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LIVE BLOG: Power outage reported in east Austin near Mueller area

Top video courtesy of Max Milam

CENTRAL TEXAS (KXAN) — Severe thunderstorms developed over the Hill Country Friday afternoon, dropping hail in the Hill Country and especially the Lake Buchanan area.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in place for much of the viewing area through 2 a.m.

This live blog will be updated throughout the evening with the latest warnings and viewer-submitted videos and photos.

7:15 p.m.

Austin Energy is working to repair an outage in the Mueller area that’s affecting more than 2,500 customers. The area is encompassed by Airport Boulevard, I-35 and Manor Road.

Tennis ball-sized hail was reported in the Jarrell area. A 60 mile per hour wind gust was observed at the Austin airport.

7 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning, including Austin, Round Rock and Pflugerville, in effect through 8 p.m.

Deborah Eubank sent in this video of her fence blown over.

6:13 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for parts of Burnet, Travis and Williamson Counties through 7:15 p.m., including Austin, Round Rock and Cedar Park.

6 p.m.

Below is a view of storm clouds approaching the Hoover Valley area, which is west of the City of Burnet.

Storm clouds approaching the Hoover Valley area west of the City of Burnet (Courtesy: Karen Eaton)
Storm clouds approaching the Hoover Valley area west of the City of Burnet (Courtesy: Karen Eaton)

This image shows hail at Buchanan Lake Village.

Quarter to golf ball-sized hail at Buchanan Lake Village (Courtesy Jason Koch)
Quarter to golf ball-sized hail at Buchanan Lake Village (Courtesy Jason Koch)

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for parts of Llano County, including the City of Llano through 6:30 p.m.

5:28 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for parts of Llano and Burnet Counties, including Marble Falls, Burnet and Buchanan Dam through 6:30 p.m.

5:18 p.m.

Viewer Max Milam sent in this video of hail hitting the water on Lake Buchanan in the Peninsula area.

5:11 p.m.

Chief Meteorologist David Yeomans said up to baseball-sized hail was expected with a storm between Tow and Bluffton. That storm is headed toward Burnet and Gandy.

Author: Jaclyn Ramkissoon
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MISSING: 85-year-old man last seen Wednesday in east Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Authorities need your help to find a missing 85-year-old man last seen earlier this week in east Houston.

Ismael Casilla was last seen Wednesday around 6 p.m. in the 4400 block of Dallas Street.

85-year-old man

Casilla is a Hispanic man, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has white hair and brown eyes.

Casilla was last seen wearing a red shirt and brown shorts.

If you have any information about Larkins’ disappearance, call the Houston Police Department Missing Persons Unit at 832-394-1840.

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Biden Faces New Challenges in Middle East After Cease-Fire

WASHINGTON —  As a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas came together late Thursday afternoon, White House officials who helped to mediate the agreement were divided over a crucial next step: Should President Biden make a public announcement?

The downside was that the planned halt in fighting, set to take effect at 7 p.m. Washington time, could fall apart, burning the president. The upside was twofold: presenting him as a peacemaker and publicly locking in the two sides, making it less likely that either one would shatter the plan with a last-moment strike.

Mr. Biden went ahead, making brief remarks about an hour before the cease-fire took effect in which he implicitly struck back at critics who had accused him of doing too little to bring the fighting to a swifter conclusion by boasting of his administration’s “intense diplomatic engagement” behind the scenes. The gamble paid off, as the agreement held and the cease-fire went into effect that night.

But now, having become the latest American president to walk the high-wire of mediating the long-running conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, Mr. Biden faces more challenges and risks ahead.

White House officials are debating how to recalibrate their approach, hoping to avoid another crisis that would further divert Mr. Biden’s attention from his top foreign policy priorities: China, Russia and restoring the Iran nuclear deal. In a reminder of Mr. Biden’s more expansive agenda, he met at the White House on Friday with South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, to discuss matters including Beijing’s growing power and North Korea’s nuclear program.

