Four dead after powerful storms slam Texas

Thunderstorms have killed four people and knocked out power to nearly a million homes and businesses in south-east Texas.

It’s possible residents in the area could be without power for weeks, Texas county official Lina Hidalgo said on Friday.

Two deaths came from fallen trees and one from a crane blown over.

The storm has now moved on to neighbouring Louisiana with flood warnings in place for the Gulf Coast.

In Houston, traffic lights were out, office windows blown through and glass strewn across the city’s streets.

Video footage from downtown shows windows and part of the roof at the Hyatt Regency blown out from the storm’s strong winds, local media outlets reported. The Houston Independent School District district cancelled school on Friday following the storm.

Residents were warned to stay inside by the city’s mayor, who spoke on Thursday evening.

“Stay at home tonight. Do not go to work tomorrow, unless you’re an essential worker,” Mayor John Whitmire said.

“Stay home, take care of your children. Our first responders will be working around the clock.”

Flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for multiple counties heading into the evening, according to Houston’s National Weather Service office.


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