Fears of 'catastrophic' floods as Harvey downgraded to tropical storm

Fears of 'catastrophic' floods as Harvey downgraded to tropical storm

The city of 57,000, devastated in 1900 by the most deadly hurricane in USA history, was spared a direct hit as Harvey made landfall about 200 miles (321 km) south on Friday night as a powerful Category 4 storm.

The fiercest hurricane to hit the USA in more than a decade came ashore late on Friday about 30 miles north-east of Corpus Christi as a mammoth Category 4 storm with 130mph winds.

Harvey made landfall in Texas Friday evening as a Category 4 hurricane.

Slow-moving Hurricane Harvey - the strongest storm to hit the United States in over ten years - is knocking down structures and flooding rivers in the region, and much more rain is expected over the next three to five days.

Heavy rains are resulting in major flooding that is expected to cause risky conditions for the millions of people who live in the storm's path, particular in and around Houston. "When the eye passed over the community last night and we had a chance to at least get out and assess the damage, we know there is widespread devastation".

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service extended a Flash Flood Emergency over west and central Harris County, where Houston is located, as well as for eastern Fort Bend and northern Brazoria counties until 6:15 a.m. Sunday, calling it a "Particularly Dangerous Situation". Rain totals are still expected to be over a foot in some areas as this system stays over the area through the next few days.

They boarded up their homes, but then also at the same time, a lot of people did board up their homes here and stayed here and just rided out the storm.

If they return, he warned, they'll have to boil tap water before they can drink it because a power outage at a treatment plant required the city to issue a boil-water notice.

In Corpus Christi, the major city closest to the storm's center, wind whipped palm trees and stinging sheets of horizontal rain slapped against hotels and office buildings along the seawall as the storm made landfall.

"The Swift Water team would conduct search and rescue tactics during Hurricane Harvey, including rescues from those stranded [by] severe flooding", she said.

In the early hours of Saturday, Harvey lost strength as it moved inland and was downgraded to tropical storm status at mid-day.

And Harvey hit an area that's immensely important for US oil production. "City, State and Federal Govs. working great together!" he said in a tweet. Now a slow-moving line of storms capable of producing 3 to 4 inches of rain per hour is deluging the region. The many drainage channels known as bayous that carry excess water to the Gulf were rising. "Burt" Mills, Jr. said one person died and 12 to 14 others were treated for injuries in Aransas County overnight.

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