“When you factor in not only having no A/C, warmer temperatures, and then also a higher heat index, that increases humidity, that muggy feeling out there, which adds to the uncomfortable feeling,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Knapp. “With the heat index being higher, it can definitely lead to heat stress and heat related illness. It makes it feel like it’s significantly warmer out there than it actually is.”

Miguel Angel Mendez sweeps the front porch next to his family after pulling debris from clogged storm drains caused by Hurricane Beryl on Monday in Houston. The Mendezes lost power after the hurricane brought damaging winds and flood water to the Houston area.

This article was written by  POOJA SALHOTRAEMILY FOXHALL AND ALEJANDRA MARTINEZ of the Texas Tribune .  This article originally appeared at : https://www.texastribune.org/2024/07/09/beryl-texas-houston-power-outages/