State Governor Greg Abbott warned that Hurricane Harvey would be "a major disaster" before the storm barreled into the state with violent winds and massive rainfall, all on top of storm surges up to 13 feet.
The volunteer fire department in Rockport is not expected to begin any damage assessment until after all rescues are completed. As it moved over land, Harvey gradually lost some of its punch and by 6 a.m. was downgraded to a still-dangerous Category 1 hurricane with winds at 90 miles per Hour, the CNN quoted the National Hurricane Center statement, as saying.
The mothers and children all were doing well Saturday morning, Alford said.
"I would stress that this is a serious storm", Bossert said Friday, urging Texas residents to follow instructions from state and local officials. "But we will be getting out here before too much longer and trying to see what we got left". Citizens must still contend with torrential rain and flooding. Abbott said the region between Corpus Christi and Houston can expect an additional 20-30 inches of rain in the next few days, in addition to the 16-20 inches that area has already received, as "dramatic flooding" continues to be the greatest danger facing the state. Those outages could last for weeks.
Meteorologists warned that tornadoes were possible through Saturday from Texas into Louisiana, which is also expected to take a major hit. But even a downgraded storm could leave a lasting impact on the Texas economy and America's energy industry.
Bossert also sought to allay concerns about the federal government's preparedness to handle a storm as serious as Harvey, given that several key posts related to disaster preparedness are now filled by interim officials.
"This track is expected to exacerbate the potential for catastrophic flooding from heavy rainfall at least through the middle of next week", the hurricane center said. These tides will inhibit the rainfall accumulation from being drained into the Gulf of Mexico by the numerous rivers located between Corpus Christi and Houston.
Twenty-five members of the Central Florida Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 4 team are on standby to deploy to help with hurricane rescue efforts should they be called, Orlando Fire Department spokeswoman Ashley Papagni said.
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