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Three people have died, and millions more in Texas could be left without power for days as Tropical Depression Beryl continues to surge through the state.

After making landfall in the United States as a Category 1 hurricane on the coast of Matagorda on Monday morning, Beryl was downgraded to Tropical Storm then to a Depression as it traversed inland across eastern Texas, bringing heavy rainfall, strong winds and life-threatening conditions.

At least three people are believed to be dead, including two who were killed when trees fell on homes.

A third person, a civilian employee of the Houston Police Department, was killed when he was trapped in flood waters under a highway overpass, Houston Mayor John Whitmire said.

More than 2.2 million homes and businesses were without power around Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, after Beryl blew through, according to the CenterPoint Energy utility.

Acting Texas Governor Dan Patrick said CenterPoint Energy was bringing in thousands of additional workers to help get the lights turned back on quicker.

Beryl has already left a trail of destruction as a Category 5 hurricane through Mexico and the Caribbean.

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Some power restored in Houston after Hurricane Beryl

Power started to come back for some of the millions of homes and businesses left in the dark when Hurricane Beryl slammed into the Houston area, while the weakened storm moved east, spawning suspected tornadoes and causing more damage.

After a peak Monday of more than 2.7 million customers around Houston without power, the numbers improved to more than 2.4 million homes and businesses lacking electricity by Monday night, according to PowerOutage.us.

The lack of cooling to people’s homes, downed power lines and non-functioning traffic lights led officials to ask residents to stay home if possible.

“Houstonians need to know we’re working around the clock so you will be safe,” Houston mayor John Whitmire said, urging residents to also know the dangers of high water, to stay hydrated and to check on their neighbours.

Stuti Mishra9 July 2024 09:00

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Meteorologists warn excessive heat risk in Texas during power cuts can be dangerous for people

Millions of people in Texas could be left without power for days after Hurricane Beryl’s deadly track inland.

Meanwhile, heat alerts are in place for millions of Americans across the country.

Battered by multiple extreme weather conditions, people in Texas could be at increased risk of heat exhaustion, experts warn.

“The heat can be dangerous for people who do not have power as they work to clean up debris and repair storm damage,” said AccuWeather’s chief meteorologist, Jon Porter.

“Everyone dealing with the Texas heat who lost power needs to have access to shaded areas and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.”

“People understandably get desperate for power when those outages last days or weeks.” “We’ve seen tragic cases of people being hurt or killed when they try to use portable generators after a hurricane landfall.

“It’s crucial for people to use extreme caution when operating generators and make sure there is proper ventilation away from doors and windows to your home.”

Buffalo Bayou floods stranding vehicles near Downtown Houston after Beryl came ashore in Texas as a hurricane and dumped heavy rains downtown
Buffalo Bayou floods stranding vehicles near Downtown Houston after Beryl came ashore in Texas as a hurricane and dumped heavy rains downtown (AP)

Stuti Mishra9 July 2024 08:38

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In Pictures: Streets flooded, power lines down and destruction caused by Beryl in Texas

Power lines downed by the effects of Hurricane Beryl block a highway near Palacios, Texas, Monday, July 8, 2024
Power lines downed by the effects of Hurricane Beryl block a highway near Palacios, Texas, Monday, July 8, 2024 (AP)
Hotel guests at the Hilton Galveston resort look out the back door of the hotel watching the storm as Hurricane Beryl arrived in Galveston, Texas, U.S. July 8, 2024
Hotel guests at the Hilton Galveston resort look out the back door of the hotel watching the storm as Hurricane Beryl arrived in Galveston, Texas, U.S. July 8, 2024 (REUTERS)
Rainwater floods an underpass during Hurricane Beryl on July 08, 2024 in Houston, Texas
Rainwater floods an underpass during Hurricane Beryl on July 08, 2024 in Houston, Texas (Getty Images)
A vehicle drives through heavy rain on a highway during Hurricane Beryl on July 08, 2024 in Houston, Texas
A vehicle drives through heavy rain on a highway during Hurricane Beryl on July 08, 2024 in Houston, Texas (Getty Images)
A tree uprooted by the effects of Hurricane Beryl lies in a lawn, Monday, July 8, 2024, in Bay City, Texas
A tree uprooted by the effects of Hurricane Beryl lies in a lawn, Monday, July 8, 2024, in Bay City, Texas (AP)
Standing water in a highway ditch is pictured after Hurricane Beryl moved through the area near Palacios, Texas, U.S. July 8, 2024
Standing water in a highway ditch is pictured after Hurricane Beryl moved through the area near Palacios, Texas, U.S. July 8, 2024 (REUTERS)

Mike Bedigan9 July 2024 08:00

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Watch: How Beryl intensified and churned across Caribbean, Mexico and the US in seven days

Stuti Mishra9 July 2024 07:30

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Beryl downgraded into a Tropical Storm

Beryl has weakened ever so slightly, meaning it is no longer considered a hurricane, and is now a tropical storm.

The National Hurricane Center has reported that Beryl is packing maximum sustained wind speeds of 70mph (110km/h) as it approaches Houston, currently 20 miles (30km) west-northwest of the city.

To be considered a hurricane, Beryl would to need to sustain at least 74mph (119km/h) to be a Category 1 hurricane, according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.

Despite not being a hurricane anymore, the NHC and local officials still warn that the weather conditions are dangerous, with life-threatening storm surge, damaging wind gusts and considerable flash flooding that are continuing across portions of southeast Texas.

Mike Bedigan9 July 2024 07:00

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NOAA Wednesday evening update on Storm Beryl

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Mike Bedigan9 July 2024 06:00

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ICYMI Watch: Texas residents prepare for Storm Beryl

Texas residents prepare for Storm Beryl

Mike Bedigan9 July 2024 05:15

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Watch: History of Storm Beryl

History of Hurricane Beryl

Mike Bedigan9 July 2024 04:30

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Beryl continues to produce flooding rains and the risk of tornadoes

Mike Bedigan9 July 2024 03:45

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Tourists left stranded at Cancun airport after Hurricane Beryl makes landfall on Mexican coast

Watch as tourists remained stranded at Cancun airport on Saturday (6 July) after Hurricane Beryl – which has since been downgraded to a Tropical Storm – made landfall on the Mexican coast.

Mike Bedigan9 July 2024 03:00

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