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Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey is the most powerful storm to hit the US since 2005.

As coastal Texas cleaned up from Hurricane Harvey and recovery efforts continued, the storm shifted its attention to Houston, bringing intense rainfall that threatened “historic” flooding as freeways turned into rivers and water rushed into homes.

The water rose so high that people in many of those homes were advised to climb to their roofs rather than take refuge in attics, unless they had “an axe or means to break through”.

Heavy rains were predicted to linger for several days. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood emergency warning and said “catastrophic flooding in the Houston metropolitan area is expected to worsen and could become historic”.

More than 6.5 million people live in the region.

Several deaths were reported overnight as the rain worsened. Cars were abandoned while stranded residents tweeted rescue requests to Ed Gonzalez, the Harris County sheriff.

“We need help it’s like 12 adults and 10 toddlers,” one said.

Gonzalez reported on Twitter that a woman and child had died in a submerged vehicle on Interstate 10 – the deaths were unconfirmed, because the location was unreachable. Texas governor Greg Abbott told CBS on Sunday he was “not capable at this time of confirming” the number of fatalities caused by the hurricane.

In an indication of just how high water was rising in some neighbourhoods, local officials advised flooded residents to go on to their roofs and call for help if necessary, though 911 services were said to be at capacity before dawn.

“Have reports of people getting into attic to escape floodwater,” Houston police chief Art Acevedo tweeted. “Do not do so unless you have an ax or means to break through onto your roof.”

Among hundreds of rescues, police evacuated two apartment complexes in the Greenspoint neighbourhood, saving more than 50 children from rising water. The US coast guard reported more than 300 requests for urban search and rescue in the Houston area. Five coast guard helicopters were working and New Orleans was asked to send more.

Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017...c-flooding
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I saw this on the news! Apparently, it is causing unprecedented and catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas.

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