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Houston community groups strain to keep feeding and cooling a city battered by repeat storms

Jul. 13, 2024 01:13 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The deafening hum of a generator was a welcome noise Thursday evening at a Houston independent living center where several dozen seniors had lost power in the wake of Hurricane Beryl. Joe and Terri Hackl, who had pulled up with the backup electricity source after...

Hundreds of thousands are still without power in the Houston area. Here's how it happened

Jul. 12, 2024 16:35 PM EDT

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Houston area likely won’t have power restored until next week, as the city swelters in the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl. The storm slammed into Texas on Monday, knocking out power to nearly 2.7 million homes and businesses and leaving huge...

Houston hospitals report spike in heat-related illness during widespread storm power outages

Jul. 12, 2024 16:24 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Widespread power outages caused by Hurricane Beryl have sent a wave of patients to Houston-area hospitals for treatment of heat-related illnesses and carbon monoxide poisoning due to using home generators improperly, medical officials said Friday. Hundreds of...

Extreme heat and some medicines can be a risky combo. Here's what to know

Jul. 12, 2024 14:25 PM EDT

Extreme heat can raise the danger of heat-related illnesses and threaten health in a more subtle way — by amplifying the side effects of many common medications. Hot weather, too, can damage medicines such as insulin that require refrigeration. Inhalers can explode. Epinephrine...

Suspect charged in shooting death of a Houston-area deputy who responded to pizzeria assault

Jul. 12, 2024 10:36 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A suspect was arrested and charged with the fatal shooting of a Houston-area sheriff’s deputy who had joined a search for a man who pistol-whipped a Little Caesars Pizza worker over a mistaken order, authorities said. Deputy Fernando Esqueda, 28, was killed early...

Half a million Houston-area homes and businesses still won't have power into next week

Jul. 11, 2024 23:13 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — About half a million Houston-area homes and businesses will still be without electricity next week, the city's largest utility said Thursday, stoking the frustration of hot and weary residents and leading a top state official to call the pace of recovery from Hurricane Beryl “not...

Houston keeps buckling under storms like Beryl. The fixes aren't coming fast enough

Jul. 11, 2024 14:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Sharon Carr is frustrated. Like many others who lost power after Hurricane Beryl slammed into the Texas coast earlier this week, she went to a cooling center in Houston to get relief from summer heat while the city's utility company warned that restoring everyone's electricity...

Houston's power utility says 500,000 customers still won't have electricity next week as wide outages from Beryl persist

Jul. 11, 2024 11:52 AM EDT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Houston's power utility says 500,000 customers still won't have electricity next week as wide outages from Beryl persist.

Pressure mounts on Houston power company to quickly restore service as city sweats after Beryl

Jul. 11, 2024 04:04 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Pressure mounted Wednesday on Houston’s power utility as millions of residents still had no electricity nearly three days after Hurricane Beryl made landfall, stoking questions over how a city that is all too familiar with destructive weather was unable to better withstand a...

Frustrations mount in the Houston heat after Beryl moves on and leaves millions without power

Jul. 10, 2024 00:56 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The return of soaring heat in Houston on Tuesday deepened the misery for millions of people still without power after Hurricane Beryl crashed into Texas and left residents in search of places to cool off and fuel up as the extended outages strained one of the nation’s largest...