Hurricane Harvey Slams Into Southern Texas

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Hurricane Harvey, which began as a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday August 23, rapidly escalated to a Category 4 storm as it made its way towards Southern Texas. As expected, the powerful hurricane, which packed 130mph winds, made landfall near the city of Rockport on August 25 at about 10:00 pm local time, causing widespread destruction. Three hours later, it made a second landfall on the northeastern shore of Copano Bay, this time as a Category 3 storm with 125 mph winds!

The strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in a decade, and the first to make landfall in Texas since 2008, Harvey has now been downgraded to a tropical storm. However, it continues to bring torrential rain to the area. The biggest impact has been felt in Houston. As of 7:00 am local time Sunday, the nation’s fourth largest city had received over 25 inches of rain and an additional 3 to 15 inches is expected to fall over the next few days. To make matters worse, the hurricane has spawned several tornadoes, making it dangerous for residents who had sought refuge in their attics or roofs to escape the rising flood waters.

Harvey results in catastrophic flooding (Photo Credit: houstonpublicmedia.org)

Meanwhile, officials have asked residents of Port Aransas and Port Lavaca, that were directly in the path of the hurricane’s fury, to stay away until they can assess the devastation left behind by the powerful storm. They are also conducting a search and rescue operation for the estimated 100 Port Aransas residents who did not evacuate. Those still in Port Lavaca are under a curfew because all power, water, and sewer services are down. Initial reports from Rockport indicate that several buildings have been razed to the ground and with about 60 inches of additional rain expected in the next few days, the town of 10,000 residents is bracing for more destruction.

Experts predict that as Harvey heads south and east in the next few days, even areas much further inland will be soaked with as much as 40 inches of rain. Coastal flooding also remains a threat, as the already overflowing rivers continue to get deluged with rain. Texas Governor Greg Abbott fears that if the forecasts hold true, it will result in billions of dollars of property damage. Fortunately, since most residents in the path of the hurricane decided to evacuate to safer areas, the number of fatalities reported thus far is relatively small.

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While the official hurricane season, the time when most tropical storms occur in the Atlantic, is from June 1 to November 30, the cyclones have been appearing much earlier since 2015. This year’s first tropical storm, Arlene, occurred in mid-April. Though there have been four tropical storms and two hurricanes since, none were as powerful as Harvey. Hopefully, nature has spent its fury on Texas, and the rest of the 2017 season will be uneventful.

Resources: CNN.com, weather.com, Npr.org, cnbc.com

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1152 Comments
  • cjsupercool
    cjsupercool2 months
    intresting
    • iris_shadowfire
      iris_shadowfireabout 1 year
      during hurricane harvy i got my room repainted my room walls are blue and silver
    • littlekitty
      littlekittyover 1 year
      I wish they safe
    • littlekitty
      littlekittyover 1 year
      I hope some people be safe and have shelter there
      • addy11
        addy119 months
        Me too, it makes me sick thinking about it.😉
      • news_lover33456
        news_lover33456over 1 year
        I pray that everyone was safe
        • blooms
          bloomsalmost 2 years
          We got a tornado but it blew over I saw it from so 😎
          • addy11
            addy119 months
            When my family lived in Alabama we got a lot of tornados but we lived behind a mountain so nether one hit us.I saw one one time but I don't remember it very well.now I have lived in Missouri for 2 years and we have.only had one tornado and it didn't hit us ether.
            • hi455000
              hi455000over 1 year
              good that you are safe
            • ranchergirl8
              ranchergirl8about 2 years
              We were hit by Harvey luckily we live out in the country and on top of a hill, so no flooding. But a lot of the people in our church got flooded :(
              • zbr0k3n_ang3l
                zbr0k3n_ang3lover 2 years
                Oh no my cousins live in texas!! I hope they will be ok, since this was year's ago.
                • meatlover24
                  meatlover24over 2 years
                  that is so bad did u see the vids there so so like I'm like wow
                  • meatlover24
                    meatlover24over 2 years
                    200 miles an hour 82 degrees so so bad don't you think
                    • addy11
                      addy119 months
                      Yes! I have bin in 60 miles an hour winds on the road at night wall it was raining and my dad had to drive slow becos he could not see! I can't believe what 200 miles feels like.😳