Houston, (August 29, 2017): Tropical storm Harvey has left behind a trail of deaths and destruction across many cities of US state of Texas.
Tropical Storm Harvey has reportedly killed at least seven people in Texas and drove tens of thousands from their homes. Officials warned that floodwaters may drive many more out their homes as heavy rain continued to pound the U.S. Gulf Coast.
National Guard troops, police officers, rescue workers and civilians used helicopters, boats and special high-water trucks to rescue the hundreds still stranded in and around Houston, fourth-largest US city.
Storm Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to strike Texas in more than 50 years when it hit land on Friday near Corpus Christi, 220 miles (354 km) south of Houston, and the worst is far from over, as the National Weather Service issued numerous regional flood warnings.
U.S. President Donald Trump plans to go to Texas today to survey the damage and may, in the future, visit Louisiana, where the storm is now dumping rain.
Harvey has killed at least six people in Harris County, where Houston is located while a 60-year-old woman died in neighboring Montgomery County when a tree fell on her trailer home as she slept.
As of last night 267,000 Texans were left without power in the state’s southeast corner.
Schools and office buildings were closed throughout Houston metropolitan area which is home to 6.8 million people, in many the low-lying districts of the city remained flooded with chest-high flood water.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency director Brock Long estimated that 30,000 people would eventually be housed temporarily in shelters.