Hurricane Beryl downgraded to tropical storm after battering Texas with 100 mph winds: Live updates

Hurricane Beryl heading towards Yucatan Peninsula, Gulf of Mexico

Three people have died and millions more in Texas could be without power for days as Tropical Storm Beryl sweeps through the state.

After making landfall in the United States as a Category 1 hurricane near the coast of Matagorda on Monday morning, Beryl was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved inland over eastern Texas. The storm brought heavy rain, strong winds and life-threatening conditions.

At least three people have died, including two when trees fell on homes, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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

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

Acting Texas Gov. Dan Patrick said CenterPoint Energy was putting thousands of extra workers on the job to get the lights back on faster. He said the storm knocked down 10 power lines and many of the outages were caused by fallen trees.

A Category 5 hurricane, Beryl has already left a trail of destruction in Mexico and the Caribbean.

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Some power has been restored to Houston after Hurricane Beryl

Power has been restored to millions of homes and businesses that lost power after Hurricane Beryl struck the Houston area. Meanwhile, the weakened storm moved east, likely spawning tornadoes and causing more damage.

After peaking on Monday with more than 2.7 million customers in Houston without power, the number dropped to more than 2.4 million homes and businesses without power by Monday evening, according to PowerOutage.us.

With no cooling in homes, downed power lines and traffic lights not working, authorities asked residents to stay home if possible.

“Houstonians need to know that we are working around the clock to keep them safe,” said Houston Mayor John Whitmire, urging residents to also be aware of the dangers of high water, drink plenty of fluids and keep an eye on their neighbors.

Stuti MishraJuly 9, 2024 09:00

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Meteorologists warn that extreme heat risk in Texas during power outages could be dangerous for people

Millions of people in Texas could be without power for days after Hurricane Beryl moves in.

Meanwhile, heat warnings have been issued for millions of Americans across the country.

Experts warn that people in Texas are at greater risk of heat exhaustion due to extreme weather conditions.

“The heat can be dangerous for people without power and working to clear debris and repair storm damage,” said Jon Porter, AccuWeather’s chief meteorologist.

“Anyone without power in the Texas heat should have access to shaded areas and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.”

“People are understandably desperate for power when outages last days or weeks.” “We have seen tragic cases of people being injured or killed trying to use portable generators after a hurricane has made landfall.

“It is critical that people use extreme caution when operating generators and ensure there is adequate ventilation away from the doors and windows of your home.”

Buffalo Bayou swamps stranded vehicles near Downtown Houston after Beryl made landfall in Texas as a hurricane, bringing heavy rains to downtown Houston
Buffalo Bayou swamps stranded vehicles near Downtown Houston after Beryl made landfall in Texas as a hurricane, bringing heavy rains to downtown Houston (AP)

Stuti MishraJuly 9, 2024 08:38

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In Pictures: Flooded Streets, Downed Power Lines, and Devastation from 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 watch the storm through the back door of the hotel as Hurricane Beryl makes landfall in Galveston, Texas, U.S. on July 8, 2024
Hotel guests at the Hilton Galveston resort watch the storm through the back door of the hotel as Hurricane Beryl makes landfall in Galveston, Texas, U.S. on July 8, 2024 (REUTERS)
Rainwater floods an underpass during Hurricane Beryl on July 8, 2024 in Houston, Texas
Rainwater floods an underpass during Hurricane Beryl on July 8, 2024 in Houston, Texas (Getty Images)
A vehicle drives through heavy rain on a highway during Hurricane Beryl on July 8, 2024 in Houston, Texas
A vehicle drives through heavy rain on a highway during Hurricane Beryl on July 8, 2024 in Houston, Texas (Getty Images)
A tree uprooted by the effects of Hurricane Beryl lies on a lawn, Monday, July 8, 2024, in Bay City, Texas.
A tree uprooted by the effects of Hurricane Beryl lies on a lawn, Monday, July 8, 2024, in Bay City, Texas. (AP)
Standing water is seen in a ditch along a highway after Hurricane Beryl passed through the area near Palacios, Texas, U.S., July 8, 2024
Standing water is seen in a ditch along a highway after Hurricane Beryl passed through the area near Palacios, Texas, U.S., July 8, 2024 (REUTERS)

Mike BediganJuly 9, 2024 08:00

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Watch: How Beryl Intensified and Spread in the Caribbean, Mexico, and the US in 7 Days

Stuti MishraJuly 9, 2024 07:30

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Beryl Downgraded to Tropical Storm

Beryl has weakened slightly, meaning it is no longer considered a hurricane, but a tropical storm.

The National Hurricane Center reported that Beryl has sustained winds of up to 70 mph (110 km/h) as the storm approaches Houston, currently 19 miles (30 km) west-northwest of the city.

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

Although no longer a hurricane, the NHC and local officials are still warning of dangerous weather conditions, with life-threatening storm surges, devastating wind gusts and significant flooding still occurring in parts of southeast Texas.

Mike BediganJuly 9, 2024 07:00

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NOAA Wednesday evening update on Storm Beryl

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Mike BediganJuly 9, 2024 06:00

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ICYMI Watch: Texas residents prepare for Storm Beryl

Texas residents prepare for Storm Beryl

Mike BediganJuly 9, 2024 05:15

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Watch: History of Storm Beryl

History of Hurricane Beryl

Mike BediganJuly 9, 2024 04:30

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Beryl continues to cause flooding and tornadoes

Mike BediganJuly 9, 2024 03:45

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

See how tourists were left stranded at Cancun’s airport on Saturday (July 6) after Hurricane Beryl – now downgraded to a tropical storm – made landfall on the Mexican coast.

Mike BediganJuly 9, 2024 03:00

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