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Illegally brewed liquor kills at least 34 with dozens hospitalized in southern India
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Illegally brewed liquor kills at least 34 with dozens hospitalized in southern India

2024-06-20 22:20 Last Updated At:06-21 04:00

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 34 people have died and dozens hospitalized after drinking illegally brewed liquor in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, local media reported on Thursday.

The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

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Bodies of a married couple, both of whom died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, are brought for cremation in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 34 people have died and dozens hospitalized after drinking illegally brewed liquor in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, local media reported on Thursday.

Children wear ceremonial clothes as they wait for the cremation of their parents, both of whom died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Children wear ceremonial clothes as they wait for the cremation of their parents, both of whom died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Funeral pyres burn at a mass cremation for people, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Funeral pyres burn at a mass cremation for people, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A boy with his head shaved lights the funeral pyre of his father, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A boy with his head shaved lights the funeral pyre of his father, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A boy with his head shaved prays before lighting the funeral pyre of his father, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A boy with his head shaved prays before lighting the funeral pyre of his father, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Men lower a coffin into a grave pit to bury a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Men lower a coffin into a grave pit to bury a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Men lower a coffin into a grave pit to bury a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Men lower a coffin into a grave pit to bury a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries over a casket containing his body, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries over a casket containing his body, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A man stands next to piles of wood arranged for the mass cremation of people, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A man stands next to piles of wood arranged for the mass cremation of people, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Relatives of a person, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cry, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Relatives of a person, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cry, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Relatives of a married couple, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, stand next to the caskets containing their bodies, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Relatives of a married couple, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, stand next to the caskets containing their bodies, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries at home in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries at home in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries next to the casket containing his body in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries next to the casket containing his body in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries over a casket containing his body in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries over a casket containing his body in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Relatives of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, walk in a funeral procession for his burial in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Relatives of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, walk in a funeral procession for his burial in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

The incident occurred in the state's Kallakurichi district, where more than 100 people are being treated in various hospitals, top district official M S Prasanth said. He added that the number of those who are in critical condition keeps changing, suggesting that the death toll could rise.

Ambulances, doctors and specialists from nearby areas were deployed to the district.

Government officials earlier said several people who were vomiting and had stomach pain were admitted to hospitals Wednesday, triggering a police investigation.

Later that day, Stalin, the chief minister, said in a post on social media platform X that those involved in the crime have been arrested, and action has also been taken against officials who failed to prevent it. “Such crimes that ruin the society will be suppressed with an iron fist,” he added.

Deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are common in India, where the poor cannot afford licensed brands from government-run shops. The illicit liquor, which is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase potency, has also become a hugely profitable industry as bootleggers pay no taxes and sell enormous quantities of their product to the poor at a cheap rate.

In 2022, more than 30 people died in eastern India's Bihar state after allegedly drinking tainted liquor sold without authorization. Earlier that same year, at least 28 died from drinking altered liquor in Gujarat state. And in 2020, at least 120 people died after drinking tainted liquor in India’s northern Punjab state.

Bodies of a married couple, both of whom died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, are brought for cremation in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Bodies of a married couple, both of whom died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, are brought for cremation in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Children wear ceremonial clothes as they wait for the cremation of their parents, both of whom died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Children wear ceremonial clothes as they wait for the cremation of their parents, both of whom died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Funeral pyres burn at a mass cremation for people, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Funeral pyres burn at a mass cremation for people, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A boy with his head shaved lights the funeral pyre of his father, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A boy with his head shaved lights the funeral pyre of his father, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A boy with his head shaved prays before lighting the funeral pyre of his father, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A boy with his head shaved prays before lighting the funeral pyre of his father, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Men lower a coffin into a grave pit to bury a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Men lower a coffin into a grave pit to bury a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Men lower a coffin into a grave pit to bury a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Men lower a coffin into a grave pit to bury a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries over a casket containing his body, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries over a casket containing his body, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A man stands next to piles of wood arranged for the mass cremation of people, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A man stands next to piles of wood arranged for the mass cremation of people, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Relatives of a person, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cry, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Relatives of a person, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cry, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Relatives of a married couple, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, stand next to the caskets containing their bodies, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Relatives of a married couple, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, stand next to the caskets containing their bodies, in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries at home in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries at home in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries next to the casket containing his body in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries next to the casket containing his body in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries over a casket containing his body in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

A relative of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, cries over a casket containing his body in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Relatives of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, walk in a funeral procession for his burial in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

Relatives of a man, who died after drinking illegally brewed liquor, walk in a funeral procession for his burial in Kallakurichi district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India, Thursday, June 20, 2024. The state's chief minister M K Stalin said the 34 died after consuming liquor that was tainted with methanol, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan)

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Vacuums sucked the water out of the seaside inn run by Nick Gaido’s family in Galveston since 1911 as power was still spotty nearly one week after a resurgent Hurricane Beryl swept into Texas. Blue tarp covered much of the torn off roof. Gaido scheduled cleanup shifts for the hotel and restaurant staff who couldn’t afford to lose shifts to the enduring outages.

