The hype over Hurricane Harvey has been mostly accurate, unfortunately. It was the largest storm to hit Texas since 1961’s Carla and though expected to be a Category 3 on landfall was Cat 4. And it made two landfalls.
So far, the storm has claimed at least three lives. The first was in the town of Rockport, where first landfall occurred. The person’s home caught fire as the conditions worsened. Another person died when she attempted to leave her vehicle that was caught in high water. At least 14 people have been injured.
Over 300-thousand people are without power and Governor Greg Abbott says it will be days until electricity is restored.
The decisions of Houston’s leaders are already being criticized as they were against widespread evacuations. Hundreds of water rescues occurred in the city just yesterday. The governor urged more people to flee, but Houston officials recommended no widespread evacuations, citing greater danger in having people on roads that could flood and the fact that the hurricane was not taking direct aim at the city.
The storm is now expected to head back into the gulf re energize and hit the coast again! Weather channel says some areas will receive up to 50 inches before it's over!