Seven dead in Houston amid devastating storm including cement truck driver, 73, crushed to death by falling crane

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By Ishita Srivastava For Dailymail.Com

Published: 01:38 EDT, 18 May 2024 | Updated: 01:53 EDT, 18 May 2024

Seven group person died including a cement motortruck driver owed to nan hurricane-force winds, terrible storms and rains that person destroyed Houston this week. 

According to reports, a 72-year-old man has died aft being crushed by a falling crane owed to to nan devastating disaster. 

Officers explained: 'They did everything they could. Obviously, a batch of dense instrumentality to effort to get group out. But prayers for their families. A immense tragic event.'

Although Houston Mayor John Whitmire confirmed successful a news convention that four group had died successful nan metropolis connected May 16, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez later said that location were 3 much victims successful unincorporated Harris County. 

According to reports, a 72-year-old man has died aft being crushed by a falling crane owed to to nan devastating disaster

Rain blows successful from nan windows arsenic a terrible thunderstorm deed earlier a shot crippled betwixt nan Oakland Athletics and nan Houston Astros astatine Minute Maid Park 

Louisiana thoroughfare is closed to postulation arsenic workers clear debris from shattered windows from nan Wells Fargo Plaza building successful Houston

The 3 deaths included a man who collapsed while trying to move a downed powerfulness pole, a female who was recovered dormant successful a trailer aft lightning deed it and caused a occurrence and a man who was recovered dormant aft going to his motortruck to plug successful an oxygen vessel aft nan powerfulness went out. 

Whitmire had antecedently said that 2 people were killed by downed trees and a 3rd died aft a crane toppled over. He did not explain really nan 4th personification died successful nan city.

Describing nan storm, Harris County judge Lina Hidalgo said at a conference: 'This benignant of upwind is thing we person not seen successful Harris County since Hurricane Alicia successful 1983.'

The National Weather Service said that nan large wind peaked astatine 100mph winds successful Houston and location was an EF-1 tornado pinch 110-mph winds successful Cypress. 

People were seen moving for shelter arsenic record-breaking rains autumn complete nan metropolis on pinch debris destroying houses and cars

The National Weather Service said that nan large wind peaked astatine 100mph winds successful Houston and location was an EF-1 tornado pinch 110-mph winds successful Cypress

A damaged building is shown successful nan aftermath of a terrible thunderstorm that passed done downtown successful Houston

Both Whitmire and Hidalgo person reportedly signed disaster declarations that tin increase additional authority and assistance successful nan stricken areas. 

Whitmire has antecedently advised residents to enactment astatine location alternatively of driving into activity and asked only basal workers to make nan vulnerable commute. 

Schools person besides been closed owed to nan wide powerfulness outages and abnormal postulation lights. 

'Stay astatine location tonight, do not spell to activity tomorrow unless you're an basal worker. Stay home, return attraction of your children. 

'Our first responders will beryllium moving astir nan clock,' nan politician told nan panicked public.

A female looks astatine nan harm caused by fallen bricks from a building wall successful Houston

Crews activity to cleanable up debris aft a wall came down successful nan aftermath 

Videos and images show windows being blown retired successful downtown buildings, cranes swaying successful nan wind, group moving for shelter arsenic record-breaking rains autumn complete nan metropolis on pinch debris destroying houses and cars. 

The Houston Fire Department has advised locals to time off their homes instantly and telephone 911 if they smell state successful their house.

According to CBS, 922,000 homes and businesses were affected by nan outages from erstwhile nan large wind peaked. 

CenterPoint Energy officials person said that restoration could take in nan hardest-hit areas could return days


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