AUSTIN (KXAN) — Three people in the Houston area died as Hurricane Beryl pushed through Texas on Monday, state leaders said at a press conference.

Authorities said two people died after trees fell on two, separate houses in Harris County. Officials said another person drowned due to the flooding around Houston.


Beryl made landfall Monday around 4 a.m. near Matagorda, Texas, as a Category 1 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. Beryl was downgraded to a tropical storm around 10 a.m. Monday as it moved toward Houston.

State leaders, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, held a press conference Monday afternoon with an update on the state’s response to the now-tropical storm.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is overseas, leading an economic development mission in Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is serving as acting governor while Abbott is out of the country.

The storm knocked out power for more than 2 million people around the Houston area. Beryl brought significant rain to southeast Texas causing flooding across Houston’s roads and bayous.

As of 1 p.m. Monday, Beryl was still a tropical storm moving north to northwest of Houston with sustained winds around 60 mph.

Hundreds of disaster workers flocked to the Texas coast to join several emergency response vehicles, thousands of relief supplies and shelf-stable meals provided by the Red Cross, according to a Monday release.

Red Cross officials reported 125 people stayed in seven evacuation shelters.