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Hurricane Harvey barrels into Texas

27 August 2017

It was downgraded to a tropical storm on Saturday afternoon, and maximum sustained winds decreased to about 70 m.p.h. An estimated 2,500 people died, but the figure could be as high as 3,000, according to the National Weather Service. The Portland Press Herald reports the Kennebec River erupted from its banks, ripping out bridges and roads, destroying homes and wrecking businesses in the worst flood in ME history.

"This system is still impacting the area", Long said during a Saturday morning interview on CNN. Portland, Rockport, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Ingleside and Robstown have also been issued evacuation orders.

ALVESTON TX- AUGUST 26 A vehicle navigates a street flooded by rain from Hurricane Harvey
A vehicle navigates a street flooded by rain from Hurricane Harvey

Some 250,000-plus people in the area remain without electricity due to storm damage, per the New York Times. In addition, about 25 percent of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico's oil production was offline as of midday on Saturday, according the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. No one was injured in the fire.

Abbott added that he talked to President Donald Trump and a Homeland Security official. He vowed to give the "full force" of the federal government to emergency aid in Texas.

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Harvey made landfall Friday night, but its forward progress has now come to a crashing halt. "We are anxious to get out there and make assessments, but we're hunkered down for now", he said.

Powered by warm Gulf of Mexico waters, Hurricane Harvey, with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (209.21 kmh) is expected to create "historic conditions" in Texas as well as Southwest Louisiana, even as far away as MS, according to the National Weather Service. Carruth told KIII-TV that Rockport's historic downtown area has also seen heavy damage. Although the wind was screeching all night, he says, in the morning there was no sign of any serious structural damage there.

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Despite the torrential rains and powerful winds, rescue operations are already underway, Abbott said.

Emmy Award Winning veteran storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski, tweeted photos of collapsed buildings, writing, "Help needed ASAP". The LCRA Hydromet reported the area has seen 1 to almost 3.8 inches of rain since midnight.

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More than 211,000 people were without power along the Gulf Coast of Texas early Saturday, when Harvey was located about 35 miles south-southwest of Victoria, moving northwest at around 6 mph, according to NPR.

Hurricane Harvey barrels into Texas