Beryl Leaves Millions of Texans Without Power as Dangerous Heat Descends

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Written By Kanisha Laing

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Hurricane Beryl has left millions of Texans in a dire situation, with widespread power outages and sweltering heat posing serious threats. The Category 1 hurricane made landfall in southern Texas on Monday, causing extensive damage and knocking out power.

Power Outages and Damage

Beryl disrupted power to over 2.5 million homes, resulting in at least eight deaths in Texas and Louisiana. As of Tuesday morning, more than 2.2 million Texans remained without electricity, according to The hurricane’s heavy rains and strong winds turned roads into rivers, toppled trees, and downed power lines.

The storm, now moving toward the Midwest, has weakened but still threatens flooding and tornadoes. Recovery efforts in southeast Texas, including Houston, are complicated by the extreme heat forecasted for Tuesday and Wednesday, making cleanup efforts dangerous for those without cooling.

Heat Advisory and Health Risks

Southeast Texas is under a heat advisory, with the heat index expected to reach 105 degrees. High temperatures in the 90s are forecast across the region.

The National Weather Service in Houston warned that the combination of heat and lack of cooling could create hazardous conditions, especially for vulnerable populations like the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, children, and outdoor workers.

Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can lead to severe health issues, including heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and damage to vital organs. Heat is the deadliest form of extreme weather in the US, causing more fatalities each year than hurricanes and tornadoes combined.

Challenges in Restoring Power

Restoring power to affected areas will be a lengthy process. Thomas Gleeson, chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, indicated that some communities, particularly coastal areas like Galveston, might be without electricity for up to two weeks.

CenterPoint Energy, the utility hardest hit by the storm, reported that nearly 2 million customers lost power. Despite preparations, the damage was more severe than expected due to the storm’s unexpected path. The company aims to restore power to 1 million customers by Wednesday night.

Houston Mayor John Whitmire assured residents that efforts are underway to restore power as quickly as possible, emphasizing that no community will be prioritized over another.

Beryl’s Path and Continued Threats

Initially a record-shattering Category 5 storm, Beryl has significantly weakened but continues to pose threats as it moves inland. The storm caused significant damage in the Caribbean, resulting in at least eight deaths before reaching the US.

On Tuesday morning, the storm’s center was in Arkansas, moving towards southern Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan before heading into Canada by the week’s end. The Storm Prediction Center has issued severe thunderstorm warnings for western Kentucky and southern Indiana, with increased tornado risks in these areas.

About 23.4 million people are currently under flood watches, with flash flood warnings in effect along Beryl’s path.

Heat Alerts Across the US

The heat wave isn’t confined to Texas; about half of the US population is under heat alerts. The West Coast, in particular, is experiencing record high temperatures, with some areas seeing temperatures 10 to 30 degrees above average. The Weather Prediction Center noted that these extreme temperatures are likely driven by human-caused climate change.

Excessive heat warnings and advisories cover nearly all of Washington state, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, and southwest Arizona. In Oregon, four heat-related deaths were reported over the weekend, and in California’s Death Valley, a motorcyclist succumbed to heat exposure on a day when temperatures reached 128 degrees.


The aftermath of Hurricane Beryl has left millions of Texans without power, struggling to cope with dangerous heat conditions. As recovery efforts continue, the importance of vigilance and preparedness in the face of extreme weather is more evident than ever. The combination of power outages and intense heat underscores the urgent need for effective disaster response and support for affected communities.

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