Once-in-500-year storm hits USA

First News - - Front Page - by ed­i­tor in chief Nicky Cox MBE

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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