Houston: If reports are to be believed, tens of thousands of people are still stranded, awaiting the arrival of rescuers. More than three hundred thousand people have reportedly taken shelter in different shelters run by government and private organizations in Houston area alone.
Damage is unprecedented in this part of the world in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the incessant rains in its wake. Some of the areas in and around Houston have received as much as 40-inches of rains. This means that the area has got months of rains in a matter of days.
Conservative estimates suggest that around 30,000 to 40,000 homes have been destroyed in the Houston area alone in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The hurricane that was downgraded to a tropical storm is still pounding the area with unprecedented rains.
The storm is still pounding the area, making the people all the more fearful as to what is to come tomorrow and day after tomorrow. There are predictions that the worse is not yet over. The storm is still battering Gulf Coast region with torrential rains, flooding and strong winds, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett told ABC News.
Hurricane Harvey, despite being weakened is still considerably powerful and returning to different areas. Harvey made its third landfall just west of Cameron, Louisiana, at 4 a.m. CT Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. National Weather Service says that the storm had picked up some speed moving north and its center was about 25 miles away from Lake Charles, Louisiana.
The damage is not just limited to Houston. It is evident in several surrounding towns and cities. The mayor of the island city of Port Aransas, Texas, says officials haven’t been able to determine yet how much destruction was caused there by Hurricane Harvey because of the “massive” amount of damage they’ve so far encountered. Mayor Charles Bujan said Saturday afternoon that no injuries or fatalities have been found in Port Aransas so far. He said that with the help of heavy equipment, authorities have only made it into the northernmost street in the city.
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Rockport has been badly impact due to heavy rains. A Texas judge told the media that at least one person has died from Harvey. A report by Austin American-Statesman reported Saturday that Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills Jr. also says 12 to 14 people were injured by Harvey, which came ashore Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. Bujan had called for a mandatory evacuation of Port Aransas. But he says some people had stayed. He didn’t know how many. The town has a population of about 3,800.
Meanwhile the National Weather Service warned in its advisory earlier today said, “Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding continues in southeastern Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana…Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low-lying spots.”