Hurricane Harvey Death Toll Continues to Rise – Live Updates
Hurricane Harvey finally moved on from Houston after dumping an untold amount of rain on the nation’s fourth largest city. Most parts of the city is under water this morning and volunteers, city, state and federal officials are still working hard to rescue families trapped in rising waters.
Here is what has been happening today.
Harvey Pounds Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi
Nearly a week after coming ashore as a Cat. 4 hurricane, Harvey has moved northward towards Louisiana after dumping trillions of gallons of water on Houston, Beaumont and Port Arthur areas.
Today Harvey is pounding parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The good news is that Houston TX with almost 52 inches of rain dropped on it in the last week is finally getting a break. Today’s forecast – sunny.
33 Texas Counties declared federal disaster areas
Texas governor Gregg Abbott has announced that 33 counties have been declared disaster zones by the federal government. This means residents of those areas will be able to get assistance to recover from the federal government
Door-to-Door Search Begins in Houston
Authorities in Houston announced this morning that they plan to initiate door-to-door and block-by-block searches of neighborhoods for stranded Houstonians. City and county operations like trash collections resumed yesterdays in locations not currently dealing with flood waters.
Harvey Death Toll Rises to 39
Authorities report that so far 39 people have died as a result of Hurricane Harvey. That number includes 34-year veteran of the Houston Police Department (HPD) Sgt. Steve Perez who drowned over the weekend trying to get to work, and the family of six that drowned earlier.
In Orange County, TX two people were electrocuted. Jimail Caddy, 19, and Timothy Lewis, 21 both died after being electrocuted in standing water in the shed behind their house.
Mike Pence Arrives in Texas
Vice president Mike Pence arrived in Texas this morning to survey damage from Hurricane Harvey. He arrived in Corpus Christi this morning and is expected to visit Rockport. It is not clear if he will be visiting Houston.
President Donald Trump and First Lady, Melania Trump also visited Texas Tuesday.
Hurricane Irma Heading to the U.S. Next Week
Meterologists report that Hurricane Irma may be hitting United States next week. It is currently out in the Atlantic Ocean. That will devastating if it heads towards already drenched Gulf coast.
Irma has strengthened to Cat. 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 100 miles per hour. The center of Irma is located about 650 miles to the west of the Cabo Verde Islands and is moving west-northwest around 10 mph.
Satellite imagery showed Irma with a pronounced eye Thursday, and maximum sustained winds had increased from 50 mph to 100 mph in just 24 hours ending late Thursday morning.
The National Hurricane Center expects Irma to strengthen into a powerful major hurricane (Category 3 or stronger) as soon as tonight, and could then become a Category 4 hurricane by this weekend.
Beaumont Runs out of Drinking Water
Beaumont, TX is currently running short of drinking water after taking a pounding from Harvey. Officials announced they lost the use of the city’s two water pumps
9,000+ People, 1,000+ Pets Rescued
The U.S. Coast Guard announced they have rescued over 9,000 people and 1,000 pets since Harvey made landfall in Texas.
— U.S. Coast Guard (@USCG) August 31, 2017
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