In the short term, Mr. Biden is taking steps to increase American engagement. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will visit the region early next week, and the State Department is dispatching a veteran diplomat, Michael Ratney, to lead the United States embassy in Jerusalem until Mr. Biden settles on his pick for the vacant ambassador post there, according to a person briefed on the plan.

It is unclear when Mr. Biden might select his ambassador, a task that several regional experts called urgent. Two people in touch with the White House on Israel affairs said they expected Mr. Biden to choose Thomas R. Nides, who served as a deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration. But the process of nominating and confirming someone to the post could take months.

Administration officials also plan to reopen a consulate in Jerusalem that had been Washington’s main point of contact with the Palestinians until it was merged into the U.S. embassy, which was relocated to Jerusalem under President Donald J. Trump, prompting Palestinian officials to refuse to do business there.

“The consulate used to be our eyes on the ground with the Palestinians in a moment of crisis. The Trump administration blinded the U.S. government by eliminating it, and it hurt the U.S. response in the lead up to this crisis,” said Ilan Goldenberg, a former Obama administration official who is now director of the Middle East Security program at the Center for a New American Security.

“The Biden administration had been working to reopen it. I now expect that effort to accelerate and have a much higher priority,” he added.

Mr. Ratney, a former deputy assistant secretary of state for Israeli and Palestinian affairs, served as the consul general in Jerusalem during the Obama administration, and could act as Washington’s conduit to the Palestinians in the meantime.

More broadly, Biden officials are weighing what approaches to take to de-escalating the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. They have reached an early consensus on leading an international humanitarian effort for Gaza, one that Mr. Biden said on Thursday would be led by the Palestinian Authority, not the militants of Hamas, who currently rule the cramped Palestinian territory. In a Friday news conference with Mr. Moon, Mr. Biden added that it would be done “without providing Hamas the opportunity to rebuild their weapons systems.”

Administration officials hope to empower the more moderate Palestinian Authority, which they consider the only plausible partner for peace with the Israelis. The United States considers Hamas a terrorist organization.

The White House is also bracing for a new test of the relationship with Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, when it comes to its efforts to restore the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which Mr. Netanyahu and many other Israeli leaders strongly oppose as a threat to Israel’s security.

“Israel and the United States are going to have big things to work out, in particular Iran,” said Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. “Both men needed to maintain a working relationship so that if and when the Iran situation moved to the front burner they would be able to work together.”

The White House has promoted the administration’s role in brokering the cease-fire, and Mr. Biden’s careful management of Mr. Netanyahu, whose hold on his own job remains tenuous amid a political deadlock in Israel.

Throughout the diplomatic effort, Mr. Biden acknowledged Israel’s right to retaliate against Hamas’s rocket attacks after recent Jewish-Arab clashes within Israel. The president only increased pressure after more than a week of fighting, by which time, analysts said, the Israeli military was close to completing its military objectives.

“About 90 percent of the reason for the cease-fire is that both Hamas and the government of Israel determined that prolonging the conflict didn’t serve their interests,” said Mr. Haass. “This was a cease-fire that essentially was ready to happen.”

By some accounts, Mr. Biden was more influential, and at minimum avoided politically tempting actions that could have made matters worse. His tactic was to avoid public condemnation of Israel’s bombing of Gaza — or even a public call for a cease-fire — in order to build up capital with Mr. Netanyahu and then exert pressure in private at the right time, according to two people familiar with the administration’s internal debates.

“How does this end?” Mr. Biden pressed Mr. Netanyahu.

There is no question that, when diplomacy reached a key moment, Mr. Biden’s team played an important role in mediating the cease-fire.

At one point Thursday afternoon in the offices of the National Security Council, Jake Sullivan, Mr. Biden’s national security adviser, was on the phone with his Israeli counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat, while Brett H. McGurk, the council’s top official for Middle East affairs, was speaking with a senior official in Egypt’s government, which served as the U.S. intermediary with Hamas.

