Harvey destroys buildings as it rips through Texas town

Harvey destroys buildings as it rips through Texas town

Harvey destroys buildings as it rips through Texas town

President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration, making federal assistance available to supplement state and local recovery efforts. It is the first Category 4 storm to hit Texas since 1961 and the first to hit the U.S. since 2004. "My goal is to make it through this storm in a way that we lose no lives".

"I spoke with President Trump yesterday and am confident that he will move quickly to grant this request and provide the people of Texas with everything they need to recover from this storm".

The Category 4 storm came ashore between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor, Texas, packing gusts strong enough to strip the roof off of houses and menacing Houston, the country's fourth-largest city, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory at 10 p.m. local time.

Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas issued a joint statement in support of Abbott's request. "Closely monitoring #HurricaneHarvey developments & here to assist as needed", he tweeted in the morning.

The responders are trained in search and rescue operations in a disaster environment, according to CBS, and are bringing dogs, equipments, and boats. Other task forces from Ohio, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Utah are making the trip as well, according to NBC.

Hurricane Harvey slammed the coast of Texas near the town of Rockport on Friday night, causing buildings to crumble against 130 mile-per-hour winds.

The Category 2 hurricane made landfall on Ossabaw Island off the coast of Georgia and also wreaked havoc in Savannah and parts of South Carolina. "Amongst all the impacts from wind damage and storm surge, the freshwater inland flooding may end up being the biggest story all".

Dan McTeague of GasBuddy.com tells CTV News Channel that Hurricane Harvey has a dozen or so refineries in its path that collectively supply as much as 30 per cent of U.S. gasoline.

Despite mandatory evacuation orders elsewhere, Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb did not issue one for his city, though he has strongly encouraged residents in low-lying areas to leave due to potentially deadly flooding. It caused about $29.5 billion in damage, according to a 2009 National Hurricane Center report. "Because our fire and police, they're fathers and mothers, brothers, sisters, uncles".

The storm has the potential to inflict serious damage in southern Texas.

Houston residents stood in long lines at grocery stores and cleared out shelves of staple foods and bottled water, KPRC-TV reported.

"Harvey is looking like it's going to just meander around the area", Zabel said Thursday.

Texas officials expressed concern that not as many people are evacuating compared with previous storms. Most airlines offered waivers or dropped change fees for travelers scheduled to fly in or out over the weekend.

The US National Hurricane Centre said Harvey has maximum wind speeds of 120mph as the powerful storm approaches the Texas coast.

His tweet included a link with more information on the storm.

Others are taking the warnings more seriously.

By Friday afternoon, it had become a Category 3 storm.

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