The July 4th weekend was supposed to kickstart a lucrative tourism season for this popular getaway’s hospitality industry. But just dozens dotted the typically crowded beaches one week later. Gaido felt an urgent need to send the message that Galveston, Texas, is back open.

“We’ve dealt with storms in late August or in September,” Gaido said. “But when you have a storm that hits in the beginning of July, that’s different.”

Galveston — about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Houston — has certainly weathered its share of natural disasters. Etched into its collective memory is the fury of a 1900 hurricane that killed thousands back when the island was emerging as a crown jewel for the state. More recently, Hurricane Ike’s 2008 wrath flooded its historic downtown with storm surge as high as 20 feet and caused more than $29 billion in damage.

Yet even greater Houston’s storm-seasoned neighbors got taken off guard by Beryl’s sudden arrival. Crashing unusually early in the calendar, the Category 1 hurricane brought the island’s tourism-based economy to a halt during a time when local restaurants rely on an influx of beachgoers to lift revenues. Despite the widespread power outage, businesses and residents are buckling down.

In the harder-hit west side of Jamaica Beach, Way West Grill and Pizzeria was still without electricity on Saturday afternoon. Owner Jake Vincent felt stuck in limbo: he had heard power would return by July 19 but had hope it might come sooner.

The loss ruined his entire inventory. He said enough mozzarella cheese to fill the back of his truck had gone to waste. Also spoiled was an 8-foot chest full of fries and an estimated 3,000 pounds of pepperonis.

Vincent no longer expects much from a year he had anticipated would finally bring “daylight” for his family-run restaurant founded in 2018. He said most of their annual sales come during the three summer months and that “this tourism season is probably done for.”

“It complicates things,” he said. “You bank all your summer money to get through the winter.”

Downed cables and orange construction cones could be found along the road linking the touristy strand’s seafood shacks to the west end’s colorful short-term rentals. Crews from Houston-area utility CenterPoint stood atop lifts, sweating as they restored line after line.

Still without power Saturday morning, Greg Alexander raked debris to the edge of the street in his Jamaica Beach neighborhood. Despite sleeping in a balcony-level room in a house already raised high off the ground, he said water poured into the windows. Beryl’s horizontal winds blew rain right onto his bed.

It’s just a part of life here for Alexander. His family moved full-time to Galveston in 2017 after he said Hurricane Harvey dumped 38 inches of water into their Lake City (mainland?) home. Without power, he said they’ve been “appreciating our car’s air conditioning more than ever.”

He doesn’t plan to leave. He said trials only strengthen the community.

“People on the west end aren’t like everybody else,” he said.

Steve Broom and Debra Pease still lacked power on Saturday but had been beating the heat elsewhere. Broom said they’d already booked a hotel in Houston this week so his daughter could use the Galveston beach house where they’ve lived full-time for about five years. They spent only the first night in Galveston and opted to sleep the rest of the week in their nonrefundable room.

Steve Broom, 72, said he had never seen a hurricane come as early or increase as quickly as Beryl. Still, he joked that just one factor could force him to move off the island where he grew up.

“If they wipe out all these houses, then we’ll be front row and our property value will probably double or triple,” he said, before clarifying: “No, I hope that doesn’t happen.”

Anne Beem and her husband come every July from San Antonio to celebrate their birthdays. For her, the aftermath has been far worse than the hurricane itself.

They enjoyed a nice breeze with the windows open after the storm passed Monday. But she said Tuesday night brought “mosquito-geddon.” Hundreds of bugs filled the house so they slept in their car with the air conditioning blasting.

She said they also bought a kiddie pool to cool off before the power came back Thursday night.

“We just tried to look at it as an adventure,” she said. “Each day was some fresh hell.”