Both the Israelis and Hamas were seeking assurances from the other side that neither would launch a last-second attack before a cease-fire in an effort to claim a late victory. Mr. Sullivan and Mr. McGurk, still both on the line, passed messages between Jerusalem and Cairo in real time.

While such efforts paint a picture of a United States re-engaged in multilateral, peacemaking diplomacy, they were also a diversion from Mr. Biden’s many other priorities.

In an analysis for the Brookings Institution published on Friday, Tamara Cofman Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, warned that administration officials would need to spend more time on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The White House, Ms. Wittes wrote, “needs to recognize that, while it would prefer the senior-level U.S.-Israeli conversation to focus on Iran and security cooperation, the president, national security adviser, and other national security principals will also have to devote time and attention to this issue if they want to avoid a continued slide that derails other priority regional goals.”

Administration officials have given no indication that they will change course and name an envoy charged with restarting an Israeli-Palestinian peace process in pursuit of a two-state solution, an outcome widely viewed as almost hopelessly beyond reach for now.

But on Friday, Mr. Biden affirmed that as his long-term goal, saying, “we still need a two-state solution. It is the only answer. The only answer.”

Author: Michael Crowley and Annie Karni
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Channel 5 is looking for 'nightmare neighbours' in East Yorkshire

They can make lives an absolute misery and now people who have suffered nightmare neighbours are wanted to feature in a new television series.

Now Channel 5’s The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door is seeking people in East Yorkshire who have a harrowing or dramatic take to tell about those that have lived next door to them.

The programme is now in its eighth series and it needs some more people to tell tales on their neighbours.

From rows over fencing to full-blown fistfights, Nightmare Neighbours has seen it all and is the perfect show to air your grievances if all other avenues have failed.

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The show, which has been in production since 2014, has showcased some of the worst in neighbourly disputes in the country and there are always more out there.

Each hour-long episode usually features four neighbours from around the country, delving into the details surrounding the feud.

Avalon Factual, the production company behind the hit Channel 5 show, are always on the lookout for more people to tell their story.

So drop an email to [email protected] if you would like to be considered for the new series.

Author: [email protected] (James Campbell)
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US gasoline prices stuck at 7-Year highs as East Coast fuel shortages continue

Gasoline prices remained elevated, with many stations staying shut despite the restart of operations at the Colonial Pipeline network following the May 7 cyberattack.

Reuters reports prices were at the highest in seven years, and almost 11,670 gas stations remained closed on Monday, according to data from GasBuddy. The latest data from the company shows a decline in that number, to 11,217 stations.

GasBuddy’s Patrick De Haan also said that as of 9 pm on Monday, 73 percent of fuel stations in Washington DC were still out of gasoline—the nation’s capital was the hardest hit by fuel shortages, with close to 90 percent of stations out of fuel at the end of last week.
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A ransomware attack shut down the Colonial Pipeline network on May 7, cutting off some 45 percent of gasoline and diesel supply for the East Coast and prompting government agencies to scramble for alternative methods of transportation and granting temporary waivers from legislative restrictions for the transportation of fuels such as the Jones Act, which prohibits foreign-flagged vessels from moving between US ports.

At the same time, the shutdown prompted thousands to make a run on gas stations in most of the East Coast, despite calls against panic buying. This led to some thousand stations warning that they were running out of gasoline and diesel last week. According to Energy Secretary Granholm, rural areas in the Southeast were likely to start receiving fuels at a normal rate by last weekend. The panic buying spree sent the national US average gasoline price above $ 3 per gallon for the first time since 2014.

“The Southeast will continue to experience tight supply this week as terminals and gas stations are refueled,” an AAA spokeswoman said, as quoted by Reuters. “Over the weekend, gas prices started to stabilize, but are expected to fluctuate in the lead up to Memorial Day weekend.”

This article was originally published on Oilprice.com

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Great British Sewing Bee journey over for East Yorkshire’s Cathryn

A cloud fell over The Great British Sewing Bee last night as East Yorkshire’s former dinner lady and amateur stitcher Cathryn Tosler-Waudby, described by the BBC One show’s crew as a ray of sunshine, left the sewing room for good.

