• Harvey was originally a category 4 hurricane when it made landfall in Texas, but it quickly lost power and was downgraded to a tropical storm, the Guardian reports.
• Currently, 13 million people are under flood watches and warnings. These include cities ranging from Corpus Christi, Texas, to New Orleans, reports CNN.
• At least five people have died during the storm, reports the Weather Channel.
• Images of the flooding show the storm’s virtually unprecedented scale and destruction:
— Joey Palacios (@Joeycules) August 27, 2017
— Sara Donchey (@KPRC2Sara) August 27, 2017
— AIRLIVE (@airlivenet) August 27, 2017
— Rosenberg Police (@RosenbergPolice) August 27, 2017
• In just two days, Houston received 25 inches of rain–that’s more than half the city’s annual rainfall. The U.S. National Weather Service said the “unprecedented rainfall” is producing “life-threatening flooding in S.E. Texas.”
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) August 28, 2017
• Tropical storm Harvey will return to the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, where it is expected to collect more moisture before heading back inland to Galveston, Houston, Huntsville, and Shreveport.
• FEMA director Brock Long has said, “This disaster’s going to be a landmark event” and predicted that the agency’s involvement in the aftermath of Harvey will stretch for years.
• 3,000 national and state guard members have been activated in Texas.
• Human life isn’t the only life at risk:
— andrew hazelwood ’19 (@HazelwoodAndrew) August 27, 2017
— Ranger° (@2Echo68Whiskey) August 28, 2017
• President Donald Trump will travel to Texas on Tuesday to view the damage.
HISTORIC rainfall in Houston, and all over Texas. Floods are unprecedented, and more rain coming. Spirit of the people is incredible.Thanks!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017