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Over the weekend, southern Texas has been devastated by Hurricane Harvey which gained strength over the Gulf of Mexico throughout last week and made landfall in Corpus Christi, TX on Friday night. What sets this storm apart from others that have hit the southern United States in the past is the unprecedented amount of rainfall. It is estimated that some areas could see up to 50 inches total before the storm has run its course in the state.

Harvey has hit the most populous areas in Texas including Houston, Austin and San Antonio. There have been five reported deaths, dozens of injuries and it is estimated that 30,000 people will need shelter. The most dire situation is in Houston which was not evacuated in advance of the floods like other cities were. At a population of over two million, it is the most populous city in the state.


President Trump issued a major disaster declaration on Friday, meaning the local governments can utilize federal and state resources as they see fit to aid their counties. It also makes federal rebuilding funds and resources available for those affected once the immediate danger has passed. Many evacuees are terrified of what their homes will look like once they are able to return.

Americans are also stepping up in big ways to rescue and support one another. News teams have participated in rescues and civilians with boats are doing what they can. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said in a briefing this morning that anyone who is able is encouraged to help others on the ground.

There has also been overwhelming support from celebrities and public figures who are donating funds to the rescue efforts and encouraging others to do the same. Officials are calling Harvey the ‘500-year flood‘ but with climate change, we’re likely to see more storms like this well within that time frame. Harvey is the third storm Houston has attributed that title to in three years.