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Biden speaks with Texas officials after storm damage

On Tuesday (9), President Joe Biden said he spoke with Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell about declaring an emergency after Beryl, the first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, left much of Texas without power.

Millions of Americans in southeast Texas faced extremely hot conditions without the relief of air conditioning due to power outages.

“As part of our federal support, we have positioned generators in advance and are mobilizing additional equipment to support outages, which will help Texans as extreme heat approaches,” Biden said in a statement released by the White House.

Declaration of a major disaster

Also on Tuesday, the White House reported that President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Beryl, which hit the state of Texas on Monday (8) as a category one hurricane with winds of more than 120 kilometers per hour, flooding highways, damaging homes and knocking down power lines in its path.

Seven people died in the Texas storm, including two victims who were killed by fallen trees, the Houston Chronicle reported. An eighth person died after a tree struck their home in Louisiana.

The storm, which was expected to weaken rapidly as it moved inland, left destruction and death as it tore through Jamaica, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines last week, killing 11 people before making landfall in Texas.

The remnants of Beryl created a favorable environment for tornadoes along the Ohio River Valley in southern Indiana and northern Kentucky Tuesday afternoon and evening, the National Weather Service reported.

See photos of Beryl’s passage through Texas

Source: CNN Brasil

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