Hurricane Beryl Leaves Trail of Devastation: 6 Dead in Texas, 1 in Louisiana – Millions Without Power

Houston, Texas – Six people in Texas and one in Louisiana lost their lives due to the destructive aftermath of Hurricane Beryl. As the region grapples with the storm’s impact, a massive cleanup and restoration effort has begun to restore power to 2.1 million energy customers left in the dark.

In Harris County, Texas, a 53-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman tragically died when trees crashed into their homes. Additionally, Montgomery County confirmed the deaths of three individuals, including a man in his 40s who was struck by a falling tree while operating a tractor. Two other individuals were found deceased in a tent in Magnolia.

Meanwhile, in Louisiana, northeast of Shreveport, a woman lost her life when a tree fell on her house in Bossier Parish. Acting Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas secured a federal emergency disaster declaration through FEMA to assist in the state’s recovery efforts after speaking with President Joe Biden.

Although Beryl has weakened to a tropical depression, over 25 million people from Arkansas to Michigan remain under flood watches as the storm continues its path northeast. The National Weather Service warns of possible severe thunderstorms and tornadoes as the storm progresses.

The storm made landfall in Texas as a Category 1 hurricane, resulting in at least six deaths. Numerous tornado warnings were issued, setting a record for the most alerts in a single day in July. Amid the chaos, a Houston couple narrowly escaped tragedy when a tree demolished their home in Wharton, Texas.

As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 2.1 million customers were without power, with CenterPoint Energy working tirelessly to restore connections. Fallen trees and strong winds have hindered crews’ efforts to reach affected areas, exacerbating the situation.

Houston officials opened cooling centers to help residents cope with the heat advisory that forecasts temperatures reaching up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Galveston Mayor Craig Brown reported extensive structural damage, although there were no reported fatalities or serious injuries from the storm.

Social media captured the storm’s impact, showcasing scenes of torrential rain in Houston, severe thunderstorms in St. Louis, Missouri, and flooding in Bryant, Arkansas. The community continues to come together as they navigate the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl’s devastation.