Harvey deaths confirmed in Southeast Texas

Elias Hubbard
August 28, 2017

As Texas braces for continued damage from the most powerful hurricane to make landfall in the United States in more than 10 years - and a potentially deadly storm surge - Trump also assured Iowa Republican Sen.

Nevertheless, Edwards warned Louisiana residents not to get complacent about Harvey, since it's unclear where the storm will go next once it moves out of Texas.

Some isolated areas affected by the storm - a region roughly the size of Iowa - could see 40 inches of rain by Wednesday, he said.

"The most important thing right now is your safety", he added.

- UTILITIES: Researchers at Texas A&M University estimated that the storm would knock out power for at least 1.25 million people in Texas.

It also said in a statement that former prisoners out on conditional releaase were given instruction to report specified evacuation addresses.

The National Weather Service has advised Houston residents to avoid travelling.

The White House says President Donald Trump has met with his Cabinet and other senior administration officials to discuss the federal response to the flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

At least 100 modules storing cotton blew away in the Gregory area, said farmer Jeff McKamey, who owns a cotton gin that suffered minor damage when part of the piping and roof blew away.

"Just gone. Destroyed", her boyfriend said in the video. He echoed forecasters who predicted Harvey would be leave areas "uninhabitable for weeks or months", echoing language last seen ahead of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "It's just the worst possible time". "Bought a ticket out of San Antonio to Chicago". Close to 400 flights in and out of Texas for Sunday were also scrubbed.

Abbott said almost 300,000 people in Texas were without power and it could take days for electricity to be restored.

Hardest hit has been the city of Rockport, where the fatality occurred during a house fire.

The outages will lead to a drop in electricity demand that could cut into natural gas prices.

"The howl of the wind was awesome", he said, adding that "it came in with a roar".

"We can obviously tell already at this stage this is going to be a very major disaster", Abbot said, as more than 1,000 National Guardsmen were activated. "This is going to flood areas the don't typically flood".

"It's insane to see the roads you're driving on every day just completely under water", Houston resident John Travis told AFP.

The National Weather Service said maximum sustained winds Sunday were near 45 miles per hour with higher gusts and some weakening is forecast over the next few days.

In that time, the storm system is expected to drift towards Houston, the nation's fourth largest city, which has anxiously prepared for a bout of severe flooding.

The hurricane center says the tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and remains stationary about 45 miles northwest of Victoria, Texas.

Flooding is still a serious concern, even as the storm's been downgraded to a tropical storm. While the track means heavy rains will fall unabated, there is a glimmer of good news in the forecast if it holds - Harvey won't drift into the Gulf and restrengthen.

Tom Kloza, an analyst for the Oil Price Information Service, predicts that prices could rise by up to 25 cents a gallon, but that an increase of 5 cents to 15 cents is more likely, assuming that the hurricane doesn't cause lasting damage to refineries.

Harvey weakened to a tropical storm by midday Saturday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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