Flooding in Houston has reached historic proportions and is unlikely to subside soon. The Army Corps of Engineers has begun releasing water from two dams that feed into a waterway that goes through the downtown area. The release is needed to prevent the failure of the dams and/or upstream flooding. The release has forced the evacuation of 1,000s not previously impacted by flooding.
— Lacy Saye (@andieyougoonie) August 28, 2017
Two people have been confirmed dead in the Houston flooding and five overall due to Harvey. The death toll is expected to climb once currently unreachable areas can be accessed.
Centerpoint Energy, Houston’s largest electrical provider reports that almost 90,000 people are without electricity in the Houston/Galveston region and that repairs may not happen soon.
“CenterPoint crews unable to reach many parts of the city due to flooding,” a warning on Centerpoint’s website reads. “Restoration estimates unavailable until travel improves.”
AEP, the largest power company in Southeast Texas reports almost 150,000 without power.
Both Houston airports are currently closed and one says they don’t expect to open until at least Wednesday due to flooding.
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) August 27, 2017
Dallas, Texas has turned its convention center into a “mega shelter” to take in evacuees beginning on Tuesday.
“We have been advised by the state to be prepared for up to 5,000 evacuees, and we are committed to doing whatever it takes to accommodate our fellow Texans who may need assistance,” said Vaz.
Harvey is expected to strengthen slightly before returning inland and beginning a northeast course through east Texas and Louisiana.
NOW 28/0900Z 28.6N 96.3W 35 KT 40 MPH
12H 28/1800Z 28.4N 96.0W 35 KT 40 MPH…OVER WATER
24H 29/0600Z 28.1N 95.6W 35 KT 40 MPH…OVER WATER
36H 29/1800Z 28.3N 95.2W 40 KT 45 MPH…OVER WATER
48H 30/0600Z 29.0N 94.7W 40 KT 45 MPH…OVER WATER
72H 31/0600Z 31.0N 93.9W 35 KT 40 MPH…INLAND
96H 01/0600Z 33.4N 92.5W 30 KT 35 MPH…INLAND
120H 02/0600Z 35.0N 90.5W 25 KT 30 MPH…INLAND