What Houston looked like from space before the derecho storm and after

NASA Earth shared images showing how much power was out in the city after Thursday's storm.

what houston looked like from space before the derecho storm and after
what houston looked like from space before the derecho storm and after
Credit: NASA Earth These photos show what the Houston area looked like before the derecho storm on Thursday and after. Nearly 1M people lost power as it blew through.

HOUSTON — When a derecho storm blew across the Houston area, including the heart of downtown, it brought winds of 100 miles per hour in some spots.

The devastating storm knocked out power to nearly one million CenterPoint customers, damaged infrastructure and spawned two tornadoes that leveled homes and buildings.

On Thursday, NASA Earth put some perspective on just how much of the Houston area lost power with Thursday’s storms with a post on X.  It shows what Houston looked like from space before the storms and then what it looked like after.  In the after image, it showed large portions of the city in the dark.

A strong and long-lasting band of storms, called a derecho, brought tornadoes and destructive winds to Houston on May 16.

Power outages were widespread enough to be noticeable in these nighttime satellite images by the @nasa-@noaa Suomi NPP. https://t.co/pSwOzEIqLX pic.twitter.com/0bKZewSewQ

— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) May 23, 2024

CenterPoint Energy and crews that were called in from outside of Houston spent days knocking down the number of outages and as of 1:20 p.m. Thursday, there were still 20,200 without power.

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