Beryl wreaked havoc on the Houston area Monday morning, unleashing heavy rains and powerful winds that left more than 2 million homes and businesses without power and caused widespread flooding.

2 MILLION WITHOUT POWER

CenterPoint Energy reported massive power outages affecting more than 2 million customers in the Houston area. Acting Governor Dan Patrick noted that power crews are unable to start restoration efforts until the winds subside.

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Residents are trying to manage without electricity.We haven’t really slept,said 67-year-old Rosenburg resident, Eva Costancio. Constance worried about the food in her fridge spoiling. We are struggling to have food and losing that food would be difficult,she shared.

HANDLING THE AFTERMATH

Houston is now facing the daunting task of handling Beryl's aftermath, with the immediate focus on ensuring resident safety and addressing the extensive flooding and power outages.

The National Hurricane Center reported two fatalities and cautioned that the storm’s damaging winds and flash floods would continue as it moved inland.

STAYING SAFE DURING HURRICANE AFTERMATH

  • Avoid Floodwaters: Stay away from floodwaters, which can be contaminated with hazardous substances and hide dangerous debris. Do not attempt to walk, swim, or drive through flooded areas. Even a small amount of moving water can knock you off your feet or sweep your vehicle away.
  • Use Generators Safely: If you use a generator for power, ensure it is placed outside, at least 20 feet away from windows, doors, and vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Never use a generator inside your home, garage, or any enclosed space.
  • Stay Informed: Keep updated with reliable sources of information such as local news, emergency services, and weather alerts. Have a battery-powered or hand-crank radio on hand in case of power outages. Follow any evacuation orders or safety instructions issued by authorities to protect yourself and your family.

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