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.
What set Harvey apart was its rain. Once the storm made landfall, it stalled. Roads in Houston and elsewhere became rivers.
By the time the storm ends, some areas may see more than 50 inches of rain.
“This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced,” the National Weather Service tweeted Sunday morning.
At least five people have been killed and more than a dozen injured. Houston has been inundated. Unlike many other cities in the hurricane’s path, Houston did not order evacuations before the storm, and many 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 services are swamped, and people have been pleading for help on social media.
LIFE-THREATENING FLOODING CONTINUES OVER SOUTHEASTERN TEXAS… …DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL IN THE AFFECTED AREAS IF YOU ARE IN A SAFE PLACE AND DO NOT DRIVE INTO FLOODED ROADWAYS…
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Driscoll Children’s Hospital – The children’s hospital is located in Corpus Christi, one of the cities hardest hit by the storm. Most patients have been moved but the hospital hut help with recovery will be needed. You can donate online at http://www.driscollchildrens.org.
According to the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, hospitals in Texas are facing blood shortages. The organization is seeking blood donations in order to stock up trauma centers that are seeing an influx of patients in the aftermath of the storm.