Category 1 Hurricane Beryl Hits Texas Coast: Power Outages, Port Closures, and Tragic Losses


Beryl made landfall along the Texas coast as a Category 1 hurricane at 4 a.m. on Monday, unleashing severe weather as it moved inland before weakening into a tropical storm. 

With sustained winds of over 80 mph, Beryl struck near Matagorda, a coastal community situated between Corpus Christi and Galveston, according to the National Hurricane Center.

More than five hours after landfall, Beryl weakened to a tropical storm, continuing its inland trajectory with sustained winds at 70 mph. 

The storm uprooted trees and knocked over power poles, leaving a trail of destruction and impacting the power grid. 

According to CenterPoint Energy over 2.1 million customers were left without power in eastern Texas. It remains unclear how many Houston customers have lost power. 

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