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Houston: The chaos inflicted by the remains of Hurricane Harvey played out across an enormous swath of Texas, most conspicuously in this metropolitan area of 6.6 million that has long been used to major storms blowing in off the Gulf of Mexico, but that has seldom, if ever, faced a scene quite like this one.
Hurricane Harvey Category 4 Status Storm
The storm, which made landfall late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane, has so far left five people reported dead, many others injured and untold numbers of homes and businesses flooded, damaged or destroyed on both the coast and far further inland. Even the National Weather Service seemed overwhelmed by the scope of the devastation.
At a news conference in Houston on Monday morning, Mayor Sylvester Turner said that 5,500 people had been taken in by the city’s shelters and that he expected that number to rise “exponentially,” adding that close to 300 people had been recovered in water rescues since midnight.
Speaking with the city’s police and fire chiefs and other officials, Mr. Turner said that the city’s goal on Monday was to reach all remaining people facing immediate danger, even as he stressed that officials were facing a quickly changing situation that was bound to frustrate residents.
More Rainfall to Come
For a vast swath of southeast Texas, there may be more trouble in the days ahead. The National Weather Service said the storm was expected to linger for a number of days. It predicted an additional 15 to 25 inches of rainfall along the upper Texas coast and southwest Louisiana through Friday. The service also raised the possibility of 50 inches of total rainfall in some areas, exceeding previous Texas records.
(Time Magazine)The nation’s fourth-largest city was still largely paralyzed, and there was no relief in sight from the storm that spun into Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, then parked itself over the Gulf Coast. With nearly 2 feet of rain still expected, authorities worried whether the worst was yet to come.
Water gushed from two reservoirs overwhelmed by Hurricane Harvey as officials sought to release pressure on two dams that were at risk of failing from the immense floodwaters that have filled the city. The move aimed at protecting the downtown business district risked flooding thousands more homes.
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As Harvey’s waters rise, so do panic levels, rescuer says – CNN Swollen rivers in east Texas aren’t expected to crest until later this week, but federal officials are already predicting the deadly Tropical Storm Harvey will drive 30,000 people into shelters and spur 450,000 victims to seek some sort of disaster …
Hurricane Harvey slams auto industry – CNBC With hundreds of auto dealerships closed and vehicle imports slowing down, or in some cases stopping completely, Hurricane Harvey is slamming the brakes on the auto industry in southeastern Texas. By extension, the entire industry will feel the impact …
Where is Harvey now; where will it go next? – USA TODAY Tropical Storm Harvey, now drifting near the Texas coast about 40 miles east-northeast of Port O’Connor, is forecast to move back into the Gulf of Mexico today, the National Hurricane Center said. It will meander over the Gulf for a couple of days …
Already Flooded, Houston Braces As 2 Swollen Reservoirs Are Opened – NPR Updated 2:20 p.m. ET. In Houston, reservoirs swollen by rain from Hurricane Harvey were opened early Monday, a move that was expected to flood more homes — but one that the Army Corps of Engineers says is needed to limit the scope of the disaster …