Texas braces for FIVE FEET of rain and ‘life-threatening floods’ as monster Harvey batters Lone Star state leaving 300,000 without power and destroying hundreds of homes and businesses

Saturday, August 26, 2017
By Paul Martin

Texas residents are dealing with ‘catastrophic’ flooding after Hurricane Harvey hit the state’s coast
The storm sustained winds of 130mph and a storm surge of up to 13 feet when it crashed onto land
Buildings have collapsed, 300,000 have been left without power in the area, and 10 have been injured
Those who didn’t evacuate were asked to write their names on their arms so bodies could be identified
On Saturday morning, the hurricane was downgraded to a Category 1 storm with winds of 75mph
By storm’s end, 40 inches of rain is expected to fall and an estimated $40billion worth of damage left behind
Harvey is the strongest storm to hit the US in 12 years and is expected to trigger ‘catastrophic’ floods
The National Weather Service warned that this was the ‘start of many difficult days to come’

By Cheyenne Roundtree and Mary Kekatos
26 August 2017

Texas has been left reeling by Harvey after the monstrous storm slammed into the state Friday evening as a Category Four hurricane, bringing 130mph winds and the threat of catastrophic flooding throughout the weekend.

Eight million residents have been warned the worst is yet to come, as hundreds of thousands of shell-shocked Texans on the Gulf Coast began to pick up the pieces after Harvey destroyed homes and businesses, left several injured and the state facing a clean-up bill of $40billion.

Texas utility companies said more than 300,000 were without power and the seaside town of Rockport, 30 miles north of Corpus Christi was hardest hit as the storm – which has weakened to a Category One with winds of 75mph – settled over southeast Texas.

It will sit over the Lone Star State well into next week pounding hundreds of miles of coastline with life-threatening storm surges, causing deadly walls of water to move inland.

With streets flooded and strewn with power lines and debris, authorities warned the storm’s most destructive powers were just beginning. Rainfall that will continue for days could dump more than FIVE FEET of water and inundate many communities, including dangerously flood-prone Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city.

No deaths have been immediately reported, however, high winds have kept emergency crews out of many places, and authorities said it could be hours before emergency teams are able to fully assess damage.

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