Once-in-500-year storm hits USA
A ONCE-IN-500-YEAR storm hit Texas, in America, last week.
Helicopters and boats helped thousands of people needing help as Hurricane Harvey hit.
People trapped by floodwaters were told to stand on their roofs and wait for rescue.
Waters reached as high as two-storey homes, as the storm dumped heavy rainfall on the state. Some areas received around 10cm of rain an hour. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said damage was in “the billions of dollars”.
Several people have died, including a woman who tried to get out of her car in high water.
President Trump said “major rescue operations” were under way, and tweeted: “Wow – Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood! We have an all out effort going, and going well!”
Harvey brought 130mph winds when it first hit land as a hurricane on Friday, but weakened to 45mph.
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