“It’s Catastrophic, Unprecedented, Epic”: 5 Dead As Houston Reels Under Historic Flooding

Sunday, August 27, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Aug 27, 2017

Emergency workers and rescue crews in Houston have been overwhelmed overnight with calls for water rescues, having responded to “hundreds” as of early Sunday, the Houston Chronicle is reporting, as Harvey, the most powerful storm to hit the state in more than 50 years, roared inland. According to the Houston newspaper, five people are now reported dead in Houston as Tropical Storm Harvey has dumped up to 30 inches of rain.

“It’s catastrophic, unprecedented, epic — whatever adjective you want to use,” Patrick Blood, a National Weather Service meteorologist, told the Chronicle. “It’s pretty horrible right now.” The newspaper reported the weather service said five people have died in the Houston area in unconfirmed flood-related deaths.

As the Statesman puts it: “It was supposed to be bad. It wasn’t supposed to be this bad.”

A tweet from executive weather producer at the Weather Channel, Matthew Sitkowski, summarized the situation best: “surreal.”

Underscoring the severity of the storm, moments ago president Trump tweeted “Wow – Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood! We have an all out effort going, and going well!”

In its latest bulletin, the National Weather Service similarly did not mince words, saying this morning that “catastrophic flooding is ongoing with flash flood emergencies in effect. The threat for continued additional, catastrophic, unprecedented and life threatening flooding continues today and into next week with periods of heavy rain from bands coming off the Gulf. Flash Flood Watches and Warnings are currently in effect for all of southeast Texas.”

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