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Beryl is reduced after hitting Texas with deadly rain, wind

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Houston, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 9th Jul, 2024) Beryl was downgraded on Monday night to a tropical depression after it hit the US state of southern Texas as a Category 1 hurricane, killing at least four people and causing millions of power losses. in the middle of a hot summer.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Beryl made landfall Monday morning near the Gulf Coast town of Matagorda, and was losing strength as it moved inland, but that continued to pack rains producing flooding and strong winds.

“Considerable urban flooding and urban flooding and minor to isolated major river flooding are expected,” the NHC said in its latest warning, adding that “several tornadoes are possible through tonight in parts of eastern Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.”

The sprawling city of Houston, home to 2.3 million people, was hit hard early Monday by hurricane-force winds and flooding, with authorities reporting at least four storm-related deaths. .

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told X that a 53-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman had died in separate incidents of trees falling on homes.

Later, Houston Mayor John Whitmire said in a press conference that one person died after lightning possibly ignited a fire, while an employee of the police department died in flood waters while on the road for work.

About 2.6 million households in Texas were without power Monday night, according to tracker poweroutage.us, as temperatures were expected to climb above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) over the next few days.

Rose Michalec, 51, told AFP that Beryl tore down fences in her south Houston neighborhood.

“For a Category 1 storm, it’s quite a bit of damage … It’s more than we expected,” he said.

In downtown Houston, several areas were completely flooded, including the park where 76-year-old Floyd Robinson usually walks.

“I’ve seen more of this kind of damaging water than I’ve ever seen before,” the lifelong Houston resident told AFP.

“This is only the beginning of July and for us to have a storm of this magnitude is very rare,” he added.

On the coast of Texas, AFP journalists saw several houses and buildings on the seashore with their roofs ripped off by the wind.

Many communities in the area had issued voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders before the storm.

Meanwhile in the neighboring state of Louisiana, a death was announced by the sheriff’s office of Bossier Parish, also from a tree that fell on a house.

Monday’s deaths raise the total toll from the storm — which began its tear in the Caribbean as a powerful hurricane more than a week ago — to more than a dozen.

Beryl first hit Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a Category 4 storm, before hitting the Cayman Islands and Jamaica, and at one point strengthening to a higher Category 5.

It hit Mexico on Friday as a Category 2 hurricane, flattening trees and lightning and tearing off roofs, although there were no reports of deaths or injuries.

Beryl is the first hurricane since NHC record-keeping began to reach the Category 4 level in June, and the first to hit the highest Category 5 in July.

It’s also the first hurricane to make landfall in Texas in a decade, according to forecaster Michael Lowry.

It is extremely rare for such a powerful storm to form this early in the hurricane season in the Atlantic, which lasts from the beginning of June to the end of November.

Scientists say climate change likely plays a role in the rapid intensification of storms like Beryl because there is more energy in a warmer ocean for them to feed on.

North Atlantic waters are between two and five degrees Fahrenheit (one to three degrees Celsius) warmer than normal, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


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