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Hurricane Harvey evacuees haven't forgotten about their pets

As thousands of people are displaced by rising waters in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, they are bringing small amounts of personal belongings to area shelters. But evacuees are not leaving their furry friends behind.

>> Good boy: Dog carrying bag of food through Hurricane Harvey goes viral

“It seems like everyone coming off a boat is carrying a dog or cat,” said Monica Schmidt, a manager for the Houston Humane Society, according to Reuters.

>> Houston flooding: Texas records most rainfall ever in continental US (live updates)

Because many people stayed behind – and died – during Hurricane Katrina because they were fearful that they wouldn’t be able to bring their animals to shelters, this time around, authorities are welcoming the pets with open arms.

>> Hurricane Harvey: How you can help

At the George R. Brown Convention Center, where some 9,000 evacuees are currently housed, there is a separate area for people and their pets.

>> 8 tips when donating to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Not everyone has heeded the call to save pets. A woman claimed on Twitter that her neighbor in Corpus Christi left behind a dog.

And a shelter in San Antonio has taken in around 200 displaced animals, the New York Times reported.

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“Our commitment is for as long as it takes and as long as the nation needs our help,” Heber Lefgren, the department’s director, said in an interview.

Bass Pro Shops donating dozens of boats to aid Harvey rescue efforts

Bass Pro Shops announced in a press release Monday that it would donate more than 80 boats for immediate Hurricane Harvey relief.

>> Houston flooding: Texas records most rainfall ever in continental US (live updates)

The outdoor company said it was donating $40,000 in protein-rich food, such as jerky and peanuts, and more than 80 Tracker boats to assist in rescue efforts as Hurricane Harvey flooding challenges communities.

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Bass Pro Shops, which has seven stores in Texas, is also helping employees affected by the storm with the Bass Pro Care Fund, which “provides support for critical living expenses in times of devastating need.”

>> Hurricane Harvey: How you can help

The boat help comes at a critical momentFox Business reported that 3,000 people have already been rescued, and residents with boats have been recruited to help.

'Supernatural' star Jensen Ackles' brewery raising funds for Hurricane Harvey relief

The brewery from “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles – who plays Dean Winchester on the show – and his family isn’t open yet, but Family Business Beer Co. is already getting philanthropic.

>> Hurricane Harvey: How you can help

On Sunday, the Texas Hill Country beer business organized a fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey relief. People responded quickly — so quickly, in fact, that the campaign has already surpassed its $100,000 goal, raising more than $128,000 (and that number is rising at a viral level).

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“We are partnering with Random Acts to make sure 100% of this drive goes to families impacted by this tragedy,” Family Business Beer Co. wrote on the fundraising page at crowdrise.com.

>> Hurricane Harvey: Diaper bank seeking donations for storm evacuees

Random Acts is a nonprofit that, according to its mission statement, focuses on big and little acts of kindness to change the world. It’s no accident Family Business Beer chose Random Acts to help with its Harvey philanthropy: Random Acts was founded by another “Supernatural” cast member, Misha Collins, who plays the angel Castiel on the CW show.

>> Complete Harvey coverage from the Austin American-Statesman

Ackles is opening Family Business Beer Co. on Hamilton Pool Road with his family, including brother-in-law Gino Graul and wife Danneel. Heading up the brewing program is Nate Seale, formerly of Austin’s (512) Brewing. The project appears to be under construction still, despite a planned opening at the end of this summer, but will be a destination brewery with live music, outdoor games and food trucks once completed.

>> Hurricane Harvey: Celebs pledge help to those affected by storms

Family Business Beer Co.’s fundraiser will keep people updated on their “charity dollars at work.” There are a lot of causes the money could be donated to — much of Houston has flooded to catastrophic levels, with many people reeling from the loss of their homes.

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To donate, visit crowdrise.com/o/en/team/texas-flood-relief/familybusinessbeercompany.

