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8 confirmed dead from Hurricane Beryl, 1.6 Million Still Without Power

Recovery from Hurricane Beryl has only just begun, and the full impact of the storm is being realized.

We now have eight confirmed dead as a result of the storm, and there are just about 1.6 million CenterPoint customers without power.

CenterPoint says they have mobilized around 11,500 workers to restore electricity across the city. At the peak of the outages, some 2.26 million customers were without power. CenterPoint says they have already restored 640,000 customers and aim to have one million customers restored by the end of Wednesday.

As well as knocking out power lines, Beryl also knocked down trees all across the Houston area, which tragically killed three people across Harris and Montgomery counties.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan says two people died in his county, both from drowning. Houston Mayor John Whitmire says a civilian employee of HPD died while driving to work due to high waters, and another person died from a house fire believed to be caused by storm-related lightning.

AT&T Customers across the Houston area have also reported interruptions to their phone service. In a statement to KTRH, AT&T said, "To help our customers impacted by Hurricane Beryl stay connected through this difficult time, we are waiving overage charges to provide unlimited talk, text and data in billing addresses in zip codes across affected areas from July 8, 2024 through July 17."

There are also a number of school closures in effect, as well as business and public office closures. You can find a complete list here.


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