Hur­ri­cane Har­vey hits Texas hard

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

HUR­RI­CANE Har­vey set­tled over south-east Texas early yes­ter­day, lash­ing the state’s Gulf Coast with dam­ag­ing winds and dump­ing tor­rents of rain over hun­dreds of miles of coast­line.

The state was braced for what fore­cast­ers pre­dicted would be life-threat­en­ing storm surges – walls of wa­ter – mov­ing in­land.

The hur­ri­cane made land­fall the previous night about 30 miles north-east of Cor­pus Christi as a cat­e­gory four storm with 130 mph winds.

It grad­u­ally weak­ened and the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­tre said that by 3am Har­vey was back to a cat­e­gory two, still sus­tain­ing winds of 110 mph.

Har­vey’s ap­proach sent tens of thou­sands of res­i­dents flee­ing in­land, hop­ing to es­cape the men­ac­ing storm that threat­ened a wide swathe of Texas – home to oil re­finer­ies, chemical plants and dan­ger­ously flood-prone Hous­ton, the US’ fourth-largest city.

Of­fi­cials noted emer­gency crews could not get out in many places due to high winds.

Early re­ports did be­gin to emerge from Rock­port, a coastal city of about 10,000 peo­ple that was di­rectly in Har­vey’s path.

Of­fi­cials con­firmed that the roof of Rock­port’s high school had par­tially caved in and that the com­mu­nity’s his­toric cen­tral area saw ex­ten­sive dam­age.

The roof of a se­nior hous­ing com­plex also col­lapsed.

Har­vey came ashore as the fiercest hur­ri­cane to hit the US in 13 years and the strong­est to strike Texas since 1961’s Hur­ri­cane Carla, the most pow­er­ful Texas hur­ri­cane on record.

Hur­ri­cane Har­vey hits Texas

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