Meteorologists warn that flooding in Texas may continue next week
Tropical storm “Harvey” claimed the lives of at least two people.
The first victim was a resident of Rockport, died in a burning house. The second victim was a woman who, according to the assumptions of the authorities, died after he got out of the car on a flooded street in Houston.
According to the National weather service, Friday evening in the Houston area appeared, at least seven tornadoes.
The port of Texas city proposes to resume work within 24 to 48 hours, after damage assessments. The port was closed on Friday when the approaching storm. While courts are not allowed to enter and leave a navigable Strait.
In addition to the two dead, from the storm “Harvey” suffered at least 14 people in the area between Corpus Christi and Houston. Many fear that the number of victims can grow. Texas authorities assume that they will be able to find other victims once the storm moved inland.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott at a press conference on Saturday said that “severe flooding” causes serious concern of the authorities.
The national weather service in Houston on Sunday, called the flooding “catastrophic, unprecedented and pose a threat to people’s lives”. Meteorologists warned that it could continue next week.
“Harvey” was the most violent hurricane in the U.S. over the last ten years. Rainfall in some areas exceeded 50 centimeters.
The correspondent of “voice of America” Celia Mendoza reports from Houston: “People are stunned. Everything is closed. People worry about what will happen to them with their neighbors, with their houses”. The hurricane caught some people at work and they are trying to contact relatives who were at home.
Search and rescue operations
Abbott announced that search and rescue operations involving over a thousand people. They have managed to save several people who were raised on helicopters and taken out of the flood zone.
President Donald trump on Sunday wrote on Twitter that thanks to the “wonderful coordination” between different departments were able to save thousands of people.
The mayor of Rockport Charles Wachs in an interview with the Weather Channel reported that some schools, homes and businesses were seriously damaged, some were destroyed.
Earlier Saturday in the storm of 338 thousand people were left without electricity. By evening without electricity remained about 200 thousand people. There have been reports of outages of cellular communication.