Hurricane Harvey victims: Here is what you can do to help

Hurricane Harvey victims: Here is what you can do to help

"FEMA's assistance for individuals, as well as cities and counties, [will allow] all of us to begin the rebuilding process as quickly as possible", said the governor.

Hurricane Harvey struck coastal Texas on Friday evening as the most powerful storm to hit the us mainland in more than a decade, bringing the potential for record flooding from a storm surge and rainfall. "Alan Spears, Deputy Emergency Management coordinator for Fort Bend County, says severe weather hit the Sienna Plantation subdivision around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday".

"I strongly urge all Texans heed warnings from local officials", the Governer said in his Twitter account.

"Our focus is shifting to the extreme and potentially historic levels of flooding that we could see".

"Since Harvey is forecast to stall, we expect 10-20 inches of rain over a large part of southern and eastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana into early next week", AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.

A million barrels a day of refining capacity has been idled on the Gulf Coast and nearly a quarter of offshore production has been shut down, according to the New York Times.

Saturday, 4:37 p.m. EST: Officials confirmed Saturday that Hurricane Harvey is responsible for at least one death in a small city located on the southeast section of Texas.

President Donald Trump signed a disaster declaration late Friday "which unleashes the full force of government help", he tweeted.

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Almost 10 inches of rain had already fallen in a few areas in southeastern Texas, the centre said.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said it was forced to evacuate some 4,500 inmates from three state prisons near the Brazos River because of rising water.

After days of increasing in strength, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast on Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Rockport has been severely affected by the storm, with several buildings having already been damaged or destroyed.

Surrounded by the early morning darkness, they saw many trees down, a pile of debris blocking their driveway and Hattman's vehicle damaged after it was hit by roof tiles. The National Hurricane Center warns of "catastrophic flooding" over the next few days. More than nine inches of rain has fallen in South Texas.

The Texas Department of Transportation is also working on cleanup operations around Corpus Christi and Yoakum, said Abbott. Abbott said as many as 338,000 along the coast are without power.

Hundreds if not thousands of people will return to find their lives and livelihoods upended, but there are plenty of organizations on the ground to help those victims rebuild.

Hatcher-Walters, originally from Los Angeles, said she thought about going to Dallas but her husband wanted to stay.