The storm has hit Houston and the surrounding region, causing catastrophic flooding and killing at least five people in the region, the National Weather Service said Sunday morning.
Late Saturday, rain and winds from Hurricane Harvey began to pummel the nation’s fourth largest city, with a metro population of 6.6 million.
The Weather Service issued repeated flash flood warnings throughout the night, and dry city streets turned to speeding rivers in a matter of minutes. Emergency lines in the city were soon filled with people stranded on highways, and residents began sending desperate tweets directly to officials.
@SheriffEd_HCSO we need help it's like 12 adults and 10 toddlers….can you please call me 832-462-0060
— KwanDaDon (@Kwan_Da_Don5) August 27, 2017
— Stephanie Atkinson (@stephatkins) August 27, 2017
One video showed cars almost completely submerged under one of the city’s many elevated highways.
— Janelle Bludau (@JanelleKHOU) August 27, 2017
Emergency responders completed more than 1,000 high-water rescues during the night. “Travel across the area is severely hampered, if not impossible,” said an announcement from the Weather Service.
City officials urged flooded residents to head to their roofs, not their attics.
“Many neighbors are screaming for help,” wrote one man to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez on Twitter, urging the sheriff to call.
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) August 27, 2017
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SOURCE: NY Times, Julie Turkewitz