Hurricane Harvey's High Winds Make Landfall in Texas
Albanian Daily News
Published August 26, 2017
Corpus Christi is now feeling the full brunt of the stormHurricane Harvey has made landfall in Texas with winds of up to 130mph (215 km/h) battering coastal areas.
The storm, which has even stronger gusts, is expected to be the worst to hit Texas for 12 years. Up to 40in (1m) of rain is expected to fall.
President Donald Trump has signed a disaster proclamation for the state, which will free up federal aid for the worst-affected areas.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has warned of record flooding in multiple regions.
The category four storm has already brought down trees in the city of Corpus Christi and thousands of residents have boarded up their homes and fled.
The mayor of nearby Rockport, Patrick Rios, urged the few remaining people in the town about 10,000 people to leave immediately.
The city manager said people were trapped in a housing centre for elderly people, where the roof had collapsed and rescue teams were unable to gain access, according to CBS.
Long queues of traffic have been heading out of the storm's path.
Governor Abbot said it was obvious Texas was confronting a "very major disaster", and more than 1,000 National Guardsmen were to help with the disaster relief operation.
High winds began lashing the coast at nightfall on Friday as coastal water levels rose at the same time.
Harvey is the first major storm of the Atlantic hurricane season and has severely hampered Gulf of Mexico oil production and air travel.
Storm surges of up to 12ft (4m) are expected over the next few days and the National Hurricane Center warned of life-threatening floods in and around Houston.
Forecasters say the storm's path is uncertain but it is expected over the next few hours to be near or just inland of the middle of the Texas coast.
Mr Trump is likely to visit Texas early next week, the White House said.