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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  • iris_shadowfire
    iris_shadowfireMonday, May 3, 2021 at 7:51 am
    during hurricane harvy i got my room repainted my room walls are blue and silver
    • felinefan
      felinefanSaturday, April 24, 2021 at 4:49 pm
      My dad said when he was a kid he lived in Florida and he got hurricanes there. One of them caused the streets to flood but not the drive ways or yards and people used canoes to get from place to place.
      • littlekitty
        littlekittyTuesday, February 2, 2021 at 10:23 am
        I wish they safe
        • littlekitty
          littlekittyTuesday, February 2, 2021 at 10:21 am
          I hope some people be safe and have shelter there
          • news_lover33456
            news_lover33456Monday, December 14, 2020 at 2:27 pm
            I pray that everyone was safe
            • blooms
              bloomsTuesday, July 28, 2020 at 10:28 am
              We got a tornado but it blew over I saw it from so 😎
              • hi455000
                hi455000Monday, December 7, 2020 at 6:48 am
                good that you are safe
              • ranchergirl8
                ranchergirl8Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:46 pm
                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 :(
                • starlord_luvr
                  starlord_luvrTuesday, December 31, 2019 at 7:21 pm
                  Oh no my cousins live in texas!! I hope they will be ok, since this was year's ago.
                  • meatlover24
                    meatlover24Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 6:34 am
                    that is so bad did u see the vids there so so like I'm like wow
                    • meatlover24
                      meatlover24Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 6:24 am
                      200 miles an hour 82 degrees so so bad don't you think