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Cleanup Efforts Compromised in Houston as Temperatures Soar

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Mother Nature is not going to do any favors for residents of Houston trying to clean up after Thursday's deadly storms. At least four fatalities have been confirmed in the city after a rash of storms roared through the metro area late Thursday into Friday. In addition to the fatalities, power was knocked out to over 1 million people in the region at the height of the storm. Increasing temperatures and humidity levels will combine to deliver a one-two punch to the city and beyond. Here is what you need to know about the forecast.

Deadly Storms Followed Up With Heat and Humidity in Houston

A round of powerful thunderstorms left quite a mess across portions of Louisiana and Texas to end the work week. Meteorologists are now warning that the upcoming weather pattern will inevitably slow the cleanup process through the weekend and beyond.

The city of Houston was hit particularly hard by these storms that fired up on Thursday evening. Glass fell down to the streets after high winds knocked out windows across the downtown area. Houston Mayor John Whitmire said that winds hit speeds of up to 100 mph in the city during the peak of the storm. It is not surprising that winds of this magnitude triggered widespread power outages.

The situation is not going to get any better as the mercury inches upward in the wake of the storms. Those without power will be left to swelter in the heat due to a lack of air conditioning. As of the middle of the day Friday, there were still over 770,000 customers in the dark in the region.

The bulk of the power outages are centered across southeastern Texas. For instance, over 690,000 outages have been prepared in Harris County, home to Houston. Neighboring Louisiana is reporting about 90,000 customers without power.


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