More than 500,000 homes and businesses in Texas are without power due to powerful storms




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Millions of people in Texas are without power and many could remain in the dark for days after a deadly and deadly storm tore through the state on Tuesday and into the holiday weekend, leaving people to pick up the pieces of devastated homes and businesses amid uncomfortably hot weather.

More than 500,000 electric customers in Texas were without power as of Tuesday night, according to Poweroutage.us, including more than 240,000 in Dallas County alone.

Both Houston and Dallas were hit by hurricane-force winds on Tuesday, where strong storms left streets flooded, trees and power lines toppled and some buildings collapsed. At least eight people have died in the state since Saturday as severe weather lashed the region over Memorial Day weekend.

This violent weather is the latest in a series of severe storms to hit Texas in recent weeks, leaving residents with little time to recover from one storm before another arrives at their doorstep.

The heat will ease after a blistering heatwave in Texas this week, but people without electricity or a reliable way to cool off could still be at risk for dangerous heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Temperatures will range from the 80s to the 90s in East Texas on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins warned people to be prepared to be without power for several days, as a regional power company reported massive damage to its infrastructure. The power company, Oncor, shared photos of damaged power poles, bent power lines and massive downed trees.

There was also widespread disruption in the Dallas County primary on Tuesday, as more than a third of voting centers went dark, according to Jenkins.

“Check on your friends, family and neighbors, especially the elderly,” Dallas County officials advised. “Do not remove debris yet as there may be hidden power lines that may still be active.”

Esmeralda Martinez, who lives in the Dallas suburb of Carrollton, is among those now scouring homes that have been reduced to piles of wet rubble and jagged wooden beams, CNN affiliate WFAA reports. She and her family have been sheltering in a hallway as the storm blew off the roof, damaging every room in her home and soaking their belongings.

Across the street, Javon Holloway and his grandmother are thankful their home escaped more serious damage. Neighbors are also thankful no one was hurt.

“Don't take your home for granted. That's all I would say. Be grateful for what you've got,” Holloway told WFAA.

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth said storms continued across northern and central Texas Tuesday night and are expected to continue through Wednesday morning. After a brief respite, another round of powerful storms will return to the same region Thursday evening, bringing the threat of large hail, damaging winds and localized flooding to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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The roof was blown off a home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area due to the storm on Tuesday.

Houston-area residents are facing an all-too-familiar feeling as they inspect fresh layers of damage wrought by Tuesday’s storms — two weeks after a derecho and tornadoes ravaged the city, killing several people and knocking out power to nearly 1 million homes and businesses.

Although 99% of power had been restored by last week, more than 300,000 homes and businesses remained damaged. Tuesday's storm caused power outages in the Houston area, according to regional utility company CenterPoint Energy. As of 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 120,000 of its customers were still in the dark.

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CenterPoint Energy workers work to repair damaged lines after a severe storm caused widespread damage on May 18 in Houston, Texas.

The latest severe weather has also disrupted some of the city's ongoing recovery process, after a mid-May storm blanketed streets with trees and debris, broke skyscraper windows and damaged buildings.

That damage hadn't fully healed when Tuesday's storm hit, re-scattering the piles of debris that crews had been collecting from the streets and sending another barrage of broken window glass into downtown Houston, according to CNN affiliates KTRK and KHOU.

CNN's Andy Rose and Raja Razeq contributed to this report.


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