Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast Aug. 25, 2017, as a Category 4 storm, with sustained wind speeds over 130 mph. Harvey weakened to a tropical storm and then stalled over the southeast part of the state, leading to a record-setting 50 inches of rain in parts of Houston and causing severe flooding. Many people were rescued from their cars and homes by volunteers called on to help local authorities. At least 70 deaths have been blamed on the storm. Two weeks after it hit, an estimated 32,000 people were still in shelters.   

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Almost exactly 12 years ago today, Texas was sheltering people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The relief effort hit a lot of snags, and relief workers learned from those snags. Now, those lessons are being applied to treating people dealing with the aftermath of Harvey.

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For some people, Hurricane Harvey destroyed a life’s worth of memories. For others, it was their dreams that the storm interrupted. That was the case for one young couple who had just gotten engaged and bought a house on the Gulf Coast when the hurricane hit.

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Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to have a news conference at 4 p.m. in Corpus Christi. He spent the day surveying damage along the Gulf Coast.

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Donating directly to a charity or nonprofit organization is the best way to help the thousands of Texans displaced by Harvey. You can also support local businesses collecting donations or pledging a portion of their proceeds to storm relief.

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The Austin City Council has scrapped plans for a mega-shelter at the Austin Convention Center to house evacuees from Hurricane Harvey. The council instead voted today on a lease for a vacant office building at 7000 Metropolis Drive in Southeast Austin to house evacuees.

With the skies finally clearing over the Houston area, residents are getting their first chance to survey the damage and catalogue what was lost. 

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Some evacuees from Hurricane Harvey are coming up on a week living away from home. That’s a long time to spend on a cot in an unfamiliar city, especially if you’re a kid. So what is there to do?

At the Delco Center shelter in East Austin, one 10-year-old volunteered to help others.

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Fire broke out and containers of chemicals burst at the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, early Thursday, confirming fears that highly flammable organic peroxides produced at the plant could pose a threat after Hurricane Harvey knocked out safety systems.

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The sounds of generators and chainsaws are now as much a part of the City of Port Aransas as sea gulls.

The resort town on the northern end of Mustang Island has no power or running water. City officials are allowing residents to return and clean up during daylight hours, but you must either leave or shelter in place overnight.

Six days after Hurricane Harvey first crossed the Texas coast, Houston is still in rescue mode with people stranded in houses and apartments.

With the authorities overwhelmed by the scope of the flooding, private citizens have been rushing to Houston and towing their own boats to conduct rescues.

Rene Galvan has come to a makeshift boat launch on flooded Highway 90, looking for rescuers. In a soaked, blue hoodie, he sits anxiously in the bow of an aluminum boat, wondering how they're going to get to 14 members of his extended family who have been stranded by rising water.

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As the sun sets Tuesday night in Refugio, Texas, Ysidro Gonzales says he knows he's lucky to be standing in a town without electricity or plumbing.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler is calling on Austinites to help fellow Texans taking shelter here by making 6,000 "welcome kits" for the Austin Disaster Relief Network.

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As devastating floods continue across Houston and along the Texas coast, rescue teams have brought hope, heroism and much-needed relief to the stranded.

But help came too late for some. At least 29 people are confirmed to have died in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and unprecedented flooding, and the death toll is expected to rise.

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Thousands of people have been forced from their homes due to Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall on the Texas coast Friday and is now a tropical storm. Harvey made landfall again early Wednesday along the Louisiana border.

According to Gov. Greg Abbott, 32,000 people are now housed in shelters.

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As flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey continues in Southeast Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said the number of counties on the federal government’s disaster declaration has been expanded to 33. That expansion includes counties outside of Harvey's path that are helping evacuees in shelters – including Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar and Travis.

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On Sunday morning Jessica Hulsey woke up in her home in Houston’s East End. She went to her front door to see how high the water had risen – but it wasn’t the water that surprised her.  

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The National Hurricane Center says Harvey is now a tropical depression. As of 8 p.m. ET, the storm was located southwest of Alexandria, La., with sustained winds of 35 mph.

As Tropical Storm Harvey, it had made landfall in Louisiana, at 4 a.m. Central time, just west of Cameron, according to the Center.

The confirmed death toll from Harvey is at least 25, across five Texas counties — although that figure is likely to rise and does not include people who are missing or believed dead.

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Vanessa Dean, 35, sat in a chair by a row of forest-green cots her family had been sleeping on for four nights and recounted how they left their home in Nixon, Texas, on Friday as Hurricane Harvey barreled toward the coast.

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Update – According to a spokesperson for Central Health, the Brackenridge Campus—the former Brackenridge Hospital—is not being considered as a potential emergency shelter anymore.

“The City of Austin approached us about using the Central Health Brackenridge Campus as an emergency shelter, and we were actively exploring how to make that happen,” Ivan Dávila, a spokesperson for Central Health says. “Yesterday, the city told us they had other options and wouldn’t need this location.”

Houston Police say 60-year-old Sgt. Steve Perez, trying to get to work despite Hurricane Harvey, drowned in his patrol car in floodwaters.

In a somber news conference Tuesday afternoon, Police Chief Art Acevedo said Perez's wife, Cheryl, had asked her husband not to report to work Sunday morning. But Perez, who had been on the police force for 34 years and was just a few days short of his 61st birthday, insisted on going in.

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Port Aransas residents are just beginning to get a firsthand look at what happened to their homes and businesses after Harvey came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane Friday.

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When disaster strikes, stories often emerge about people who go above and beyond to serve others. People like Mattress Mack, the Houston business owner who invited Hurricane Harvey evacuees into his two giant furniture stores, even sending out trucks to pick up people who couldn't get there.

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The city says more than 200 musicians have volunteered to play for evacuees at Austin shelters.

The Austin Music Office put out the call on social media yesterday. Since then, it has been overwhelmed with responses.

Austin Schools Prepare To Enroll Harvey Evacuees

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Students who have evacuated their homes elsewhere in the state because of Harvey are welcome at Austin schools, Austin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz and Mayor Steve Adler reiterated at a press conference Thursday.

On Jan. 28, 1986, President Ronald Reagan was supposed to deliver the State of the Union.

Instead, he made a very different address to the nation that day, one that would transform the role of president, making it mandatory thereafter that presidents serve as consoler-in-chief.

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The medical examiner of Harris County, Texas, has confirmed five deaths directly stemming from Tropical Storm Harvey. A spokesperson for the office says another eight deaths that may be linked to the storm are awaiting autopsy.

The ME names four of the victims, including police Sgt. Steve Perez, whose death was announced Tuesday.

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As Hurricane Harvey churned toward the Texas coast, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told people to stay put. Don't evacuate, he said. Ride out the storm.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sounded a different note, telling Houstonians that if he were living in the area, he'd head north. "If you have the ability to evacuate and go someplace else for a little while, that would be good."

Local officials, in response, doubled down on their advice: Don't go.

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Tropical Storm Harvey has brought the mighty Texas oil refining industry to its knees, at least temporarily, and Texas drivers are just starting to feel the pain.

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Austin officials have been asked to shelter as many as 7,000 people displaced by Tropical Storm Harvey. This comes as more people are able to leave flooded areas on the Gulf Coast, and the city is working to find these people a safe place to stay here in Austin.

President Trump visited Corpus Christi to be briefed on damage sustained during Hurricane Harvey last week.
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5:05 p.m. President Trump has left Austin after meeting with state officials at the Texas Department of Public Safety.  

4:18 p.m. Trump again praised state relief efforts following Tropical Storm Harvey, according to pool reports. The president said the recovery is going to be long term, but that it would be a "costly proposition." 

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