United States: four dead during a storm in Houston

United States: four dead during a storm in Houston
United States: four dead during a storm in Houston

Four dead in ‘exceptional’ storm in Houston

Published today at 7:55 a.m.

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Four people died Thursday in Houston, the fourth most populous city in the United States, during an “exceptional storm” that caused significant property damage, massive power outages and falling trees, announced the mayor.

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“Unfortunately, we have four deaths,” John Whitmire, the mayor of this Texas city, said in an interview with local television channel Fox 26.

Although the circumstances of these deaths are not yet known, they could be “mainly due to falling trees or people trapped in their cars,” Mr. Whitmire said.

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Gusts of 160 km/h

“We had significant damage to downtown office buildings, which lost their windows. More than 800,000 families are without electricity,” he added, describing this storm as “exceptional”.

Schools in this city of 2.4 million inhabitants will be closed on Friday.

Images broadcast by local television channels and on social networks show how under the power of the wind gusts, which reached up to 160 km/h, trees and electrical poles fell and windows of buildings were shattered.

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