Beachgoers toss a football in the waves as a beachfront wedding is prepared on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Beachgoers toss a football in the waves as a beachfront wedding is prepared on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A lineman repairs a power line on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A lineman repairs a power line on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Utility poles lean toward FM 3005 on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Utility poles lean toward FM 3005 on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Full time Galveston Island residents Debra Pease and Steve Broom pose underneath their bright peach island home while visiting to assess damage on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The couple had coincidentally booked a hotel stay in Houston the week after Hurricane Beryl but will return to the island on Sunday to wait for power to be restored. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Full time Galveston Island residents Debra Pease and Steve Broom pose underneath their bright peach island home while visiting to assess damage on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The couple had coincidentally booked a hotel stay in Houston the week after Hurricane Beryl but will return to the island on Sunday to wait for power to be restored. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Way West Grill & Pizzeria owner Jake Vincent takes a moment to reflect inside his empty, dark restaurant on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Amidst the challenges, Vincent was quick to name several people and companies in the community who have helped his family and staff while they patiently wait for power to be restored. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Way West Grill & Pizzeria owner Jake Vincent takes a moment to reflect inside his empty, dark restaurant on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Amidst the challenges, Vincent was quick to name several people and companies in the community who have helped his family and staff while they patiently wait for power to be restored. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Way West Grill & Pizzeria owner Jake Vincent looks over the dozen empty freezers and refrigerators inside his restaurant on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. He had just received a large shipment of food for the Fourth of July holiday and after low sales and the hurricane, was forced to throw away hundreds of pounds of food. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Way West Grill & Pizzeria owner Jake Vincent looks over the dozen empty freezers and refrigerators inside his restaurant on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. He had just received a large shipment of food for the Fourth of July holiday and after low sales and the hurricane, was forced to throw away hundreds of pounds of food. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Way West Grill & Pizzeria owner Jake Vincent describes the amount of loss his restaurant and staff have suffered after being without power since Monday on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Vincent estimates it will take three days reopen once power is restored, although he has no idea when that will happen. Vincent worries for his staff, most of whom are family members. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Way West Grill & Pizzeria owner Jake Vincent describes the amount of loss his restaurant and staff have suffered after being without power since Monday on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Vincent estimates it will take three days reopen once power is restored, although he has no idea when that will happen. Vincent worries for his staff, most of whom are family members. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A lineman from Indiana repairs a power line on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A lineman from Indiana repairs a power line on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Gaido's staff gather for a meeting before opening its dining room for the first time in six days after Hurricane Beryl damaged power lines on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Owner Nick Gaido prepared employees for a slow opening as visitors to the island have dropped and reminded staff to be vigilant in ensuring the quality of every dish they serve. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Gaido's staff gather for a meeting before opening its dining room for the first time in six days after Hurricane Beryl damaged power lines on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Owner Nick Gaido prepared employees for a slow opening as visitors to the island have dropped and reminded staff to be vigilant in ensuring the quality of every dish they serve. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A generator powers cleaning equipment at Gaido's Seaside Inn on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. As of Saturday, power was restored to part of the hotel. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A generator powers cleaning equipment at Gaido's Seaside Inn on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. As of Saturday, power was restored to part of the hotel. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Dozens of workers on continue to restore Gaido's Seaside Inn on every level of the building on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Galveston business owners are doing everything they can to reopen establishments for both visitors and their employees. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Dozens of workers on continue to restore Gaido's Seaside Inn on every level of the building on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Galveston business owners are doing everything they can to reopen establishments for both visitors and their employees. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A sign informs visitors of closure at the Gaido's Seaside Inn on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The hotel sustained significant roof damage from Hurricane Beryl and continued power issues almost a week after the storm. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A sign informs visitors of closure at the Gaido's Seaside Inn on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The hotel sustained significant roof damage from Hurricane Beryl and continued power issues almost a week after the storm. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Dr. Lee Grumbles leads a quick closing recap for volunteers and medical students with The Luke Society Clinic on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The Luke Society serves uninsured residents while also supporting medical students at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston who make up a large part of the weekly volunteer team. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Dr. Lee Grumbles leads a quick closing recap for volunteers and medical students with The Luke Society Clinic on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The Luke Society serves uninsured residents while also supporting medical students at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston who make up a large part of the weekly volunteer team. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Volunteer pharmacist Sharon Metyko demonstrates how to use an inhaler for a patient on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Metyko serves with The Luke Society Clinic and helps distribute prescriptions for the uninsured community in Galveston Island. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Volunteer pharmacist Sharon Metyko demonstrates how to use an inhaler for a patient on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Metyko serves with The Luke Society Clinic and helps distribute prescriptions for the uninsured community in Galveston Island. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Dr. Lee Grumbles speaks with a patient regarding her checkup on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Dr. Grumbles joined The Luke Society after retiring from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and has been helping serve Galveston Island's uninsured population for 10 years. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Dr. Lee Grumbles speaks with a patient regarding her checkup on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Dr. Grumbles joined The Luke Society after retiring from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and has been helping serve Galveston Island's uninsured population for 10 years. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Tony Franco walks along hundreds of square feet of damaged roof Gaido's Seaside Inn of Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Approximately one hundred workers were on site to restore the three large establishments affected under the Gaido's, Inc. umbrella - the hotel, Nick's Kitchen and Beach Bar and the iconic Gaido's restaurant. After power was restored to parts of the property. Gaido's restaurant expected a very slow re-opening in its dining room after being closed for six days. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Tony Franco walks along hundreds of square feet of damaged roof Gaido's Seaside Inn of Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Approximately one hundred workers were on site to restore the three large establishments affected under the Gaido's, Inc. umbrella - the hotel, Nick's Kitchen and Beach Bar and the iconic Gaido's restaurant. After power was restored to parts of the property. Gaido's restaurant expected a very slow re-opening in its dining room after being closed for six days. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Attendees and volunteers circle up for a prayer after breakfast was served by the Galveston Street Ministry on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The free breakfast happens every Saturday morning on the island in conjunction with a free medical clinic by The Luke Society Clinic. The morning's heavy rains may have prevented more participants from joining as leaders of each organization checked in on the community they serve. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Attendees and volunteers circle up for a prayer after breakfast was served by the Galveston Street Ministry on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. The free breakfast happens every Saturday morning on the island in conjunction with a free medical clinic by The Luke Society Clinic. The morning's heavy rains may have prevented more participants from joining as leaders of each organization checked in on the community they serve. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A man wheels a portable generator across the empty parking lot of Gaido's Seaside Inn on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A man wheels a portable generator across the empty parking lot of Gaido's Seaside Inn on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Amanda Scroggins, center, sits as Aaron Lee takes her blood pressure on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Lee is a second year medical student at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and volunteers with The Luke Society Clinic, an organization that provides a weekly healthcare clinic to uninsured residents. Clinic personnel were anxious to check in with people they serve after Hurricane Beryl ravaged different parts of the island. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Amanda Scroggins, center, sits as Aaron Lee takes her blood pressure on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Lee is a second year medical student at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and volunteers with The Luke Society Clinic, an organization that provides a weekly healthcare clinic to uninsured residents. Clinic personnel were anxious to check in with people they serve after Hurricane Beryl ravaged different parts of the island. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Linemen repair power lines on Jamaica Beach Road the west beach of Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Linemen repair power lines on Jamaica Beach Road the west beach of Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Linemen place a new fiberglass utility pole to replace older, leaning wooden poles along FM 3005 on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Linemen place a new fiberglass utility pole to replace older, leaning wooden poles along FM 3005 on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A man takes advantage of calm waters as he paddle boards in front of the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

