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Hurricane Beryl Strikes Texas Coast, Leaving Destruction and Death in Its Wake



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Hurricane Beryl made a devastating impact on the Texas coast, bringing with it destruction and loss. The storm, which originated in the Caribbean and hit Mexico before heading towards Texas, landed near Matagorda in the early hours of Monday morning. The powerful winds and heavy rainfall left a trail of chaos in its wake.

The impact of Hurricane Beryl was most felt in areas like Houston, where power outages affected over 1.5 million homes and businesses. CenterPoint Energy, the primary electricity provider in the region, reported extensive outages. Alongside this, the storm caused significant damage to properties and infrastructure in Matagorda as well as other coastal counties.

Tragically, the storm resulted in two fatalities in separate incidents near George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Atascocita Fire Department responded to a fallen tree that claimed the life of one individual, while another person was injured. Additionally, in the Rustic Canyon Trail neighborhood, a tree fell on a residence, leading to the death of a woman.

The National Hurricane Center issued warnings about the storm surge and flash flooding as Hurricane Beryl moved northeastwards. Texas officials, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, urged residents to prepare for prolonged flooding and inclement weather. The storm’s fury extended into Louisiana, where forecasters were on high alert for potential tornadoes and heavy rainfall.

Among the cities affected were Freeport and Port Lavaca, both witnessing the force of Hurricane Beryl. The storm’s path through the Caribbean and Mexico had already left a trail of destruction, claiming lives and causing significant damage. The Associated Press reported on the storm’s rapid intensification and unprecedented strength in the early stages of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Rachel Adams

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