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1.7 Million People In Texas Are Still Without Power As A Result Of Hurricane Beryl, Putting Them At Risk From Scorching Heat

Reported By Abdul Ghani (Ghani Mengal)

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United States, 11th Jul 2024, King NewsWireThree days after the historic Hurricane Beryl made landfall, the fierce winds have subsided, and the floodwaters in East Texas have begun to recede, but for the more than 1.7 million utility customers who are still without power and for those who lost their homes during the deadly storm, the danger is far from over

Early on Monday morning, Hurricane Beryl made landfall close to the Texas city of Matagorda as an intense Category 1 hurricane. It brought heavy rains, wind gusts of 90 mph, and a storm surge that reached three to six feet.

Acting Texas Governor Dan Patrick declared on Tuesday that President Joe Biden has granted the state’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration, citing the enormous and broad nature of the destruction.

With this declaration, more resources are available to assist the millions of Texans affected by Hurricane Beryl. These include more generators that could provide life-saving electricity to calm people as the region’s intense heat waves rage.

White House Responded After The Disaster

Hurricane Beryl’s effects stretched over East Texas from Galveston and the Gulf Coast to the Houston Metro area and beyond, leaving more than 2.7 million people without power at its peak.

In a statement, Biden said, “The biggest concern at the moment is power outages and extreme heat that are impacting Texans. As you know, extreme heat kills more Americans than all the other natural disasters combined.”

According to Biden, before Hurricane Beryl made landfall, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had resources on the ground and would continue meeting the state’s needs.

1.7 Million People Are Still Without Electricity

As of Wednesday morning, more than 1.7 million customers were still without power. Workers are clearing debris and replacing damaged infrastructure to restore the flow of electricity.

“As part of our process to assess the impact of Hurricane Beryl, we’ve walked approximately 4,500 miles of our electric circuits on foot and have used helicopters and drone surveillance to further inspect damage across our service territory,” CenterPoint Energy stated in a post on X, which used to Facebook.

This covers South Houston, Bellaire, Baytown, Brazoria, Galveston, and Bellaire, some of the hardest-hit communities.

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