Hurricane Harvey Grinds To A Halt After 5 Reported Dead In Storm’s Wake


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Daily Caller News Foundation will be issuing updates on Hurricane Harvey as they occur.

Sunday, 9:02 a.m. EST: Five people were reported dead and several wounded Sunday morning as hurricane Harvey makes its slow crawl from a Category 4 to a tropical storm.

The storm, which has slowed dramatically since making landfall, is expected to continue pounding the region with torrential rain and flooding throughout the week, according to the National Hurricane Center. Several counties in southeast Texas, including parts of low-lying areas like Houston, have reported receiving more than 20 inches of rain in the past 24 hours.

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.

Rockport Mayor C.J. Wax confirmed one fatality and said officials expect to discover more victims as search and rescue operations in Texas continue to ramp up. The storm remained a hurricane shortly after it made landfall Friday night, and downed power lines and heavy winds have made it difficult for authorities to assess the damage or the number of people expected to take cover.

“We have not been able to completely assess damage with current winds at 90 plus,” Wax told reporters. “Widespread devastation unknown loss of life.”

Images of downed trees and collapsed businesses began popping up on social media after the storm arrived, bringing with it 130 mph winds. Harvey is the first Category 4 storm to pound the U.S. since Hurricane Charley. Some argue the storm is the biggest one to pound the eastern coast since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005.

Southern Texas was deluged with rain. The National Hurricane Center told reporters that a rain gauge near one of the small cities in the hurricane’s path recorded more than 16 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. More than 200,000 Texans are without electricity.

The storm came with power and vigor, but Harvey lost some of its punch Saturday morning. It still maintained hurricane-force winds of 80 mph until it was officially downgraded to a tropical storm, with sustained winds of 70 mph. Citizens must still contend with torrential rain and flooding.

The area around Rockport, for instance, could see up to 60 inches of rain throughout the week. “Please take the flooding threat seriously,” the National Weather Service tweeted Saturday. “Remember, this is a multiday event … marathon not a sprint.”

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