Houston Surveys Storm Destruction and Rushes to Restore Power Amid Southeast and Gulf Coast Flood Threat
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Houston Surveys Storm Destruction and Rushes to Restore Power Amid Southeast and Gulf Coast Flood Threat

Storms Destructive in Houston

In Houston, where the deadly “Storm Destruction” resulted in the loss of seven lives and extensive power outages, officials are closely examining the situation as temperatures continue to rise.Weather threat for Saturday in SE and Gulf Coast is a great feared one especially with possibility for heavy rain and strong thunderstorms.

Storm Destruction Impact and Casualties

A complex of storms with winds up to 100 mph and a tornado swept through Houston on Thursday, damaging multiple skyscrapers, causing a sewage spill, and triggering power outages expected to last weeks amid soaring temperatures.

Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña reported that at least four people died in the storm, including two killed by fallen trees and another in a crane accident.

In the aftermath, a man walks through fallen bricks from a damaged building in Houston on Friday. Three additional deaths were reported in Harris County:

one man collapsed moving a downed electrical pole, and a woman died after lightning struck her trailer, causing a fire. Another man, who had lost power, was found unresponsive after attempting to power his oxygen tank from his truck, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

“Heartbreaking! Gonzalez expressed his sympathies to the families who lost a loved one in yesterday’s extreme weather catastrophe.

Power Outages and Restoration Efforts

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The storms will be followed by high temperatures in the 90s through the weekend and beyond, while many are without air conditioning. Over 531,000 customers in Harris County remain without power early Saturday, according to PowerOutage.us. Authorities warn that restoring power will be a lengthy process.

CenterPoint Energy, the primary electrical provider in the area, reported “extensive damage to the company’s transmission and distribution electric systems,” with thousands of workers deployed for restoration efforts.

The storm’s heavy rainfall, high winds, and power outages also led to the spillage of over 100,000 gallons of domestic wastewater in three locations, though Houston Public Works assured residents that the city’s drinking water remains safe.

Response to Heat and Further Weather Warnings

In response to the heat, the City of Houston opened cooling centers on Friday. The heat index could hit triple digits by next week, raising health risks. “The weather pattern is shifting into a hot and dry routine beginning on Saturday, so it is going to be vital to have a way to maintain cool,” the National Weather Service warned on Friday.

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Houston Mayor John Whitmire declared a local state of disaster for the city on Friday. “The effect is great,” he said, directing, as a rule, the residents to keep out from the affected zones in order for public works workers to carry out their tasks.

Derecho Classification and Future Weather Threats

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The National Weather Service has put the storm cell in a state of a derecho, a destructive weather regime with a wind damage of 250 miles at least, coming with a 58 mph or above wind gusts.

Unfortunately, the Ridge is expected to stick around through the weekend, as the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Rainfall and Severe Thunderstorm Advisory for amounts south to north along the eastern-most Gulf of Mexico.

A moderate risk of a major thunderstorm hazard with an issue area that expands from South East to Carolinas is out with the main threats including damaging wind gusts, hailstones and likely tornadoes.

A flood hazard with a level 2 of likelihood of extremely high rainfall for the northern Gulf Coast stretches from flash, urban, and riverine flooding.

The heaviest rain is expected in the New England and Mid-Atlantic region and the central Appalachians and flooding is likely in these areas.On Sunday, thunderstorms are expected over the central High Plains, spreading east in the evening, particularly affecting Nebraska and Kansas.

Thus, for a majority of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic the daytime thunderstorm conditions will have vanished by Saturday. Last Friday Houston, Texas, a tree which was uprooted by strong winds brought by rain exposed the home to great amounts of damage.

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