Spokane man, woman stranded in Texas as Harvey batters Houston - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane man, woman stranded in Texas as Harvey batters Houston

Posted: Updated:
Spokane native, Emily Bowman, got out of Houston before it was too late. She’s safe, but still stranded. Spokane native, Emily Bowman, got out of Houston before it was too late. She’s safe, but still stranded.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A Spokane man and woman are stuck in Texas as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to bring strong winds, rain and flooding to the Lone Star State.

“I’m in a very safe place compared to many others in the city,” said Simon Thompson. “It looks exactly the same outside all the time and it’s just dark.”

Thompson is stranded at a hotel in Houston.

“The hotel is surrounded by water,” said Thompson. “Until the water goes down we can’t get out of the hotel.”

Thompson works at Cravens Coffee in Spokane. He was on a business trip to Colombia to visit growers when his plane landed in Houston Saturday. His layover was only supposed to last an hour, but the storm had different plans.

“It was a smooth landing into Houston,” said Thompson. “Then the airport was eerily quite and cancelled all the flights going out.”

Thompson hasn’t been able to get on any flights due to road and airport closures. He says the earliest he might be able to return home is Thursday night.

Meanwhile, another Spokane native, Emily Bowman, got out of Houston before it was too late. She’s safe, but still stranded.

“It rained all last night,” said Bowman. “It’s a shocking sight to see because I’ve never seen anything like that before.”

Bowman was staying in Houston with family and friends before Harvey made landfall. She was supposed to fly home on Saturday, but knowing the storm was on its way, her and her family drove north to the town of Huntsville.

“It rained all last night and all the night before,” said Bowman. “The winds have been kind of picking up here and there too.”

Bowman is trying to get on a flight back to Spokane as soon as she can. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • CdA parents concerned over Zipfizz sale; school district responds

    CdA parents concerned over Zipfizz sale; school district responds

    Monday, October 22 2018 10:46 PM EDT2018-10-23 02:46:38 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Ashley Bales says her daughter came home from school one day and told her about classmates at Woodland Middle School selling something she was concerned with, Zipfizz. "With my daughter having a preexisting health conditions it got me concerned for other kids in the same position to be being sold that without their parents having knowledge of it," Bales said.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Ashley Bales says her daughter came home from school one day and told her about classmates at Woodland Middle School selling something she was concerned with, Zipfizz. "With my daughter having a preexisting health conditions it got me concerned for other kids in the same position to be being sold that without their parents having knowledge of it," Bales said.

    >>
  • Suspect from fatal hit-and-run crash in Liberty Lake arrested

    Suspect from fatal hit-and-run crash in Liberty Lake arrested

    Monday, October 22 2018 10:05 PM EDT2018-10-23 02:05:30 GMT

    LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - A suspect from a fatal hit-and-run crash in Liberty Lake last Thursday has been arrested. After the suspect vehicle was towed to the Liberty Lake Police Department, a search warrant was executed with the assistance of Washington State Patrol. Based on evidence collected, police developed probable cause to arrest 21-year-old Pavel Kanyushkin.

    >>

    LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. - A suspect from a fatal hit-and-run crash in Liberty Lake last Thursday has been arrested. After the suspect vehicle was towed to the Liberty Lake Police Department, a search warrant was executed with the assistance of Washington State Patrol. Based on evidence collected, police developed probable cause to arrest 21-year-old Pavel Kanyushkin.

    >>
  • Changes to Washington overtime rules could increase worker eligibility

    Changes to Washington overtime rules could increase worker eligibility

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 1:24 AM EDT2018-10-23 05:24:23 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Proposed changes to Washington state's overtime rules could make more professional workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay. The Spokesman-Review reports a draft concept by the state Department of Labor and Industries proposes overtime eligibility for workers earning up to $74,800 in 2019. The proposals are linked to a multiplier of the state's minimum wage, which will increase to $12 per hour next year and $13.50 per hour in 2020.   

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Proposed changes to Washington state's overtime rules could make more professional workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay. The Spokesman-Review reports a draft concept by the state Department of Labor and Industries proposes overtime eligibility for workers earning up to $74,800 in 2019. The proposals are linked to a multiplier of the state's minimum wage, which will increase to $12 per hour next year and $13.50 per hour in 2020.   

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Hurricane Willa moves inland after hitting Mexico coast

    Hurricane Willa moves inland after hitting Mexico coast

    Wednesday, October 24 2018 1:14 AM EDT2018-10-24 05:14:26 GMT

    MAZATLAN, Mexico (AP) - Hurricane Willa began losing power overnight after roaring over a stretch of beach towns, fishing villages and farms on the Pacific coast of Mexico's Sinaloa state as a Category 3 storm.

    >>

    MAZATLAN, Mexico (AP) - Hurricane Willa began losing power overnight after roaring over a stretch of beach towns, fishing villages and farms on the Pacific coast of Mexico's Sinaloa state as a Category 3 storm.

    >>
  • Some police dogs now have cameras, too

    Some police dogs now have cameras, too

    Wednesday, October 24 2018 12:49 AM EDT2018-10-24 04:49:04 GMT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) - Police dogs have always helped their human counterparts through their eyes and nose. Now some police dogs are getting their own backup - cameras that transmit live video.    The devices generally attach to dogs' backs on a vest and transmit video to a handler watching from a screen, possibly on their wrist or around their necks.

    >>

    MILWAUKEE (AP) - Police dogs have always helped their human counterparts through their eyes and nose. Now some police dogs are getting their own backup - cameras that transmit live video.    The devices generally attach to dogs' backs on a vest and transmit video to a handler watching from a screen, possibly on their wrist or around their necks.

    >>
  • Spokane couple quits meth for dog

    Spokane couple quits meth for dog

    Wednesday, October 24 2018 12:36 AM EDT2018-10-24 04:36:47 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Man's best friend is one couple's best tool in their fight against drug addiction. Elizabeth Osborn and Devin Dickson are married, struggling to find jobs and are making ends meet by helping locals with odd jobs (i.e. mowing lawns). They'll admit they're struggling, but will also be the first to tell you that things are better now than ever before.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Man's best friend is one couple's best tool in their fight against drug addiction. Elizabeth Osborn and Devin Dickson are married, struggling to find jobs and are making ends meet by helping locals with odd jobs (i.e. mowing lawns). They'll admit they're struggling, but will also be the first to tell you that things are better now than ever before.

    >>