A man takes advantage of calm waters as he paddle boards in front of the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Work continues on the roof of Gaido's restaurant in preparation for opening for diners for the first time since Hurricane Beryl landed on Galveston Island six days prior on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Work continues on the roof of Gaido's restaurant in preparation for opening for diners for the first time since Hurricane Beryl landed on Galveston Island six days prior on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Fisherman take advantage of calm waters on a jetty perpendicular to the Galveston seawall on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Fisherman take advantage of calm waters on a jetty perpendicular to the Galveston seawall on Galveston Island on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Restauranteur Nick Gaido recounts both the challenges of hurricane aftermath and how the island community is helping each other after Hurricane Beryl landed on Galveston Island almost a week ago on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Restauranteur Nick Gaido recounts both the challenges of hurricane aftermath and how the island community is helping each other after Hurricane Beryl landed on Galveston Island almost a week ago on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Workers complete final repairs on the dining room at Gaido's as the iconic restaurant prepared staff to open for the first time in six days on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Workers complete final repairs on the dining room at Gaido's as the iconic restaurant prepared staff to open for the first time in six days on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Work continues on the roof of Gaido's restaurant in preparation for opening for diners for the first time since Hurricane Beryl landed on Galveston Island six days prior on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

Work continues on the roof of Gaido's restaurant in preparation for opening for diners for the first time since Hurricane Beryl landed on Galveston Island six days prior on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Annie Mulligan)

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