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Hurricane Harvey Strongest Storm To Hit US In Over A Decade

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Tropical Storm Harvey strengthened into a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico last week and made landfall northeast of Corpus Christi, Tex., around 9:45 p.m. on Friday. It was a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour. It then moved offshore before making landfall again on the shore of Copano Bay, this time as a Category 3 hurricane.

It brought devastating amounts of rain to an area that includes some of Texas’ most populous cities. It stretched along the state’s Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi to Houston, and inland to Austin and San Antonio. Parts of Louisiana were also expecting heavy rain.

At least five people have been killed and more than a dozen injured. Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, has been inundated. Unlike many other cities in the hurricane’s path, Houston did not order evacuations before the storm, and countless residents were trapped in flooding homes.

People fled to higher floors, and then to roofs; the Coast Guard rescued dozens. Chief Art Acevedo of the Houston Police Department warned residents not to take shelter in their attics “unless you have an ax or means to break through onto your roof.” Emergency dispatchers were overwhelmed, and some people began pleading for help on social media. Many people shared an image of nursing home residents sitting in waist-high waters before they were rescued.

Homeless Houstonians endured a night of terror as Harvey pounded the city from Saturday into Sunday. All across the state, dramatic rescues unfolded.

Houston’s health care infrastructure struggled to treat storm victims. The brutal storm is also putting the brakes on the area’s recent economic upswing.

Here is a Times video of the flooding and some of the most powerful photos of the devastation. Clifford Krauss, a Times reporter who lives in Houston, filed a dispatch from his flooded home.

In parts of Texas where the worst had passed, residents were trying to assess the damage.

What set Harvey apart was its rain. The downpour has been torrential and unceasing. Once the storm made landfall, it essentially stalled. Roads in Houston and elsewhere were turned into raging rivers. The rain was not expected to let up for days.

By the time the storm ends, some areas may see more than 50 inches of rain, forecasters said.

“This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced,” the National Weather Service tweeted Sunday morning.

Source : NY TIMESBored At Work

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