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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Houston Told People to Stay for Harvey, Now They Can't Get Out

"AUSTIN, Texas — Houston is slowly being submerged by a natural disaster some are saying could now rival Hurricane Katrina. Even after two feet of rain in 24 hours, Tropical Storm Harvey shows no sign of letting up until Wednesday at the earliest.

When the storm previously known as Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday, it was the strongest storm to batter the U.S. coast in 13 years. The National Weather Service said on Sunday afternoon that the flooding is “unprecedented,” adding "all impacts are unknown and beyond anything experienced." FEMA administrator Brock Long said Sunday, “FEMA is going to be there for years. This disaster is going to be a landmark event."

One-quarter of Texas' population, 7 million people, reside in the disaster area declared by President Donald Trump. Already six people are dead and thousands are homeless.

Two days ago, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told Houston residents that even in the absence of an official evacuation order “you need to strongly consider evacuating.”



Houston Told People to Stay for Harvey, Now They Can't Get Out

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