After being placed sixth out of the nine remaining contestants in the first pattern challenge of international week, to create a traditional French Breton top, and then eighth in the transformation round, Cathryn had all on to impress judges Esme Young and Patrick Grant with her made-to-measure garment.

But the fun-loving competitor’s “From Russia With Love” shift dress failed to make the grade, even though Esme was pleased with the French seams Cathryn had carefully sewn.

Both judges could not overlook the fact that Cathryn had tried to disguise a seam sewn the wrong way out on one of the sleeves with a strip of fabric, or that the overlay of lace fabric obscured the Russian doll fabric of the dress underneath.

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East Yorkshire contestants Andrew Aspland and Cathryn Tosler-Waudby battle it out for the pick of fabrics in the haberdashery
East Yorkshire contestants Andrew Aspland and Cathryn Tosler-Waudby battle it out for the pick of fabrics in the haberdashery

Patrick said: “I am very, very sad to be sending Cathryn home, but I think between some silly mistakes and just a little lack of ambition, sadly, it is her time to leave.”

Cathryn said she totally agreed with the judges, her concluding remarks on the show being: “Sewing is a very solitary hobby, we have all been locked down for so long haven’t we, so it was like being let out and then being able to share and amongst such talented people, it was amazing.”

Earlier in the show, Cathryn had trouble matching the stripes on her Breton top and also accidentally snagged the fabric with the overlocker machine, making holes in the garment, telling show host Joe Lycett she had made “a bit of a boo-boo”.

The transformation challenge, to turn two sarongs into a garment for any age or gender, saw Cathryn initially aim for some trousers, with Joe enquiring if they were for Peter Crouch as they were so long.

But Cathryn reworked her idea into a dress instead, which led the judges to comment that it was still too much like a sarong, during their appraisal.

Earlier in the series, viewers learned that Cathryn enjoyed a bit of grime music and her allotment, when she was not sewing.

Still flying the flag for the East Riding in the show is Hull maths teacher, Andrew Aspland, who has survived for week five, which will be children’s week.

Andrew said he had been looking forward to international week because there would be so much colour.

Cathryn Tosler-Waudby, centre, learns she is to depart The Great British Sewing Bee after week four
Cathryn Tosler-Waudby, centre, learns she is to depart The Great British Sewing Bee after week four

“I’ve never made anything international, really, it will be a bit of an adventure,” he said.

He was pleased with the fabric he chose for the three-hour pattern challenge – “it is screaming French at me” – and came second in the transformation round with only 90 minutes to complete his ambitious collared shirt.

“This is a sprint, but a shirt without a collar isn’t a shirt, is it?” he said. “I hope Patrick doesn’t look at the collar points too closely.”

But Andrew need not have worried because Savile Row’s Patrick thought it was “a terrific, completely radical transformation” that earned Andrew third place.

In the made-to-measure round, with the stitchers inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, Andrew rushed to complete his skirt and top leaving Patrick to judge the overall effect “really untidy”.

Author: [email protected] (Deborah Hall)
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Austin Police, SWAT responding to situation in east Austin off Wickersham Lane

AUSTIN (Austin Business Journal) — It’s no secret that Austin has been growing at a rapid pace in recent years as companies and people flock to the region. But recently released data shows Austin was again the fastest-growing big metro last year, marking a full decade atop the leaderboard for major U.S. metros.

The population in the five-county Austin metro jumped to an estimated 2,295,303 people as of July 1, 2020, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released May 4. That was an increase of 3% from the prior year, the fastest population growth among metros with at least 1 million people.

Author: Jaclyn Ramkissoon
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Boil water notice remains for east Houston neighborhoods after water line break

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A boil water notice issued for neighborhoods on the east side of Houston continued Sunday after a water line broke in the area late last week.

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Many residents on the east side have been without water since early Friday morning.

