Har­vey makes land­fall in Louisiana

In neigh­bour­ing Texas, 30 are feared dead and 8,000 have been pushed into emer­gency shel­ters

The Hindu - - WORLD -

Af­ter pour­ing record rains on Texas, Trop­i­cal Storm Har­vey made a sec­ond land­fall on Wed­nes­day to strike Louisiana, a State that still bears deep scars from 2005’s Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina.

The sec­ond hit comes five days af­ter the mon­ster storm slammed on­shore as a Cat­e­gory Four hur­ri­cane, pum­melling the U.S. Gulf coast with tor­ren­tial rains that turned neigh­bour­hoods into lakes in Amer­ica’s fourth largest city, Hous­ton.

Fe­ro­cious max­i­mum

Har­vey made its sec­ond land­fall just west of the town of Cameron, the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter said, with “flood­ing rains” drench­ing parts of south­east­ern Texas and neigh­bour­ing south­west­ern Louisiana.

Louisiana res­i­dents braced for Har­vey’s fe­ro­cious max­i­mum sus­tained winds near­ing 45 miles (72 km) per hour, with fore­cast­ers pre­dict­ing an­other five to 10 inches (13 to 25 cm) of rain could pour on the re­gion.

They ex­pected Har­vey will grad­u­ally weaken to a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion by Wed­nes­day night, mean­ing max­i­mum sus­tained winds should slow. But low-ly­ing New Or­leans was still gird­ing for the storm, just a day af­ter the 12-year an­niver­sary of Ka­t­rina, which rav­aged the vul­ner­a­ble city fa­mous for its jazz mu­sic and cui­sine.

The New Or­leans branch of the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said a heavy rain threat re­mained over south­east Louisiana and south­ern Mis­sis­sippi through Thurs­day, when rel­a­tively drier weather is fi­nally slated to ar­rive. One night prior to the sec­ond land­fall, New Or­leans Mayor Mitch Lan­drieu tweeted to “re­mind #NOLA that we are not yet in the clear”, urg­ing res­i­dents to “re­main vig­i­lant and cau­tious”.

In Texas, emer­gency crews were still strug­gling to reach hun­dreds of stranded peo­ple in a mas­sive roundthe-clock res­cue op­er­a­tion — but the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice tweeted that weather con­di­tions there were to at last im­prove. The storm had trans­formed roads into rivers in Amer­ica’s fourth­largest city, driv­ing more than 8,000 peo­ple into emer­gency shel­ters.

Hous­to­ni­ans woke up on Wed­nes­day from a night­time cur­few de­clared by Mayor Sylvester Turner aimed at aid­ing search ef­forts and thwart­ing po­ten­tial loot­ing in the flood-rav­aged city.

U.S. me­dia re­ports in­di­cated the death toll could have risen to 30.

Six mil­lion im­pacted

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said over six mil­lion Tex­ans have been im­pacted by 30 inches or more of rain since Fri­day.

President Donald Trump toured the Har­vey dis­as­ter zone in Texas on Tues­day.

On Air Force One bring­ing Mr. Trump back to Wash­ing­ton, White House spokes­woman Sarah Huck­abee San­ders said the President will re­turn to Texas on Satur­day and per­haps go to Louisiana, too, depend­ing on the weather there.

and, right, the In­ter­state 10 high­way, which was closed due to flood­ing.


At sea: A home sur­rounded by flood wa­ters in Hous­ton;

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