Hurricane Harvey, being described as the fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade, made landfall near Rockport, Texas, with winds of 130 mph on Friday night, and the National Hurricane Center warns it could lead to “catastrophic flooding” in parts of the state.
Extensive damage has been reported in Corpus Christi.
After the landfall, Hurricane Harvey devastated several buildings, including a high school, in Rockport, according to The Houston Chronicle, which also said people were thought to be trapped inside multiple facilities, as reported by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.
Reports also said several people were being treated for injuries after the roof of a senior housing complex collapsed in Rockport.
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.
The National Hurricane Center, which has now downgraded Hurricane Harvey to a category 2 storm, said the eye of the then Category 4 hurricane made landfall about 10 p.m. about 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, bringing with it 130 mph sustained winds and flooding rains, making it the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in Texas since 1961.
The eye of Hurricane Harvey weakened a little as it crept inland from the Texas Gulf Coast, and might weaken further but still lead to an increase in the incidents of flooding and power outages. It could become a tropical storm by early Sunday.
It is expected to unleash life-threatening and disastrous flooding into next week, according to AccuWeather.
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Source: Christian Post