Gov. Greg Abbott wants an investigation into why more than 2 million Texans lost power after Hurricane Beryl barreled ashore Monday and why up to one-fourth of them might have to wait until next week before electricity is fully restored. "What I'm going to be doing immediately is instructing the Public Utility Commission to undertake an immediate study to find out why this is repeatedly happening in Houston, Texas," Abbott told Bloomberg TV in an interview from Asia where he is on an extended trade mission. "They should not be losing power." The target of Abbott's ire was CenterPoint Energy, an electricity transmission company that serves the Houston area where the outages have been concentrated. view article arw

More than 870,000 CenterPoint customers were still without power four days after Hurricane Beryl struck the Texas coast, according to the company's website Friday morning. In an update Thursday night, the company said it expects to restore power to 80% of affected customers by the end of the day Sunday. view article arw

We regret to announce that due to prolonged power outages at more than half of our summer school campuses, we are canceling all summer school classes and summer activities on Thursday, July 11, 2024, and Friday, July 12, 2024," the district wrote in an email to parents. "We have been in regular communication with CenterPoint, and it is clear they will not be able to retore power to our schools quickly enough to allow us to cool campuses and provide students a safe and comfortable learning environment." HISD will also close its Summer Meal sites this Thursday and Friday. The district plans to return to usual operations by Monday, July 15. view article arw

Houston Mayor John Whitmire on Wednesday offered a sharp critique of CenterPoint Energy's ongoing repairs in Southeast Texas, where more than 1 million residents remain without power more than 48 hours after Hurricane Beryl's landfall in Texas. "[CenterPoint] needs to do a better job," Whitmire told reporters after a Wednesday city council meeting, according to the Houston Chronicle's Abby Church. view article arw

Across southeast Texas, residents and officials are assessing the damage and beginning the recovery process. Happening now CenterPoint expects to restore power to 750,000 customers by Sunday Matagorda County was "hardest hit" by Beryl, Patrick says Outages make it hard to discharge hospital patients, leading to backups Hurricane Beryl death toll rises to 10 Power restoration could take days and summer temperatures are rising Federal disaster declaration approved, Patrick says Texans begin to assess damage and plan clean-up efforts after bruising storm How to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning from generators during power outages What should I do after a hurricane hits? Beryl makes landfall in Texas as Category 1 hurricane view article arw

A 30-foot garage structure, dismembered into rubble. An RV, tipped over. The last vestige of a boat dock, sitting in a front yard. People love Sargent, a town on the Gulf Coast, for its beach homes and friendly atmosphere. But days after Hurricane Beryl tore through communities along the coast and further inland, snatching trees out of the dirt and knocking out power for millions of Texans, Rod “Doc” Pierce, a 70-year-old handyman with a cigarette and a cup of vodka, reached back to his days on the battlefield to relay what he saw: “It looks like Vietnam after a bomb raid,” he said on Wednesday. Pierce lives on an RV site that saw water rise to hip-level during the storm, which slammed Texas as a Category 1 hurricane early Monday. Since then, he has had no power and no idea of when it would come back. It was so hot inside his RV without air, he said, that he slept on a chair outside overnight on Tuesday. view article arw

Acting Governor Dan Patrick released a lengthy statement debunking the president’s claims that he could not contact Texas leadership about providing federal disaster aid following Hurricane Beryl’s destruction. After President Joe Biden granted Patrick’s request for a major disaster declaration yesterday—which is required for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid—he accused the acting governor of being “unreachable.”  view article arw

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough said power restoration in the county is progressing, but Entergy officials say it could take several days to repair damage from Hurricane Beryl.  Entergy Texas storm crews have restored power to more than 70,000 customers late Tuesday after heavy rain and strong winds from Hurricane Beryl caused widespread outages across the area. CenterPoint has restored electricity to more than 850,000 of the more than 2.2 million customers that lost power during the storm. view article arw

A fire and two accidents that set off sprinkler systems at three different schools at the end of June led the Boerne Independent School District Northwest of San Antonio to suspend their normal procurement process for large purchases in order to quickly start on repairs. view article arw

School closures will stretch into Tuesday for many of southeast Texas' K-12 districts and higher education institutions as the region recovers from Tropical Storm Beryl.  Several of the area's schools and colleges reported minimal damage but remained with intermittent or no electricity after Beryl moved through the area on Monday morning and afternoon. The storm, downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane, landed midmorning near Matagorda Bay before traveling north and hammering Houston and its suburbs with rain and high winds. view article arw

Two people died in Harris County after trees fell on residences. Beryl is bringing strong winds and heavy rain as it moves northeast through the state. view article arw

The Houston region’s death toll from Hurricane Beryl has risen to four, with city officials confirming two more deaths related to the storm.  Investigators determined a house fire that killed a man early Monday likely was caused by lightning from the storm. A civilian employee of the Houston Police Department was found dead in a submerged car in the floodwaters of Houston Avenue, near City Hall. view article arw

An elevated weather station near the Houston Metro (located at an elevation of 226ft - so fairly high up there) has gusted to 81 mph at 6:15am. Anyone in a high-rise in the Metro, please do not go out on balconies and stay away from windows. This Post is from about 1 hour ago.