“On Friday we were told the water would be on by six at night, and it wasn’t. Saturday we woke up, we were told that it would be on by four in the afternoon, and it still wasn’t,” said Laurie Roberts.

Concerns began to grow amongst families who feel there has been a lack of communication from the city.

“The day it’s a main water break, and my main concern is for the elderly because my parents are elderly,” said David Kingsberry, as he unloaded cases of water for his parents outside of their home.

The City of Houston’s public works spokesperson said Sunday that they dealt with some complications while trying to find the point of the break. They assured that crews have been working around the clock to repair the main.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner provided an update on Twitter, writing that the entire line has to be replaced and apologized to residents for the delay.

According to officials, the water pressure reportedly dropped lower than the required 20 PSI minimum. Residents are being asked not to drink the water and to boil it for at least two minutes before using.

Here’s some additional information to note about boil water notices.

A boil water advisory can be issued under a number of circumstances from natural disasters, like in the aftermath of hurricanes and winter storms, to sudden emergencies like a water main break.

The notices are issued when an area’s water is, or could be, contaminated with bacteria that could make you sick.

Boiling kills disease-causing organisms, including viruses, bacteria and parasites.You’ll want to boil water before you do anything that involves human consumption, such as drinking, cooking, and brushing your teeth.

The following information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here are some common questions and answers about boil water advisories.

What should I do if a boil water advisory is in effect?

If you have bottled water available for drinking and to prepare and cook food, you can use that. But if bottled water isn’t available, it’s advised you:

  • Bring water to a full rolling boil for 1 minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for three minutes)
  • Allow the water to cool before use
  • Boil tap water, even if it is filtered
  • Don’t use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator
  • Breastfeeding is the best infant feeding option. If you formula feed your child, provide ready-to-use formula, if that’s available

Note that many cities and communities surrounding the Houston area said you can boil the water for at least two minutes.

SEE ALSO: Boil orders in effect for much of the Houston area

Is it safe to brush my teeth?

Only brush teeth with boiled or bottled water. Do not use untreated tap water.

What about hand washing under a boil water notice?

  • In many situations, you can use tap water and soap to wash your hands. Still, follow the guidance of your local health officials.
  • Make sure you scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Rinse hands well under running water.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Is it safe to bathe and shower?

You can use the water for bathing and showering, but you must be careful not to swallow it. Use extra caution when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving them a sponge bath instead.

Can I wash dishes and laundry under a boil order?

According to the CDC, it is safe to wash clothes as usual. But you’ll need to follow a few more guidelines for dishes.

  • If possible, use disposable plates, cups, and utensils during a boil water advisory
  • Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65.55 degrees Celcius), or if the dishwasher has a sanitizing cycle

What if I need to clean?

Use bottled water, boiled water, or water that has been disinfected with bleach to clean washable toys and surfaces.

Follow these CDC guidelines carefully as it relates to using bleach.

How do I care for my pets under a boil order?

Provide bottled or boiled water after it has been cooled for pets. Why? Because they can get sick by some of the same germs as people or pets can even spread germs to people.

You’ll need to follow the order until your local health or city officials have deemed it safe to end it and resume consumption.

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Man charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting girl in South East London

Author: Ellie Cambridge
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A MAN has been charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a girl in Welling.

Matthew Cole is accused of abducting the child in South East London last Friday.

A man has been charged after the kidnap and sexual assault of a girl in Welling

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A man has been charged after the kidnap and sexual assault of a girl in WellingCredit: Google

The 38-year-old has been charged with two counts of sexual assault on a child and two counts of child abduction.

He is set to appear later today at Bromley Magistrates’ Court.

Cole was arrested and charged following the sexual assault of a girl near Maxwell Road, Welling on April 23.

Cops launched a probe and took him into custody yesterday.

An East Texas doctor is on a mission to vaccinate her community against COVID-19

Author: Alana Rocha, Todd Wiseman and Justin Dehn
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