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Hurricane Beryl causes utility outages in Texas

Hurricane Beryl has impacted services across Texas as the storm batters the state.

In a statement, Houston Metro said local bus services, METRORapid, METRORail and METROLift will be suspended until 8 a.m. local time on Monday (8). Additionally, all charter bus services will be suspended.

“METRO is committed to ensuring the safety of our customers and employees. Crews will monitor conditions throughout the night and early morning hours, as conditions permit, to restore service as quickly as possible,” the utility said.

Hospital services in the Houston area were also affected by the storm.

Memorial Hermann announced that some locations will be closed Monday or will only offer virtual tours.

Harris Health System announced it will cancel elective procedures and close its outpatient facilities and administrative offices, and that the closures will include all freestanding health centers, outpatient clinics and specialty clinics.

Texas Children’s Hospital announced it will open as scheduled on Monday.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will be open for patient appointments, including surgeries and procedures, at noon Monday.

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston will be closed to outpatient visits on Monday, as will clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Humble, Katy, Richmond, Sugar Land and Tomball. Clinics in Lake Jackson, Galveston and Texas City will be closed July 8-9.

Major Texas ports shut down operations Sunday as the U.S. Coast Guard announced Port Condition Zulu would be implemented ahead of Hurricane Beryl making landfall.

The ports of Houston, Galveston, Freeport and Texas City were affected and forced to take measures including ceasing all cargo and bunkering operations, according to a statement. The Texas ports are a major hub for U.S. crude oil shipments.

Source: CNN Brasil

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