Last Friday, the highway in Texas is already filled with thousands of cars as the people flee for a safer place after hearing the news on how the category 2 storm is intensifying at a rapid rate. The storm caused catastrophic flooding throughout the region has kept cleanup crews busy for the last week and likely for many months to come. The flood damage cleanup pros of Houston have been helping homeowners and business owners with recovery work for 5 straight day with no end in sight.
Everyone in Texas including homeowners, businesses and the officials of the local government are made preparation for the hurricane storm which the weather channel said will bring a wind with a speed of 125 mph and cause up to 12 foot of rising of the sea level.
The progress that Hurricane Harvey is making shows that it will soon upgrade to a Category 3 hurricane on Friday. Forecasters predict that it will bring heavy rain to Corpus Christi at 1 a.m. Saturday. It is estimated that 8 millions people responded to the hurricane warnings and 735,000 people have received tropical storm warnings.
The officials have issued mandatory evacuation to 7 counties in Texas especially to those whose homes are in low lands. The state officials is asking the people to leave the city now if it is possible for them to do so.
Governor Greg Abbott told KPRC the affiliate of NBC that many people do no treat the storm warnings seriously and did not make any preparation at all because they do not believe that the storm can harm them. He remarked that the people should do as the warning instructed and evacuate the city.
Harvey that is soon changing to a Category 3 storm is expected to bring heavy rain to Corpus Christi at 1 a.m. local time Saturday.
Harvey is by far the strongest storm to happen to Texas since 2008. Hurricane Wilma, a category 3 storm, which causes a great deal of damage to Florida took place on October 2005.
The National Hurricane Center has issued a warning in the 5 a.m. update that Harvey has the potential to cause many damages when it arrives on the coast of Texas. The storm is becoming more and more powerful as it head towards Corpus Christi from an area located 180 miles southeast. The high wind speed of 105 mph can cause damages.
Residents in Texas have been warned about Hurricane Harvey that can potentially take lives and cause serious damages to houses situated by the coast.
Harvey is predicted by forecaster to transform to a major hurricane before it heads towards the center of the Texas coast.
Mayor Joe McComb said that they did not put in effect any mandatory evacuation but he is working hard to tell people in the low land areas to evacuate the city if they can.
Joe MacComb said in the news conference that he and his team are trying to get everyone whose homes are in the low land areas to evacuate Dodge.
The reporter from NBC Dallas-FortWorth reported that Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi has also responded to the hurricane warning by transferring out of town 10 babies that are critically ill to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. Fort Worth is located over 400 miles north of Corpus Christi.
Debbie Boudreaux, the director for the transportation of Cook Children’s Medical Center said that they did the right thing in transferring the ill babies. She pointed out that the ventilator system at the Driscoll Children’s Hospital could stop working because the flood could cause power outage.
The Park Manor nursing facility in Rockport has also evacuated 90 elderly patients to another Bee Cave based nursing facility that is situated within proximity to Austin. Rockport is situated about 20 miles northeast to the town of Corpus Christi.
During an interview with Austin based NBC affiliate KXAN, Johnielle Johnson, the director of the Bee Cave nursing facility said that they have to convert a therapy gym into a bedroom for 14 of the transfer patients and that the rest of the transfer patients are living together with other existing patients in other rooms.
Johnson said it is their duty to help them as the flood could possibly take away the lives of these elderly patients if it hit the nursing facility there.
Over 700 people have been recruited by Governor Greg Abbott to be volunteers for the emergency team that will be helping to get people out if they are stuck in their homes during the flood.
In an interview with Houston based NBC affiliate KPRC, the Domestic Operations Task Force’s commander, Brig. Gen. Patrick Hamilton said that they are train for this purpose and that is to help others when they can.
Dale Eck, the person in charge of the forecast operations for The Weather Channel, said that people needs to realize the emergency of this situation after he saw the news about Harvey intensifying on Thursday.
Dale Eck said that the hurricane storm can bring 115 mph of wind and increase the sea level to a dangerous point when the hurricane storm heads to the middle of the Texas coast.
The National Hurricane Center has posted warnings about storm surge to the towns located in between Port Mansfield and High Island in Texas. Storm surge watches are issued for the towns located in between the south of Port Mansfield and Rio Grande. Hurricane warnings are also issued for the towns located in between Port Mansfield and Sargent.
The hurricane center said that it is expected that there will be a heavy rain of up to 35 inches on the towns in the southeastern part of Texas until next Wednesday. This could bring flooding so people living in Texas should make the necessary preparations now and not wait until tomorrow.
Eck said that the storm could be more powerful than predicted and make it harder for the emergency team to rescue the people trapped in their homes. Therefore, the people are encourage to evacuate the city now.
The storm is intensifying at a fast rate and it could cause serious harms to the houses on the coast. He knows that most people are heading to San Antonio but San Antonio could also face heavy rain because it is situated nearby to Texas.
Tom Bossert, the adviser for the Homeland Security, said that President Donald Trump has also given a short speech on the progress of the hurricane and what types of preparations the residents should make for the flood.
Bossert is working in collaboration with Elaine Duke, the Homeland Security Secretary, Brock Long, the administrator of FEMA, and federal partners to help the local residents to prepare for the hurricane.
Governor Abbott has issued the state of disaster to 30 counties. They have already issued evacuation order to Aransas Pass and Portland as well as the two counties including San Patricio and Brazoria. At 6 a.m. local time, the officials in Cameron Parish has went ahead in issuing a mandatory evacuation order to residents located in the south of Intracoastal Water Way.
Abbott gave order for the Texas State Operations Center to be extra alert and make sure all the resources are already prepared so that they can quickly carry out the rescue work.
Hurricane Harvey Intensifies to a Category 4 Storm and Could be the Worst Storm Since Decades
Hurricane Harvey finally arrives on the Texas coast at 10 pm. The storm could be the worst one to happen in the history.
The storm is now a Category 4 storm with wind moving at a high speed of 130 mph. It has caused damages to many key buildings in the city including police