Selena Quintanilla Wikimedia Commons

As hurricane Beryl approached Texas, the state inhabitants prepared for its impact, including the Quintanilla family, who decided to close the doors of the Selena Quintanilla Museum in Corpus Christi.

The storm arrived last night in Texas as a Category 1 hurricaneafter hitting the Eastern Caribbean as a Category 5 with winds reaching up to 160 mph. It caused extensive damage and resulted in at least 11 fatalities across several islands, including significant destruction in Carriacou, Grenada, and the Grenadine Islands.

CenterPoint Energy officials said that at least 2.7 million people in the Houston area were without power. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, acting governor while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is out of the country, said crews cannot get out to fix power lines until the wind dies.

Beryl was the earliest storm to become a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic in any season, causing 11 deaths across Venezuela, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, and Barbados. It also hit Mexico as a Category 2 hurricane, strong enough to topple trees but not causing injuries or deaths before weakening for the first time.

The Selena Quintanilla Museum

The Selena Quintanilla Museum in Corpus Christi, Texas, announced its closure in preparation for the storm. This precautionary measure comes as residents and officials prepare for possible flooding, power outages, and other storm-related disruptions. The museum, dedicated to the late Tejano music star, is a significant cultural landmark, and its closure highlights the seriousness of the approaching storm.

The Selena Quintanilla Museum is a heartfelt tribute to the late Tejano music queen Selena Quintanilla-Pérez. Managed by her family, the museum showcases a vast collection of Selena's memorabilia, including her dazzling stage costumes, awards, photographs, and even her beloved red Porsche.

Selena Quintanilla Museum in the path of Beryl
Courtesy Texas Historical Comission

At the moment, flood warnings are in effect along the coast with top sustained winds of 80 miles per hour, leading to the cancellation of 1,000 flights at Houston's two airports
Two people have been killed by falling trees, said officials in Harris County, which includes Houston.

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