Hurricane Harvey: Diaper bank seeking donations for storm evacuees

The Austin Diaper Bank in Texas needs your help. It needs diapers (both adult and infant), as well as wipes and diaper cream, to put together packets for people who have evacuated to Austin because of Hurricane Harvey.

>> Hurricane Harvey: How you can help

For local donors, the diaper bank warehouse bin is at 8711 Burnet Road, back of Building B, or you can go online to austindiaperbank.org to find a drop-off location. Donors outside the Austin area can have items shipped directly to the diaper bank using its Amazon Wish List. You also can donate money at www.austindiaperbank.org.

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On Monday, the diaper bank created packets and packed a truck donated by Longhorn Car and Truck Rentals with more than 3,000 diapers and wipes to take to Houston and South Texas.

>> Houston braces for more flooding after Harvey: Live Updates

“During times of disaster and catastrophe, families often have to leave their homes on a moment’s notice or do not have the ability take long-term supplies with them,” said Holly McDaniel, executive director of the Austin Diaper Bank, in a press release. “We want to make sure that an adequate supply of diapers is not a worry during these stressful times. Diapers are not supplied by disaster relief agencies, and they are essential to keep babies, children and adults clean, dry and healthy.”

>> Complete Harvey coverage from the Austin American-Statesman

McDaniel is the new executive director at the diaper bank as of last week. She has more than 15 years of experience with nonprofits in Austin and California. Previously, she was director of individual giving and philanthropy at KMFA, 89.5, the classical public radio station in Austin.

>> 8 tips when donating to Hurricane Harvey

The diaper bank expects to hit 1 million diapers donated early next year and now works with 40 local nonprofit agencies to distribute diapers throughout Central Texas. It was started in 2013 by Beverly Hamilton of Austin, who left the executive director role in June. “I really wanted the organization to grow and have the impact it could have,” she said of her decision to leave. “My goal was to get it started and get it going. It’s in good hands now.”

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Hamilton will still serve on the board of directors. She’s started a consulting firm, Small But Mighty Consulting, to help small nonprofit organizations do things that they can’t afford to hire a full-time person to do as well as executive director coaching.

WATCH: Drone video shows devastating floods in Hurricane Harvey's aftermath

Drone video sent to WHBQ in Memphis, Tennessee, shows the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. 

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A resident in Pearland, Texas, shared the video Sunday afternoon.

>> Catastrophic flooding inundating parts of Texas after Hurricane Harvey: Live Updates

Laura Malone lives in the Stonebridge neighborhood in Pearland. Pearland is just over 17 miles from downtown Houston. Her neighborhood has seen over 20 inches of rain in the last 24 hours, and more rain is expected over the next four to five days.

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WHBQ has a crew in Houston and will continue providing updates from the area when more info becomes available. 

Hurricane Harvey: City of Austin vows to try to keep power on for 'Game of Thrones' finale

Texans dealing with the storm that started out as Hurricane Harvey have more important things to worry about than TV. Then again, Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” season finale isn’t just any old TV.

>> Hurricane Harvey slams Texas before becoming tropical storm: Live updates

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The city of Austin, showing a sense of humor amid all the rain falling Saturday, took to the Austin section of Reddit to answer some storm-related questions and also offer a glimmer of hope for hardcore “Thrones” fans:

>> On Statesman.com: Complete Harvey coverage

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Dramatic videos show Colombian tourist boat sinking in deadly ferry incident

Video emerged Sunday of a multistory Colombian tourist boat with about 160 people aboard capsizing and sinking in the Guatape reservoir near Medellin.

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Ceremony marks 80th anniversary of Hindenburg disaster

Herb Morrison’s words and emotions remain powerful 80 years later.

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The Chicago radio announcer described the final moments of the Hindenburg, the German airship that burst into flames over the Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey as it began its descent on May 6, 1937. Thirty-five of the 97 people on board and one person on the ground were killed."Oh, the humanity!" Morrison said, making broadcast history as he described the disaster.

