At least five people have died and more than a dozen others have been injured in the massive aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and along the Gulf Coast of Texas over the weekend.
“This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced,” the National Weather Service relayed in a tweet. “Follow orders from officials to ensure safety. #Harvey.”
Emergency responders have rescued more than 1,000 people during the night and are seeking boats from the public in order to rescue others. The public hospital for Harris County, which America’s fourth largest city is in, began evacuating patients after flooding hindered its power supply.
According to the New York Times, Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, said in an interview this morning (August 27) that the storm was of the worst variety they predicted.
Please use 911 for life-threatening emergencies, and 311 or the HPD non-emergency number 713-884-3131 as appropriate. pic.twitter.com/lN4yThX1fH— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) August 27, 2017
“Everything that we had hoped wouldn’t happen but was forecasted is happening,” he said. “We have a catastrophic, life-threatening flood event taking place over southeastern Texas, including the Houston metropolitan area. It’s bad now and it’s getting worse.”
Our thoughts are with all who’ve been affected by this catastrophic storm. We’ll keep you updated as more details are made available.
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