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Houston area grapples with heat, power cuts after major storms

A tornado touched down near the suburb of Cypress, shattering trees and windows and strewing debris.

A destroyed roof in Houston area. / Reuters

Thousands of people in the Houston area faced sweltering heat without power on May.18 following severe storms that claimed at least seven lives, according to local media and the National Weather Service.

The NWS predicted temperatures around 90 degrees (32.2 C) and warned residents in a post on the X social media platform of the threat of heat stroke, saying "Don't overdo yourself" as they continued cleaning up from May.16 night's storms.

Storms packing winds of up to 100 mph (161 kph) tore through the region, damaging homes and buildings, felling power lines and leaving more than 800,000 people without electricity, according to local media.

A tornado touched down near the suburb of Cypress, shattering trees and windows and strewing debris, local media said.

As of May.18 morning, more than 500,000 people in the region still were without power, according to PowerOutage.us, a website that aggregates electricity outage data from utilities across the United States.

President Joe Biden on May.17 issued a major disaster declaration for seven Texas counties, making residents and businesses eligible for federal assistance.

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