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article imageUpdate: Trump declares disaster as Harvey makes landfall

By Karen Graham     Aug 26, 2017 in Environment
Rockport - Hurricane Harvey came ashore as a Category 4 storm around 10 p.m. on the Texas coast over the northern end of San Jose Island about 4 miles (6 kilometers) east of Rockport Friday night.
The hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph) with higher gusts. Harvey is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Harvey is forecast to slow its forward motion and slowly move over the coast during the next 48 hours while the center of Harvey is over southeastern Texas. The minimum central pressure stands at 938 MB and 27.70 inches.
The hurricane made landfall near Rockport, a small town of fewer than 10,000 people up the coast from Corpus Christie. Buildings have already been damaged and thousands of people are without power as the torrential rains continue to beat down.
"In terms of economic impact, Harvey will probably be on par with Hurricane Katrina," Brian McNoldy, a senior hurricane researcher at the University of Miami, told the Associated Press, reports CBS News, "The Houston area and Corpus Christi are going to be a mess for a long time."
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128 people were evacuated from a Fairfield Inn in Rockport after the hotel suffered "severe damage," according to a National Weather Service report. They were evacuated to a hurricane shelter. People are also reported trapped inside a senior living complex in Rockport after the roof collapsed.
Numerous trees are down, according to reports that are beginning to trickle in, and over 70,000 people are without power. Officials are already warning that parts of Texas will be uninhabitable for weeks or even months.
Corpus Christie now has a "Boil water" order in effect because of probable contamination: "To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes," the order states. "The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes."
Officials have no idea of how many people evacuated the city of Corpus Christie. But not all of the 325,000 residents left, and many people live in low-lying areas. Officials are warning that those who remained in the path of the powerful hurricane would be subjected to the storm's wrath for days.
The word has gone out from Rockport Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Rios asking everyone who has stayed behind to mark their arms with a Sharpie with their full name and social security number. "We hate to talk about things like that. It's not something we like to do but it’s the reality, people don’t listen," Rios told reporters.
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With all the things President Trump did Friday, the one most important thing he took care of was tweeting that he had signed a disaster proclamation unleashing "the full force of government help," at the request of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who earlier in the day warned that the storm would be "a very major disaster."
The federal government has also called in 400 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals from around the nation. Two 250-bed medical units were also being deployed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, while other federal medical units are available in Dallas.
Texas State parks are allowing evacuees to stay free in park camp sites and vacation rental company Airbnb says it has started connecting evacuees and relief workers with short-term lodging with its hosts free of charge as part of its Disaster Response Program through its website.
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