Texans Are Using A Burger App To Discover Where Power Outages Are, And It's Actually Pretty Sad

Houston, Texas, is recovering after Hurricane Beryl impacted the area on Monday.

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Unfortunately, as of Monday, millions of people have lost power.

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CenterPoint is the power provider for the area, and they have a map tracking outages. However, it's currently offline and has been since May.

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So, how can you find out which areas have power?

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Whataburger sign at dusk announcing "THE CHOP HOUSE CHEDDAR BURGER IS BACK" at a street intersection
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The burger chain has many, many locations throughout the Houston metro area, and people are using the app as a makeshift power outage detector.

A Whataburger restaurant with an orange and white roof and a "24 Hour Service" sign. An old pickup truck is parked outside the building
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X user BBQ Bryan appeared to be the first person to notice this capability, saying, "The Whataburger app works as a power outage tracker."

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And yep, it apparently really works.

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As this person said, "Using the Whataburger app to track power outages after a hurricane is probably the most Houston thing I can possibly imagine."

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This person called it the "most US phenomenon in existence."

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And this person called it like it is: "More sad than funny."

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Whataburger commented on its new function, saying, "Well, there's a use for our app we didn't think of!"

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