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>>

  • Motorcyclist killed in crash on Sherman Pass

    Motorcyclist killed in crash on Sherman Pass

    Monday, July 16 2018 1:58 AM EDT2018-07-16 05:58:31 GMT

    SHERMAN PASS, Wash.- A 53-year-old man was killed Sunday after a crash involving a motorcycle and transit van. The crash happened on State Route 20, just before 6pm on Sunday, about 14 miles east of Republic.

    >>

    SHERMAN PASS, Wash.- A 53-year-old man was killed Sunday after a crash involving a motorcycle and transit van. The crash happened on State Route 20, just before 6pm on Sunday, about 14 miles east of Republic.

    >>
  • Instructor, two students killed in training aircraft crash near Deer Park

    Instructor, two students killed in training aircraft crash near Deer Park

    Friday, July 13 2018 8:36 PM EDT2018-07-14 00:36:49 GMT

    DEER PARK, Wash. - In a statement on its Facebook page Friday evening, Moody Aviation in Spokane confirmed that three people died in a plane crash near Deer Park Friday morning.

    >>

    DEER PARK, Wash. - In a statement on its Facebook page Friday evening, Moody Aviation in Spokane confirmed that three people died in a plane crash near Deer Park Friday morning.

    >>
  • Firefighter mauled by pit bull at scene of house fire

    Firefighter mauled by pit bull at scene of house fire

    Sunday, July 15 2018 3:47 PM EDT2018-07-15 19:47:12 GMT

    SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California firefighter was mauled in the face by a pit bull after helping extinguish a house fire.    The East Bay Times reports Alameda County Fire Battalion Chief John Whiting received "extremely severe facial damage" in the attack Saturday in San Leandro.    Division Chief Alan Evans says Whiting required extensive reconstructive surgery.

    >>

    SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a Northern California firefighter was mauled in the face by a pit bull after helping extinguish a house fire.    The East Bay Times reports Alameda County Fire Battalion Chief John Whiting received "extremely severe facial damage" in the attack Saturday in San Leandro.    Division Chief Alan Evans says Whiting required extensive reconstructive surgery.

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

  • Day care owner gets probation for trying to kill child

    Day care owner gets probation for trying to kill child

    Monday, July 16 2018 7:55 PM EDT2018-07-16 23:55:44 GMT
    Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff’s OfficePhoto: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minneapolis day care owner was sentenced to 10 years of probation for trying to kill a toddler in her home by hanging him from a noose.    Forty-three-year-old Nataliia Karia was sentenced Monday after earlier pleading guilty to attempted murder and third-degree assault.

    >>

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minneapolis day care owner was sentenced to 10 years of probation for trying to kill a toddler in her home by hanging him from a noose.    Forty-three-year-old Nataliia Karia was sentenced Monday after earlier pleading guilty to attempted murder and third-degree assault.

    >>
  • No abnormalities found in cougar that killed 1, injured 1

    No abnormalities found in cougar that killed 1, injured 1

    Monday, July 16 2018 7:37 PM EDT2018-07-16 23:37:30 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) - Officials say an examination of the cougar believed to have killed one mountain biker and injured another near North Bend found no abnormalities that might have contributed to the animal's unusual behavior.    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildfire on Monday released the report done by Washington State University on the cougar's carcass.

    >>

    SEATTLE (AP) - Officials say an examination of the cougar believed to have killed one mountain biker and injured another near North Bend found no abnormalities that might have contributed to the animal's unusual behavior.    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildfire on Monday released the report done by Washington State University on the cougar's carcass.

    >>
  • 3 patients improve following deadly New Mexico bus crash

    3 patients improve following deadly New Mexico bus crash

    Monday, July 16 2018 7:31 PM EDT2018-07-16 23:31:14 GMT
    Photo: Rio Rancho Fire and RescuePhoto: Rio Rancho Fire and Rescue

    BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) - The conditions of three patients have been upgraded following a deadly crash involving a commercial passenger bus and three other vehicles on a New Mexico highway early Sunday.    Twelve people remained hospitalized Tuesday, and officials at University of New Mexico Hospital say three of the four who were initially listed in critical condition have improved.

    >>

    BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) - The conditions of three patients have been upgraded following a deadly crash involving a commercial passenger bus and three other vehicles on a New Mexico highway early Sunday.    Twelve people remained hospitalized Tuesday, and officials at University of New Mexico Hospital say three of the four who were initially listed in critical condition have improved.

    >>