Shop scrums, frag­ile ba­bies and gator alerts

Herald on Sunday - - WORLD -

Corpus Christi shop­pers fran­ti­cally snapped up sup­plies as Hur­ri­cane Har­vey ap­proached and some stores were stripped of es­sen­tials such as bot­tled wa­ter and bread.

As Har­vey bar­relled to­ward the Texas coast, 10 in­fants in in­ten­sive care were air­lifted from the path of the storm, and within 18 hours they were safely in Cook Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in Fort Worth.

The “med­i­cally-frag­ile” ba­bies were all born in the last few weeks. And the Fort Bend County Sher­iff’s of­fice is­sued a graphic warn­ing about al­li­ga­tors from @tx­ga­torsquad which said, “Ex­pect them to be dis­placed. Sim­ply look­ing for higher ground. Leave alone un­til wa­ter re­cedes.”

Late last night Hur­ri­cane Har­vey had set­tled over south­east Texas, dump­ing rain and lash­ing the state’s Gulf Coast with dam­ag­ing winds.

The storm grad­u­ally weak­ened over sev­eral hours af­ter mak­ing land­fall but the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­tre said it was still sus­tain­ing winds of 185km/h.

Early dam­age re­ports from Gulf Coast cities in­cluded col­lapsed roofs and walls, in­clud­ing at a se­nior liv­ing home and a school.

But of­fi­cials re­mained largely un­able to as­sess the dam­age be­fore day­light, lo­cal time.

The storm is ex­pected to slow fur­ther and flood the area with rain through the mid­dle of next week and life-threat­en­ing storm surges along a coastal area of more than 643km.

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