People in Houston and other areas of Texas were asked not to leave their homes, even if they flooded, as roads were impassable after Hurricane Harvey hit the area.
Houston: Sudden damage flooding caused by Tropical storm Harvey destroyed Houston on Sunday. Huston is the fourth most populous U.S. city. People are instructed to flee their homes in boats of several more days of unstoppable rainfall.
Harvey came late on Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years and has killed at least two people. This time, the death rate is expected to rise as the storm added tornadoes. The storm caused chest-deep flooding on some streets. It is because the rivers and channels overflowed their banks. The National Weather Service said that more than 30 inches (76 cm) of rain had fallen in some parts of Houston in previous 2 days.
The storm hit at the heart of the country’s gas and oil industries. The operators are instructed to close several refineries and offshore platforms. Steve Bowen, the chief meteorologist said that what they are seeing is the most destroying flood in Houston’s history. The levels of rainfall are unexpected.
Total rainfall level could reach 50 inches (127 cm) in some coastal areas of Texas by the end of the week. Or else, the average rainfall for an entire year. The center of Harvey was about 105 miles (170 km) from Houston and slowly it is forecasting towards the city through Wednesday. People in Houston and other areas of Texas are informed not to leave their homes, even if they flooded as roads were impassable.
President Donald Trump had planned to go to Texas on Tuesday to survey damages from the storm. This was informed by a White House Spokeswoman on Sunday.
Refineries shut down:
- Gasoline futures rose as much as 7 percent in early trading on Sunday evening and heating oil futures, a proxy for distillates like diesel fuel, were up as much as 3 percent, as supplies are expected to be curtailed.
- All Houston port facilities will be closed on Monday because of the weather threat, a port spokeswoman said on Sunday night.
- Jasmine Melendez, a 23-year-old Houston mother of 3 and a week-old infant said, “The water is right after our door. We were also worried about the kids, especially the baby”.
- The Harris County Sheriff’s Office rescued more than 2,000 people in the greater Houston area using vehicles including motorboats, airboats, and Humvees on Sunday.
Beyond anything experienced:
- People of Houston are recalling Hurricane Katrina which destroyed New Orleans and killed 1,800 people.
- The Harris County Flood Control District said Harvey’s impact would rival that of Allison, which dropped more than 40 inches (102 cm) of rain in Texas in June 2001, flooded 70,000 homes and caused $9 billion in damage.
- Houston’s schools were scheduled to close for the week, the school district said on Twitter. ConocoPhillips will close on Monday and Tuesday, the company said.
- Two deaths were confirmed so far – one in Rockport, 30 miles (48 km) north of Corpus Christi, and in west Houston on Saturday. The Twitter account for Harris County 911 said people should not call if their lives were not threatened.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it had more than 400 rescue personnel in South Texas, and 500 others were in the state and expected to be joining in rescue operations on Sunday evening.
- Jose Rengel, a 47-year-old construction worker who lives in Galveston, was helping with rescue efforts in Dickinson, Texas saw water cresting the tops of cars. He said, “I am blessed that not much has happened to me, but these people lost everything. And it keeps raining. The water has nowhere to go.”