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More than 530,000 CenterPoint Energy customers are without power Monday morning as Beryl pushes through Southeast Texas.  If new estimates from ERCOT are correct, Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick say Texas needs “an immediate review of all policies concerning the grid.”  With the state facing another round of extreme heat, recent polling revealed that most Texans believe an electrical grid failure could happen again this summer.  ---- Beryl reached Texas shores around 4 a.m. Monday morning as a category 1 hurricane, with wind gusts reaching up to 89 mph and maximum sustain winds hitting around 80 mph according to Matt Lanza of Space City Weather. Beryl reached Texas shores around 4 a.m. Monday morning as a category 1 hurricane, with wind gusts reaching up to 89 mph and maximum sustain winds hitting around 80 mph according to Matt Lanza of Space City Weather.  view article arw

Before dawn on a fall day in 2022, Texas air analysts approached a mobile monitoring van parked on the edge of Odessa in West Texas. They were hit with the stench of rotten eggs, the telltale sign of hydrogen sulfide. The invisible poisonous gas had seeped in, saturating the van. Breathing it in, the state workers grew sick: racing heartbeats, headaches, nausea. Their equipment had picked up what internal notes later would call “insanely high” levels of gas in the neighborhood. The analysts fled. view article arw

Tomball ISD says vandals caused significant damage to Creekside Park Junior High, forcing the board of trustees to pass a motion for the superintendent to execute a contract for emergency repairs in order for the school to be ready for the upcoming school year. view article arw

The latest rounds of storms that have swept through East Texas early Wednesday morning has led to further power outages and continues to complicate restoration efforts. Smith County emergency personnel responded to 27 weather-related calls over night after the latest storms. A shelter remains open in Bullard for people who have suffered property damage and/or power outages. Bullard Intermediate School, located at 218 School House Road, is open for those who need a place to go. Electrical providers have struggled to restore and maintain customers power on throughout the relentless weather events the past couple of weeks. At last check, providers in East Texas were reporting over 80,000 outages, the majority of which are coming out of Smith County. view article arw

Element Fuel Holdings LLC is spending between $3 and $4 billion on the project, which will produce more than 160,000 barrels per day of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from shale oil production, according to a report by the Houston Business Journal.  "Since no one's built a refinery in 50 years, there's probably a better way to do it. Let's optimize it," Element Fuels founder and co-CEO John Calce told the business outlet.    The refinery will be located in the Port of Brownsville and constructed in three phases. The first construction phase includes building a naphtha hydrotreater and reformer, which is expected to be operational by 2027. Element will also build a power plant that uses hydrogen and natural gas to produce energy and include carbon capture and storage to reduce the facility's carbon footprint.  view article arw

The Texas Legislature created the court last year, with proponents saying it would increase efficiency and opponents arguing that it was an effort by Republicans to circumvent Democrat-dominated courts. view article arw

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For schools in the first two counties from the Gulf the Property insurance news has been good. We have seen mostly rate discounts up to 10% with improvements in coverage. And just this week we received a renewal for a Dallas area district with a 14% Property rate reduction and a 6% Casualty increase. view article arw

The Jefferson ISD Board of Trustees recently chose to table a proposal on student UIL insurance bids in an effort to ensure coverage meets the district’s needs. The presentation of insurance bids with regards to students who are participating in UIL events as given by the JISD Business Manager Michael Wood at a regularly held school board meeting on May 14. The companies who provided bids included Health Special Risk (HSR), Texas Kids First, and Monarch Management/Players Health. view article arw

Belton ISD confirmed to KWTX that some of their facilities sustained damage from the May 22 storms. The district says their biggest concern is addressing roof damage and water leaks. Additionally, Belton ISD says fences, outdoor lights, rooftop HVAC systems and outdoor equipment were impacted by strong winds. Repairs have begun on the most immediate needs and Belton ISD says it will take weeks to work through the repair process. view article arw

