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Severe storms kill at least four people in Houston and cause widespread power outages

HOUSTON (AP) — Severe thunderstorms lashed southeast Texas for the second time this month Thursday, killing at least four people, blowing out windows in tall buildings, downing trees and knocking out power to nearly 900,000 homes and businesses in the Houston area was eliminated. .

Mary Benton, chief communications officer and senior adviser to the mayor, confirmed the four deaths to The Associated Press in the evening.

Flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for several counties, with damaging winds and even tornadoes possible into the evening, the National Weather Service office in Houston said.

“If you are in the path of this storm, seek shelter now. Go to the lowest floor!” warned the NWS office on the social platform X.

Streets were flooded and trees and power lines were down throughout the region. KHOU-TV showed images of shattered windows of an office building in downtown Houston, with glass spilling into the street below.

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City officials urged residents to stay off the roads as many were impassable and traffic lights were out.

Flights at Houston’s two major airports were grounded due to the weather. Sustained winds exceeding 60 mph (96 km per hour) were recorded at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

According to poweroutage.us, more than 870,000 customers were without electricity in and around Harris County, which includes Houston. More than 4.7 million people live in the province.

The Houston Independent School District canceled classes for all of its 274 campuses on Friday.

In the first week of May, the region was hit by heavy storms, leading to numerous high-water rescues, including some from the roofs of flooded houses.

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