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Death toll grows to 8 in severe Houston-area storms

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An eighth person has died in the Houston area following severe weather that lashed the city and surrounding Harris County with 100 mph winds, officials said Monday, and more than 192,000 customers remained without power.


The eighth person died in Houston as the result of carbon monoxide poisoning, Houston Fire Department spokesperson Martee Black.


Fire Chief Samuel Peña on social media Monday called carbon monoxide a silent killer that follows storms, and he warned people to use power generators safely.


The fire department has responded to around 80 carbon monoxide incidents since Thursday’s storms, which tore down trees and power lines and smashed windows in downtown Houston, Peña said, including one call in which four children were hospitalized by the gas given off by a generator.