Harvey: Fears grow over extreme flooding possibility

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Harvey: Fears grow over extreme flooding possibility

Damaged boats in a multi-stage storage facility are considered following passage of Storm Harvey at Rockport (26 August 2017) Portray copyright AFP
Portray caption Rockport was practical among the areas hardest-hit by the storm

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has warned that extreme flooding is his predominant distress because the rains from Tropical Storm Harvey continue to lash the pronounce.

Mr Abbott acknowledged the cities of Houston and Corpus Christi had already obtained as grand as 20in (50cm) of rain.

He acknowledged one other 40in of rain is more seemingly to be due before the storm subsides midweek.

Rescue efforts are being hampered by tough winds and 1000’s are with out vitality. A single demise has to this level been confirmed in the town of Rockport.

Houston, the fourth largest city in the US, might possibly ogle 2in-3in (5cm-7.5cm) of a rain an hour on Saturday night time, Mayor Sylvester Turner acknowledged.

About four,500 inmates from prisons south of Houston are being evacuated to other prisons in east Texas because the Brazos River terminate by is rising tremendously, officials bid.

In photos: Harvey batters Texas

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Portray caption Rockport has no longer been destroyed by the storm however it is in injurious shape

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Portray caption Texas Governor Greg Abbott has warned that flooding in the pronounce is no longer going to proceed overnight

Harvey began as a major class four hurricane – the first to attain landfall in the US in 12 years – before it was downgraded to a tropical storm later on Saturday.

Mr Abbott warned of the “doable for terribly dramatic flooding” from the storm while rising a declaration of emergency in the pronounce from 30 counties to 50.

He has mobilised 1,800 defense power personnel to support with rescue and repair operations.

Forecasts bid that as a lot as 40in (1m) of rain might possibly drop in some areas of the guts and upper Texas waft, the hurricane center (NHC) warned. Such precipitation might possibly space off flooding in low-lying areas and terminate to water shops and rivers.

The National Weather Service cautioned that the storm was so extreme that many areas is more seemingly to be uninhabitable for months.

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Media captionThe BBC’s James Cook is in Rockport, which bore the brunt of the storm

The BBC’s James Cook in Rockport

In the wreckage of Rockport locals are the first responders.

Residents absorb been going door-to-door checking to ogle if their neighbours are listless or alive.

The small town has no longer been destroyed however it is in injurious shape, particularly in the poorer quarters where trailer properties absorb been smashed birth by the wind.

Particles is trailing from the tops of trees and on the porch of 1 modest property a rain-sodden American flag lies on the flooring: a splash of crimson, white and blue amid the inexperienced leaves of fallen trees.

Most folk appear to absorb bought out aesthetic in time with many leaving handiest at the final minute because the fleshy vitality of the storm grew to alter into determined.

The storm has now mostly moved inland, officials bid, with loads of locations already reported to absorb obtained well over 10in of rain.

But coastal areas might possibly even be flooded by storm surges all over high tide, the NHC acknowledged.

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Portray caption Some Rockport residents lost both their properties and their furniture and property

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Portray caption Many buildings in the toddle of the storm – similar to this church – absorb been badly damaged

Meteorologist Wendy Wong toutdated the Houston Memoir that a minimum of seven tornadoes which stemmed from the hurricane had struck the Houston assign between Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

The tornadoes destroyed buildings and properties and are more seemingly to continue all over Sunday and Monday.

Earlier, Harvey made a double landfall: north-east of the city of Corpus Christi first and main late on Friday native time, then aesthetic north of Rockport a few hours later.

When the storm struck terminate to Corpus Christi it had winds of as a lot as 130mph (215km/h), however by 18:00 GMT its sustained winds had dropped to 70mph – therefore changing precise into a tropical storm.

It was provocative at a very low tempo – 2mph.

The port of Corpus Christi – which closed on Thursday in preparation for the storm – handiest obtained “minor hurt”. Its navigation channel is thanks to reopen after a perceive is finished by engineers.

Texas Metropolis also expects to birth its port interior 48 hours.

Utility companies bid simply about 300,000 customers absorb been with out electricity.

President Donald Trump has freed up federal abet for the worst-affected areas and Governor Abbott praised the administration for “stepping up”.

In a teleconference with cupboard participants Mr Trump “emphasised his expectations that every departments and companies defend fully engaged and positioned to provide a scheme terminate to his quantity 1 precedence of saving lives”, the White Home acknowledged.

No lower than 18 folks absorb been rescued from vessels in hurt by Cruise Guard helicopters. ABC News has tweeted a video of four folks being rescued off the waft of Port Aransas.

Rockport, in most cases home to about 10,000 folks, looks to absorb been the hardest hit town.

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Portray caption Households are returning to their properties in Rockport

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Portray caption Tornadoes absorb destroyed buildings and properties and are more seemingly to continue all over Sunday and Monday

Travis Pettis, a reporter with the Caller Times newspaper in Corpus Christi, suggested the BBC that tough winds when the storm arrived made the rain truly feel treasure “needles”.

Trees came down in the city and vitality offers had been cut, however 1000’s of residents had heeded warnings and boarded up their properties before fleeing.

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Media captionTornadoes brought on grand hurt because the hurricane made landfall

Port Aransas, a city on Mustang Island, terminate to Corpus Christi, is also reported to absorb wide hurt. Native media reviews bid a search and rescue operation is underneath strategy at a trailer park.

Harvey is the first predominant storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. It is forecast to walk across south-east Texas till Wednesday.

Mr Trump is more seemingly to debate with Texas early next week, the White Home acknowledged.

The storm is the strongest to hit the US since Charley in August 2004 and the most highly efficient to hit Texas since Storm Carla in 1961, which killed 34 folks, based on the Houston Memoir.

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