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Catastrophic Floods Hit Houston, More Than 1,000 Rescued

  • RFE/RL

Hurricane Harvey hits Corpus Christi, Texas.

Rescuers raced to pull people from cars and homes as flood waters rose across southeast Texas August 27 as Tropical Storm Harvey pounded the region.

Emergency crews rescued more than 1,000 people in the Houston area after Harvey came ashore late August 25 -- the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years. The storm has killed at least two people, and the death toll is expected to rise as Harvey continues to batter Texas with heavy rains.

Harvey is forecast to arc slowly toward Houston through August 30. There is a "flash flood emergency" across the Houston metropolitan area, with travel near impossible, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

Emergency services told people to climb onto the roofs of their houses rather than into their attics to escape rapidly rising waters.

Authorities warned Houston's more than 2 million residents not to leave flooded homes because many of the city's roads were under water.

The city's George Bush Intercontinental Airport on August 27 stopped flights due to flooding.

The White House said President Donald Trump will travel to Texas on August 29.

Based on reporting by Reuters and BBC
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