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Damaged boats in a multi-level storage facility destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. — AFP

Hurricane Harvey turns deadly, lashes Texas with torrential rain

Two people have died and 14 have been injured in the hurricane, the strongest to hit the US mainland in over a decade.
Published Aug 27, 2017 01:40pm

At least two people have died and 14 have been injured in Hurricane Harvey, the most powerful storm to hit the US mainland in over a decade slammed into Texas. Throughout the region between Corpus Christi and Houston, many people feared that toll was only the beginning.

Two brothers try to collect belongings in their Saltgrass Landing apartment complex, destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, in Rockport, Texas. — AP
Two brothers try to collect belongings in their Saltgrass Landing apartment complex, destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, in Rockport, Texas. — AP

Harvey spun deeper into Texas and unloaded extraordinary amounts of rain on Saturday after the once-fearsome hurricane crashed into vulnerable homes and businesses along the coastline.

A resident stands near what is left of the trailer where he spent most of the night when Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport, Texas. He said he left the home a few hours after the storm hit and was thankful he did or he thought he would not be alive now. — AFP
A resident stands near what is left of the trailer where he spent most of the night when Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport, Texas. He said he left the home a few hours after the storm hit and was thankful he did or he thought he would not be alive now. — AFP

A Dairy Queen restaurant in South Texas was almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. — AFP
A Dairy Queen restaurant in South Texas was almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. — AFP

Hurricane Harvey destruction is seen in Bayside, Texas. — AFP
Hurricane Harvey destruction is seen in Bayside, Texas. — AFP

An airplane is seen flipped on its roof at the Aransas County Airport after Hurricane Harvey passed through. — AFP
An airplane is seen flipped on its roof at the Aransas County Airport after Hurricane Harvey passed through. — AFP

Harvey made landfall on Friday night as a Category 4 storm and is being reported as the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Wilma in 2005. Forecasts call for as much as 30 inches of rain to fall in the next few days.

A damaged car sits outside a heavily damaged apartment complex in Rockport, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey struck the area. — AP
A damaged car sits outside a heavily damaged apartment complex in Rockport, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey struck the area. — AP

Home owners of a Bolivar, Texas, beach cabin look over the remains of there home after a fire destroyed it and two others during Hurricane Harvey's early morning landfall. Fire officials are investigating the cause of the accident. No injuries were reported during the blaze. — AP
Home owners of a Bolivar, Texas, beach cabin look over the remains of there home after a fire destroyed it and two others during Hurricane Harvey's early morning landfall. Fire officials are investigating the cause of the accident. No injuries were reported during the blaze. — AP

Authorities did not know the full scope of damage because weather conditions prevented emergency crews from getting into the hardest-hit places.

Mobile homes are upended in the Paradise Lagoons RV Resort in Aransas Pass, Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. — AFP
Mobile homes are upended in the Paradise Lagoons RV Resort in Aransas Pass, Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. — AFP

A resident looks at boats damaged by Hurricane Harvey. — AP
A resident looks at boats damaged by Hurricane Harvey. — AP

They dreaded the destruction that was yet to come from a storm that could linger for days and unload more than 100 centimetres of rain on cities, including dangerously flood-prone Houston, the nation's fourth-largest.

A car abandoned on a coastal highway near Port Lavaca, Texas, rests against debris from Hurricane Harvey. — AP
A car abandoned on a coastal highway near Port Lavaca, Texas, rests against debris from Hurricane Harvey. — AP

Members of the Texas Task Force 1 search and rescue team go door to door looking for people that may need help after Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Texas. — AFP
Members of the Texas Task Force 1 search and rescue team go door to door looking for people that may need help after Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Texas. — AFP

A couple strolls along the shore in McFaddin Beach, Texas as storm clouds build on the horizon the day after Hurricane Harvey made land, battering the gulf communities near Corpus Christi. — AP
A couple strolls along the shore in McFaddin Beach, Texas as storm clouds build on the horizon the day after Hurricane Harvey made land, battering the gulf communities near Corpus Christi. — AP

This photo made available by NASA shows Hurricane Harvey over Texas on Saturday seen from the International Space Station. — AP
This photo made available by NASA shows Hurricane Harvey over Texas on Saturday seen from the International Space Station. — AP