Hurricane Harvey downgraded to Category 1, but destruction just beginning

  • Hurricane Harvey downgraded to Category 1, but destruction just beginning

Hurricane Harvey downgraded to Category 1, but destruction just beginning

Hurricane Harvey has hit Texas as a category four storm with winds of over 200 km per hour, the most powerful storm in over a decade to hit the mainland United States.

Hurricane Harvey, now a major Category 4 storm, is packing maximum wind speeds of 130 miles per hour.

Harvey's approach sent tens of thousands of residents fleeing the Gulf Coast, hoping to escape the wrath of a menacing storm that threatened an area of Texas including oil refineries, chemical plants and dangerously flood-prone Houston, the nation's fourth-largest city.

By 5 a.m. Central time, officials had downgraded Harvey to a Category 1 storm, with winds of up to 90 miles per hour.

NY [U.S.A.], Aug.25:Hurricane Harvey has growth in strength to a Category II storm with life-threatening rain and gusty winds over Texas.

He signed a disaster proclamation for Texas ahead of the storm hitting the coast, which he tweeted "unleashes the full force of government help!"

- Structural and building problems were reported in Rockport, Aransas Pass, and Port Aransas, Texas, said Tom Beal, a meteorologist with National Weather Service office in Corpus Christi.

The roof of a senior housing facility in Rockport caved in as the Category 4 storm pummeled the coast of Texas, according to Rockport City Manager Kevin Carruth. Indo American Chamber of Greater Houston (IACCGH) Gala has also been postponed to September 30 in view of the potential harm posed by Harvey.

KIII-TV reports that 10 people have been treated in Rockport since Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast city Friday night.

In New Orleans, officials began to prepare for the storm.

According to officials, even after Harvey has left the region its effects will likely linger for days, ultimately leaving as much as 40 inches of rainfall in some areas from Friday through Wednesday. When they made a decision to see what the storm had done to their neighborhood on Saturday, they faced an already chaotic scene. In fact, as of 1 a.m. on Saturday, 162,000 people were without power in the Corpus Christi area. They gathered at a city gym, where they were registered and taken by bus to San Antonio.

The town of Rockport appeared to be one of the hardest hit by Harvey's punch, hours after the mayor told anyone staying to write their names on their arms for identification in case of death or injury.

The city warned its residents that it could face up to 20 inches of rain over the next several days.