Tropical storm Harvey devastates Louisiana, at least 25 dead
Forecasters are predicting another five to 10 inches of rain in Louisiana with the downpour finally expected to stop on Thursday. Photograph: (Reuters)
Tropical storm Harvey which made landfall on Wednesday near Texas-Louisiana border on Wednesday moved across to southeastern Texas into Louisiana leading to large scale devastation leaving several thousand people homeless.
The storm has already led to the death of 25 people within hours of making landfall with the death toll set to climb further. Several people are still reported to be missing.
The US National Hurricane Center warned that "catastrophic and life threatening flooding will continue in and around Houston, Beaumont/Port Arthur, eastward into southwest Louisiana for the rest of the week."
Harvey first reached Texas on Friday as category four hurricane and was downgraded to a tropical storm but it made another landfall in Louisiana's Cameron town on Wednesday taking the nation by surprise.
Forecasters have predicted another five to 10 inches of rain in the region, with the downpour finally expected to stop on Thursday.
Damage has been estimated at $10 billion, making it one of the costliest US natural disasters, twelve years after Hurricane Katrina left deep scars in Louisiana. Harvey made landfall west of Cameron, Louisiana yesterday and weakened into a tropical depression on Wednesday night but it created a firestorm of death and devastation in its wake.
The resulting floods due to the storm hit America's largest oil refinery in Port Arthur disrupting the nation's US energy infrastructure leading to a spike in gasoline prices.
Derrick Freeman, mayor of Port Arthur said: "Our whole city is underwater right now."
"To those Americans who have lost loved ones, all of America is grieving with you, and our hearts are joined with yours forever," President Donald Trump said in a speech.
In Houston, a night-time curfew was imposed in order to organise search operations with several believed to have gone missing in the floods.
First responders have been doing heroic work. Their courage & devotion has saved countless lives – they represent the very best of America! pic.twitter.com/I0gvCQLTKO— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 31, 2017