Texas Battered By Severe Storms, Over 1 Million Without Power

Strong storms with hurricane-force winds and baseball-sized hail pummeled Texas on Tuesday, leaving one person dead and more than 1 million homes and businesses without power. The severe weather comes just days after deadly storms ravaged the central U.S. during the Memorial Day weekend, claiming at least 24 lives.

The latest round of storms hit the Dallas area with winds up to 77 mph before moving southward to Houston, where George Bush Intercontinental Airport recorded a 75 mph wind gust. The widespread power outages forced dozens of polling places to close during the state’s runoff elections, prompting Dallas County to extend voting hours.

In the Houston suburb of Magnolia, a 16-year-old boy died when a home under construction collapsed during the thunderstorm. The teen, an employee of the construction company, was authorized to be on site, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

The severe weather also wreaked havoc on air travel, with over 600 flights canceled and 900 delayed at Dallas airports alone. Houston’s airports saw more than 530 delays and 75 cancellations.

As Texans grapple with the aftermath of these destructive storms, many communities are still reeling from the loss of life and property during the Memorial Day weekend tornadoes.