Hurricane Harvey kills 6, triggers extensive destruction

Published on : Monday, August 28, 2017

hurricane-harvey-11-gty-jc-170825_4x3_992Hurricane Harvey striking the Texan coast has claimed at least six lives with violent 130 mph winds and floods. There have been reports of five fatalities in the area of Houston as per the National Weather Service.


But, so far it has been confirmed that only one person has died in Houston.


An elderly lady had drowned in the Houston area while attempting to drive through the flooded streets on the west side of the city on Saturday night. Sergeant Colin Howard of the Houston police department said that it seemed that her vehicle had gone high in high water and consequently, she met her end.


The victim is yet to be identified.


Authorities have requested the residents to steer clear of the streets of Houston and other portions of southeast Texas while rains lashed the city up to 5in per hour flooding the roads and the major intersections.


On Friday night, a man had died in a house fire in Rockport located in Aransas County.


The officials said that 12 more people in this area had suffered injuries including broken bones. Hurricane Harvey had slammed into Texas late on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane.


The winds blew at about 130 mph making it the strongest storm to strike the mainland US in 12 years and the strongest to hit Texas since the year 1961.


The storm continued to linger over Houston. Here, it ripped off the roofs, snapped trees and triggered tornadoes too.


As much as about 230,000 people, mostly in the area of Houston went without power on Saturday night while the storm raged all around them. The National Weather Service then issued a flash flood emergency alert for the area around William P Hobby Airport and the airport also mentioned on a popular social networking site that the arrival section was flooded.


Hurricane Harvey has also adversely impacted the oil and gas production in the state leading to massive petrol price hikes across the nation.


Sylvestor Turner who is the mayor of Houston has tweeted mentioning that a large number of people have been stranded on the streets on account of the calamity and if needed people might call 911. He then urged the people to stay off the streets to avert potential dangers.





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