Noon Fix: Gordon strengthens en route to Gulf Coast; McAllen booming; foster child finds home in Mercedes

September 5, 2018

Gordon strengthens, expected to hit Gulf Coast as hurricane

Coastal residents from Florida to Louisiana hustled to prepare for a deluge as Tropical Storm Gordon grew stronger on a path to hit the central U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane Tuesday night.

Boaters evacuated to safe harbors, motorists left barrier islands and homeowners looked over yards that could soon be submerged in seawater. A number of schools called off classes, and red no-swimming flags flew along the shore as waves kicked up from the approaching storm.

Study: McAllen is booming

The city is listed as one of the top-10 boomtowns in America in a recent study conducted by personal finance site MagnifyMoney.

McAllen’s population is growing, there are plenty of jobs and businesses are prospering, the study released earlier this month found.

Searching for a family, lifelong foster child finds home with Mercedes couple

Mary, a 4-year-old avid Peppa Pig fan, has spent most of her life in foster care before being adopted Aug. 13. Last Monday was her first day of Head Start.

After getting past those first day of school jitters, class has been great, she said. She has plenty of new friends and though she’s still learning how to read, she has several favorite books now.

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