Severe storms lashed through Central Texas on Wednesday, May 22, causing damage across the area in places like Temple, Belton, Killeen and more, and leaving many communities without power. Several local school districts have announced closures and changes in the aftermath of the storms. view article arw

Strong winds like those in Houston can strike anywhere. The whole state needs stricter building codes and a more reliable electric grid. view article arw

Dozens of Houston ISD schools remain closed Tuesday as more than 124,000 people were still without power days after Thursday’s deadly storm. Follow along below for live updates on the aftermath of the storm. Here's a recap of Monday's coverage. To support our journalism, please consider subscribing to the Chronicle. view article arw

At least four people were killed and much of the state’s largest city was brought to a standstill. Crews are racing to restore power and remove debris. view article arw

Trump told a reporter in Texas this weekend that Paxton is “a very talented guy.” view article arw

Severe storms tore through the Houston area Thursday evening, causing widespread damage, killing at least four people and leaving hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without power. Gale force winds up to 100 mph knocked over power lines, blew out windows and toppled trees throughout the region. Houston Office of Emergency Management spokesperson Brent Taylor said officials will begin the recovery process once debris and damage are cleared. In the meantime, Houston Mayor John Whitmire and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo urged residents to avoid all unnecessary travel. The storm ravaged Harris County — from transmission towers crushed in suburban Cypress to stricken oak trees blockading traffic to high-rise windows shattered throughout downtown Houston. Here’s a look at some of the damage wrought, reported by Houston Landing: view article arw

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo says it could take “weeks” for power to be restored in some parts of Houston following fierce storms with winds of up to 100 miles per hour.  HOUSTON (AP) — Power outages could last weeks in parts of Houston, an official warned Friday, after thunderstorms with hurricane-force winds tore through the city, knocking out electricity to nearly 1 million homes and businesses in the region, blowing out windows on downtown high rises and flipping vehicles.The National Weather Service said it confirmed a tornado with peak winds of 110 mph (177 kph) touched down near the northwest Houston suburb of Cypress in Harris County.  Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the county’s top elected official, said crews were still trying to determine the extent of the damage and the number of casualties from Thursday's storms. Houston Mayor John Whitmire said four people, and possibly five, had died.  The story has been updated to correct that school districts across the Houston area canceled classes Friday, not just the Houston Independent School District, and also the spelling of Cypress. view article arw

We hope this message finds you well. We regret to inform you that Lomax Elementary is still experiencing a power outage. Consequently, all students and staff are asked not to report to the campus on Monday, May 20.  We understand the disruption this may cause and are working diligently to restore power as soon as possible. We will keep the Lomax Elementary community updated with any new information regarding the restoration of power to the campus. Thank you for your patience and understanding.   read more arw

HARRIS COUNTY — After the floodwaters earlier this month just about swallowed two of the six homes that 60-year-old Tom Madigan owns on the San Jacinto River, he didn’t think twice about whether to fix them. He hired people to help, and they got to work stripping the walls, pulling up flooring and throwing out water-logged furniture. What Madigan didn’t know: The Harris County Flood Control District wants to buy his properties as part of an effort to get people out of dangerously flood-prone areas. Back-to-back storms drenched southeast Texas in late April and early May, causing flash flooding and pushing rivers out of their banks and into low-lying neighborhoods. Officials across the region urged people in vulnerable areas to evacuate. view article arw

Many schools across the Houston area are closed Friday after a severe thunderstorm left a trail of destruction through the Houston region Thursday evening. At least four people are dead and hundreds of thousands of people are still without power. Here are the latest updates. view article arw

Celina City Council members denied a request to rezone 1 acre on the outskirts of downtown for a My Swim Buddy swim school during a May 14 meeting. The school would be located on Malone Street, which is in a unique position due to its proximity to downtown, Director of Development Andy McAfee said. The land is also surrounded by both existing and planned development, including Celina ISD properties and an incoming mixed-use neighborhood. view article arw

Houston ISD closed all campuses on Friday, May 17 due to the widespread damage across the city. Schools will reopen on Monday, May 20th In addition, Spring Branch, Cy-Fair and Sheldon Independent School districts announced they will cancel classes Friday as a result of the storms. "HISD has coordinated with the City of Houston and is closing all campuses Friday, May 17," an email from the district read.   In addition, Spring Branch, Cy-Fair and Sheldon Independent School districts announced they will cancel classes Friday as a result of the storms.  "HISD has coordinated with the City of Houston and is closing all campuses Friday, May 17," an email from the district read. view article arw