoria firefighters five years ago during Hurricane Harvey.

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Hurricane season starts June 1. Victoria County Emergency Management Coordinator Rich McBrayer said it was better for people to pick up items they'll need with each visit to the store, rather than waiting until the last minute.

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Emergency management officials and first responders from across the Crossroads gathered Thursday at the Victoria Community Center for the 2022 Mid Coast Hurricane and Disaster Conference. There they would hear how the state is providing additional resources to local emergency management officials to better prepare them for the next disaster.

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By Friday afternoon, a tropical disturbance in the southeast Gulf of Mexico had strengthened into Hurricane Ida as it approached Cuba and headed north, but the odds of the storm veering toward Victoria were “very slim,” one meteorologist said.

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Many Crossroads cancellations and closures have been announced for Tuesday because of Tropical Storm Beta. To add your organization’s changes to the list, email deliverydesk@vicad.com.

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CORPUS CHRISTI, (AP) — From the Rio Grande Valley to San Antonio to her current home in Cuero, Jeanette Smith has witnessed hurricanes over the decades but thinks 2020 has something big in store.

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PORT LAVACA – The Indianola Fishing Marina received severe damage after floodwaters caused an electrical fire that burned the building’s roof and bait room as Hurricane Hanna made landfall on Saturday.

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