For the first time in five years, the public on Saturday night will have access to the site where the Hindenburg crashed, NJ.com reported. Observers will get a one-hour window beginning at 5:30 p.m. to visit the site, Carl Jablonski, president of the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society, told NJ.com.

A ceremony honoring the who died as a result of the crash will start at 6:30 p.m. The featured speaker at the event will be Horst Schirmer, who flew on the Hindenburg when he was 5 years old.

Schirmer's father, Max, designed the aeronautics for the airship. Schirmer, now 85, rode in the 805-foot-long zeppelin during test flights in Germany a year before the Lakehurst disaster.

Col. Frederick D. Thaden, the commander of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, and Jablonski will also offer remarks at the ceremony.

The ceremony will include a reading of the names of all 36 people who died — 13 passengers, 22 crew members, and one ground worker — and wreaths will be presented in honor of the fallen troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

An exact cause of the disaster is still unknown, although a theory is a spark ignited the blaze after a guide wire snapped.

"A small flame became a big flame," Jablonski said.

It only took 34 seconds for the flames to spread from the rear to the front of the airship, Jablonski said. 

The images of the Hindenburg going up in flames would be seen by people throughout the country. The disaster was the first ever to be captured on film and the first motion picture to go viral after the footage was distributed in newsreels and played in movie theaters all over the world, USA Today reported.

Morrison's words were not heard live, nor were they initially linked to the film shot by newsreel crews, Fox News reported.

Ron Simon, the senior curator at New York City's Paley Center for Media, says it was one of the first moments in media history that had a broadcaster reacting to something totally unexpected.

"It was one of the real moments in media history that had a broadcaster reacting to something totally unexpected," Simon told The Associated Press.

Morrison's voice was being recorded on a transcription disc as he described the airship's arrival, Simon said. The disc was running slowly, so his voice sounded higher when played back, the AP reported.

"It's burst into flames!" he shouted. "It's fire, and it's crashing!"

For about 40 minutes, Morrison described the final moments, pausing when emotions got the best of him, and interviewed witnesses. But his report wasn't heard until the next day.

Werner Doehner, 88, the last survivor from the ill-fated flight, was 8 years old when he and his parents, brother and sister boarded the Hindenburg on their way home from a vacation in Germany, People reported.

“Suddenly the air was on fire,” Doehner told the AP in a telephone interview this week.

“[M]y mother took my brother and threw him out,” Doehner said. “She grabbed me and fell back and then threw me out. She tried to get my sister, but she was too heavy, and my mother decided to get out by the time the zeppelin was nearly on the ground.”

“I remember lying on the ground, and my brother told me to get up and to get out of there,” he said.

Doehner stayed in the hospital for three months before going to a hospital in New York City in August for skin grafts and was discharged in January 1938, People reported.

75-year-old woman, son survive flying through tornado in bathtub, report says

As deadly storms slammed Southern states on Saturday, a twister reportedly tore into a home, tossing a 75-year-old woman and her son into the air as they huddled in a bathtub.

Miraculously, the pair survived.

>> Severe weather kills 19 in Georgia and Mississippi; death toll could rise

According to KSLA, Rickey Williams and his mother, Charlesletta, of Smithland, Texas, said their perilous ride began that evening after they watched a weather report about a possible tornado in the area.

"I don't know what it was is, but it started, 'Woo woo, woo,'" Charlesletta told KSLA.

>> Watch the interview with KSLA here

Williams said he and his mother hurried to the bathroom, where they took refuge in the tub just before the tornado struck their home. 

"The whole house started shaking," Williams told KSLA. "I heard, like, a 'poof,' and I knew the roof came off."

Then they were lifted into the air, spinning, Williams said.

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Moments later, when they came down, it "felt like someone placed us on the ground," Williams told KSLA.

Mary Taylor, Charlesletta's daughter, believes a higher power was at work.

"God was watching over her," Taylor said.

Read more here.

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