Hurricane Beryl makes landfall. How are Texas districts responding?

More than 1.5 million customers lost power in Houston, Texas early Monday morning. In preparation, these school districts chose to remain closed.

Hurricane Beryl made its way toward the Lone Star State Sunday night and early Monday morning, and it’s forcing dozens of districts to close in preparation for its potential threat.

At the time of this report, areas like Freeport, Texas were experiencing wind gusts of 94 mph, CNN reports, and nearly 80% of flights at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport have been canceled. When Hurricane Beryl made landfall in Texas just before 4 a.m., Monday morning, it was labeled a Category 1 hurricane.

Local and national news reports have shared the list of districts that have closed operations for the day to keep students and employees safe amid the storm. According to Newsweekthese Texas school districts remained closed on Monday:

  • Aldine ISD: “We urge staff and families to stay safe and prepare for the incoming weather event, and to exercise extreme caution while traveling on the roadways,” the district said in a statement.
  • Alief ISD
  • Brazosport ISD
  • Clear Creek ISD
  • Cleveland ISD: “Out of an abundance of caution due to the forecasted weather conditions for the greater Houston area, all Cleveland ISD campuses and facilities will be CLOSED on Monday, July 8th,” the district said in a statement. “This includes all summer activities, training, workshops and professional development events.”
  • Conroe ISD
  • Crosby ISD
  • Cy-Fair ISD
  • Dickinson ISD
  • Fort Bend ISD
  • Friendswood ISD
  • Galena Park ISD
  • Galveston ISD
  • Hitchcock ISD
  • Houston ISD
  • Humble ISD
  • Katy ISD
  • Lamar Consolidated ISD
  • Montgomery ISD
  • Pearland ISD
  • Royal ISD
  • Santa Fe ISD
  • Spring ISD
  • Spring Branch ISD
  • Texas City ISD
  • Tomball ISD
  • Waller ISD

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Beryl’s damaging impact

So far, the storm has cut power for more than 1.5 million customers in the Houston area alone, energy company CenterPoint Energy reports. At least 11 people died as it barreled through parts of the Caribbean last week, The Washington Post reports.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Beryl remained a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph as it reached Houston. The city has also received three to six inches of rain while expecting another two to four, according to the National Weather Service.

“Steady to rapid weakening” is anticipated as the hurricane’s center moves inland, the Hurricane Center reported. It’s expected to weaken as a tropical storm later Monday and will likely become a tropical depression on Tuesday.

Micah Ward
Micah Ward
Micah Ward is a District Administration staff writer. He recently earned his master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Alabama. He spent his time during graduate school working on his master’s thesis. He’s also a self-taught guitarist who loves playing folk-style music.

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