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Tropical Storm Harvey rescuers fear Texas death toll will rise dramatically

29 Agosto 2017, 09:40 | Fidele Alvizo

Celina Martinez returns to find her family home badly damaged after Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport Tex

Celina Martinez returns to find her family home badly damaged after Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport Tex

"The safety of our fans, players and staff remain our main priority", said Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan. They will receive briefings on the relief efforts by local leaders and organizations.

As people continue fleeing the floods by air and boat, shelters in Houston are reaching capacity with many arriving with harrowing tales of survival.

Harvey, a tropical storm by Tuesday morning with its eye hovering over the Gulf of Mexico, could still dump up to 15 inches of rain on portions of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana, including the saturated Houston area, where thousands have been rescued and many more still wait for help.

Houston might be waiting a long time for federal funding.

"He asked me to pass on to these local leaders his gratitude and how impressed he was" with emergency efforts", Abbott said, adding that he would give the federal government an "A-plus" for its reaction to the disaster. Another person died in the small coastal town of Rockport, near where Harvey made landfall. And believe me, we will be bigger, better, stronger than ever before.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has cancelled a planned visit to Kazakhstan and Ukraine because of Hurricane Harvey.

USA prices are expected to spike over the next week or more as about 10 refineries representing more than 15 per cent of the nation's refining capacity are closed, including ExxonMobil, Shell and Phillips 66 operations.

Perry was governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015.

Estimates suggest the flooding could destroy up to $20bn in insured property, making it one of the costliest storms in U.S. history.

"The sheltering mission is going to be a very heavy lift", FEMA administrator Brock Long said Monday, adding that up to 50 Texas counties are grappling with the damage done by the storm, according to USA Today.

The slow-moving storm has brought catastrophic flooding to Texas, killed at least nine people, led to mass evacuations and paralyzed Houston, the fourth most-populous USA city.

The devastating flooding in Houston left by Hurricane Harvey has drawn the normal questions about the government response, from whether officials should have issued an evacuation order to why they chose to release reservoir water.

"It was important for me because I have family out there who have evacuated their houses and I've always been one to help out even though we're so far away", said freshman Jourdan Hunt. Trump's travel to Texas comes as the state continues to deal with the aftermath of the hurricane, including continued flooding that is forcing additional evacuations in the state.

The storm was expected to make a slow turn to the northeast on Tuesday, placing the center just off the middle and upper Texas Gulf coast through Tuesday night before moving inland.

Parts of Harris County, which encompasses Houston, were pelted with 30 inches of rain in the past 72 hours, the Weather Service reported early Monday. The storm inflicted more than $100 billion (€83 billion) in damage, with most of it caused by wind, storm surge and the failure of the levees.

He has warned that Texas faces a "long and hard road" to recovery, adding: "There's probably never been anything like this".

Hurricane Harvey is the first major natural disaster of Trump's presidency.

George W. Bush never recovered from his flyover of Hurricane Katrina's devastation. Barack Obama got a bipartisan boost late in his re-election campaign for his handling of Superstorm Sandy.

President Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on August 25.



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