Hurricane Beryl Tracking: Death toll rises to 6 in Texas, more than 2 million without power as tropical depression now batters Midwest
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Hurricane Beryl Tracking: Death toll rises to 6 in Texas, more than 2 million without power as tropical depression now batters Midwest

HOUSTON—- Beryl, after passing over Texas on Monday, set its sights on the Midwest on Tuesday.

The storm made landfall in the state Monday morning as a Category 1 hurricane.

At least six people died from falling trees or drowning, and more than 2 million customers in Texas were without power due to heavy rains and strong winds.

Hurricane Beryl first killed at least seven people in the Leeward Islands before skirting south of Jamaica, causing communications blackouts, stranding tourists and bringing storm surge and heavy rains to the island.

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Three people were killed in Montgomery County, Texas, when trees fell during the storm, according to Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, chief of staff.

According to Keough, one man riding a tractor on a public road was killed when a tree fell on him, and a couple was killed in the woods when a tree fell on them.

The three previously confirmed deaths included two deaths caused by falling trees and one death by drowning.

Beryl dumped as much as 9 inches of rain in some areas, and sustained winds of up to 90 miles per hour. The storm caused significant damage to businesses and homes.

As floodwaters from Beryl flooded streets, crews conducted 47 rescues in Harris County, including Houston, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo told reporters.

Tropical Storm Beryl produced heavy rains and strong winds along the Texas coast.

Street flooding was still significant Monday afternoon, Hidalgo said, and she urged residents to stay indoors.

As for the storm, Hidalgo said, “Things turned out a little better than we expected.”

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said at a news conference Monday that 2.7 million people statewide were still without power and 10 transmission lines were down.

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Patrick said restoring power would take “several days” and the priority would first be restoring power to hospitals, nursing homes and the homes of people dependent on ventilators or medical devices where generators have failed.

Hidalgo said we will have a clearer picture on Tuesday regarding the timeline for restoring power in Harris County.

In Galveston, the mayor is warning it could be two weeks before some people get their power back, as “feels like” temperatures approach 100 degrees in the coming days.

Authorities are appealing to citizens to stay at home and not drive.

Beryl’s latest forecast

On Monday evening, authorities classified Beryl as a “tropical depression” due to sustained winds of 35 mph.

Beryl is moving northeast at 16 mph, gradually gaining speed and weakening.

Rain from Beryl will hit Indiana Tuesday morning before moving to Detroit Tuesday evening.

PHOTOS | Hurricane Beryl hits Texas

Hurricane Beryl Tracking: Death toll rises to 6 in Texas, more than 2 million without power as tropical depression now batters Midwest

Jackie Jecmenek (right) talks with city worker Bobby Head as he stands in front of a neighbor’s home after Beryl died on Monday, July 8, 2024, in Bay City, Texas.

Photo AP/Eric Gay

The remnants of Beryl will bring heavy rain to Vermont on Wednesday.

Rain will reach Washington, DC, Wednesday night and Philadelphia and New York overnight into Thursday morning. Flash flooding is possible.

Beryl was the earliest hurricane of the season to make landfall in Texas since Hurricane Bonnie in 1986.

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