Harris County reports multiple deaths from severe Houston storm

A strong storm that hit Houston in May 2024 has caused multiple fatalities, according to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. The storm, marked by high winds and heavy rain, caused significant damage throughout the city and resulted in the deaths of several residents.

Juan Francisco Barrientos Hernandez, a 72-year-old man, died in an accident at 7300 Wingate Street. He suffered multiple blunt force injuries after being struck by a falling crane while occupying a cement truck during the storm.

manuel palace, 39, was murdered at his Main Street residence. The incident involved a tree falling on his house, causing blunt force chest trauma with mechanical asphyxiation. Asphyxiation is a condition caused by lack of oxygen in the body.

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Lydia Guerrero, a 71-year-old woman, was also a victim of the storm. She was struck by a tree branch on Jensen Drive, causing multiple blunt impact injuries.

christina martinez, 31, died after being trapped inside her sport utility vehicle, which was crushed by a falling tree. This incident occurred at 7138 Avenue O and her cause of death was asphyxiation.

At least four other people died during this natural disaster. These deaths highlight the severe impact of the May 2024 storm on Houston. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences has documented these incidents and can be contacted at 832-927-5215 or through its website,, for more information.


As Houston continues to recover from the storm, these incidents serve as a reminder of the dangers posed by severe weather events.