At least two people have died till now due to the hurricane (Harvey) in Texas. It started on Friday night after which it began to grow and intensify at the Gulf Coast with heavy rainfalls and strong winds. The weather experts have reported that it can stay at the place for days which can cause great damage.
The first death was reported when a house was on fire in Rockport which was in the way of Harvey when it came close. The mayor there has asked people to write their social security numbers on their arms so that it becomes easy for rescue teams to identify them when they need any help. The second death was reported when the flood hit on Houston’s West Side. Authorities say that it’s still not known that how the lady died but they assume that the lady got stuck by flood water when she was getting off her vehicle, her body was found at a distance from her vehicle.
The primary concern is now that the hurricane which was said to the most powerful hurricane to hit US in the last 12 years have now downgraded to be tropical storm with the possibility of 20-30 inches of rain more on already which has fallen till now.
Abbott at a press conference in Austin said-“There is the potential for very dramatic flooding.” Many of the Houston’s areas are already reported to be flooded.
Thousands of people have already left the land after Abbott declared a voluntary evacuation in the areas near Brazos river and issued a mandatory one for San Bernard which is to south of Houston. From the coast of Corpus Christi to the western end of Galveston Island are ordered to have mandatory evacuations from lower lying areas. Four countries have ordered full evacuations and have said there will be no guaranteed rescue available who will be left behind.
Corpus Christi police said there are widespread downed power lines and road debris. The city of Victoria which is 30 miles inland was hit by Harvey very badly. Many shelters were set up as far as Dallas.
More than 230,000 people are still without power and the governor there has said that it will take several days to get it back to working at a normal pace.
Many facilities along the Texas have been shut down for while. More than 960 flights have been canceled as of midday local time. Nearly 800 flights have been scheduled to either depart from of land at Houston’s two airports.
It was first emergency management test for the President, Donald Trump. Who, signed a disaster proclamation on Friday night, and released federal response funds and resources. He also met the cabinet and administration figures on Saturday to discuss the things and steps to be taken to deal with the storm.