Hurricane Beryl downgraded to tropical storm after battering Texas with 100 mph winds: Live tracker updates

Hurricane Beryl heading towards Yucatan Peninsula, Gulf of Mexico

After making landfall in the United States as a Category 1 hurricane near the coast of Matagorda, Texas, at 4 a.m. CDT Monday morning, Beryl has since weakened to a tropical storm and is moving inland over eastern Texas.

Tropical Storm Beryl was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane after it moved toward Houston during the morning, leaving millions of customers in Texas without power within hours of Beryl hitting the coast.

Officials have confirmed that two people in and around Houston, Texas, have died after trees fell on their homes.

The National Hurricane Center has warned of heavy rain, strong winds and life-threatening storm surges hitting parts of Texas today.

More than a million people in Texas were under hurricane warnings. Acting Texas Governor Dan Patrick declared 120 counties disaster areas ahead of the storm and warned that Beryl “will be a deadly storm.”

Schools, airports and major oil transport companies have been shut down and will remain closed all day Monday.

A Category 5 hurricane, Beryl has already left a trail of destruction in Mexico and the Caribbean.

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Beryl’s power outage confronts Texans with harsh reality

More than 2 million Texas residents are without power as a tropical storm hits the Houston area Monday afternoon.

“We didn’t really sleep,” Eva Costancio, 67, told The Associated Press.

A tree had blown down power lines in her neighborhood in the Houston suburb of Rosenberg.

On Monday, she was without power for about four hours and worried that the food in her refrigerator would spoil.

“We are struggling to get food and it would be difficult if we lost that food,” she said.

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Cleaning up Beryl could be as dangerous as the storm itself, authorities warn

Beryl rips through Texas, knocking out power to millions of customers.

Authorities warn of carbon monoxide poisoning from the use of emergency generators.

The National Hurricane Center also advises caution near downed power lines and flooding.

The center wrote: “Remember that historically, nearly half of all lives lost during a hurricane are lost after the hurricane has passed.”

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Beryl claims two lives in Texas

A 53-year-old man and a 74-year-old woman died after trees fell on their homes in Texas as Beryl ravages the state.

A grandchild called 911 to report a tree had fallen through the roof of her grandmother’s Harris County home, according to Harris County Constable Precinct 4. An investigation is underway.

Also Monday morning, an unnamed 53-year-old man was reportedly inside his home in Humble, Texas, with his family when an oak tree fell on the roof and struck the rafters, causing the structure to topple on the man, authorities said. His wife and children were unharmed.

The tragedies come as Beryl’s powerful winds and flash floods continue to tear through Texas, leaving more than 2 million people in the state without power.

The National Hurricane Center said winds in eastern Texas were gusting as high as 80 mph (130 kph). The center warned of “very dangerous conditions” in the area.

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WATCH: Texas residents prepare for Hurricane Beryl

Texas residents prepare for Hurricane Beryl

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Beryl continues to batter southeast Texas

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Hurricane Beryl brings severe weather

Hurricane Beryl brings severe weather

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One dead in Texas after tree falls on house

A 53-year-old man died during Hurricane Beryl after a tree fell on his home outside Houston, authorities said.

Authorities in Harris County, Texas, said the man died after becoming trapped under rubble, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Monday morning.

The 53-year-old man was reportedly sitting out the storm with his family at his home in the 20900 block of Heather Grove Court in Kings River Village in Humble, Texas. An oak tree fell onto the roof and struck the rafters, causing the structure to fall on the man, the sheriff’s office said.

His wife and children were unharmed.

Gonzalez said firefighters arrived on scene and he was trying to get into the house.

Beryl slammed into Texas Monday morning after wreaking havoc across the Caribbean. The storm brought winds of over 100 mph and dangerous storm surge to the Lone Star State. Videos and photos on social media showed winds damaging homes and uprooting trees.

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Millions without power in Houston

More than 2 million customers in the Houston area are without power as Beryl sets her sights on the state’s largest city.

High winds, flooded roads and fallen trees have led to downed cables and power outages.

Electric utility CenterPoint Energy warned locals to stay away from power lines: “If you see a downed line, assume it is live and stay at least 30 feet away.”

The company also advised against standing in or driving through floodwaters, “as they could potentially carry electrical current from downed power lines.”

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A meteorologist warned that Beryl was taking the ‘worst possible route’ as the eye of the storm moved towards Houston

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Beryl brings ‘damaging wind gusts’ and ‘life-threatening’ storm surge to Texas

Beryl advances into Texas.

Residents along the Texas Gulf Coast and the eastern part of the state should prepare for flash flooding today and tonight. Houston could also be hit by strong winds this afternoon.

Officials also warned beachgoers in Texas to be careful of rip currents due to the dangerous conditions.

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