1,300 flights canceled due to Hurricane Beryl

More than 1,300 flights were canceled and hundreds more delayed Monday in Houston and Dallas as Hurricane Beryl crossed Texas, bringing flooding rains and heavy winds.

About 80 percent of the flights scheduled from Houston’s two airports were canceled on Monday, as were more than 70 percent of the flights schedule to arrive there, according to FlightAware.

At Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, more than 400 arriving and departing flights were delayed.

Beryl first hit near Matagorda, Texas, just before 4 a.m. as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of about 80 mph. It has since weakened to a tropical storm since making landfall, though it brought significant flooding and wind damage to parts of Texas.

More than 1.5 million people in Houston were without power Monday due to the storm, according to the city’s electric utility, and storm surges across the state made beaches dangerous and flooded coastal structures.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) warned Monday that Beryl is “not a one-day event,” saying that flooding is likely to last as the storm continues to bring rain. Power crews have been unable to make repairs due to long-lasting high winds, he said.

Houston could see up to a foot of rain, according to AccuWeather’s forecast.

At least two people have been killed so far in Texas due to the storm, state officials said.

Beryl, the first hurricane of the season, became the earliest storm ever to reach Category 5 in the Atlantic. It battered the Windward Islands in the southern Caribbean and Jamaica before making landfall in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula on Friday as a Category 2 storm.

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