Flood caused by Har­vey par­a­lyzes Hous­ton

Trop­i­cal storm makes sec­ond land­fall near Texas- Louisiana bor­der

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Trop­i­cal Storm Har­vey made land­fall again on Wed­nes­day near the Tex­as­Louisiana bor­der, adding more rain af­ter a record down­pour that has caused cat­a­strophic fl ood­ing and par­a­lyzed the city of Hous­ton.

The storm that fi rst came ashore on Fri­day as the most pow­er­ful hur­ri­cane to hit Texas in more than 50 years has killed at least 17 peo­ple and forced tens of thou­sands to leave their del­uged homes.

Dam­age has been es­ti­mated at tens of bil­lions of dol­lars, mak­ing it one of the costli­est US nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

There is some re­lief in sight for Hous­ton, the fourth most pop­u­lous US city, with fore­cast­ers say­ing fi ve days of tor­ren­tial rain may come to an end as the storm picks up speed and leaves the Gulf of Mex­ico re­gion later in the day

Har­vey, which made land­fall west of Cameron, Louisiana on Wed­nes­day, was ex­pected to pro­duce an ad­di­tional 7.5 to 15.24 cen­time­ters of rain to an area about 129 kilo­me­ters east of Hous­ton as well as south­west­ern Louisiana, where some ar­eas have al­ready seen more than 17 inches of rain.

It is pro­jected to weaken as it moves in­land to the north­east, the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter said.

“We aren’t go­ing to be deal­ing with it for too much longer. It’s go­ing to pick up the pace and get out of here,” said Donald Jones, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist at the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

US President Donald Trump and his wife Me­la­nia Trump vis­ited Texas on Tues­day to sur­vey dam­age from the fi rst ma­jor nat­u­ral dis­as­ter to test his lead­er­ship in a cri­sis. The president said he was pleased with the re­sponse, but it was too soon for a vic­tory lap.

“We won’t say con­grat­u­la­tions,” he said. “We don’t want to do that ... We’ll con­grat­u­late each other when it’s all fi nished.”

Aside from the fl ood, the US fi rst lady’s dress­ing style – sky- high stiletto pumps, part of an outfi t that in­cluded tai­lored capri pants, an army green bomber jacket with ruched sleeves and avi­a­tor sun­glasses – also at­tracted eye­balls and crit­i­cism.

Tele­vi­sion writer- pro­ducer Brad Wol­lack quipped: “Help is on the way, Texas! Don’t worry, Me­la­nia has her spe­cial storm stilet­tos.”

Photo: AFP

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Me­la­nia Trump de­part from the White House in Wash­ing­ton, DC, on Tues­day for Texas to view the dam­age caused by Hur­ri­cane Har­vey.

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