Millions urged to evacuate as Category 4 Harvey makes landfall in Texas

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Harvey is the most powerful storm to hit the USA since 2005, and the strongest to hit Texas since 1961.

Harvey is the most powerful hurricane to hit USA soil since Hurricane Charley struck Florida in 2004.

"Burt" Mills Jr. also says 12 to 14 people were injured by Harvey, which came ashore Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. But the lingering storm could pump as much as another 20 inches of rain into the coastal plains, and the weather service expects flooding in as many as 82 of its gauge stations in southeast Texas. Many coastal towns could experience two to seven feet of storm surge.

In Corpus Christi, a city of 320,000 under voluntary evacuation, strengthening winds buffeted the few trucks and cars that continued to circulate the streets.

"Catastrophic" flooding paralyzed Houston and other deluged towns in southeastern Texas early Sunday as Tropical Storm Harvey pummeled and drenched residents and first responders.

That said, the situation on the ground is still developing, and damage from the storm could be worse than expected, DeHaan said.

"We share the same grief and the (need) for an understanding of what happened", said Hafida Oukabir, whose younger brother Moussa was shot dead by police in Cambrils and whose elder brother Driss is in custody. Think of the impacts separately.

Valerie Brown walks through a flooded area after leaving the apartment that she rode out Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Texas.

Moreno has been without electricity since 7 p.m. Friday night, and the possibly of that remaining for the days ahead has increased. He added that 1,000 people are involved with search and rescue operations. "City, State and Federal Govs. working great together!" the President wrote.

The president held a video conference from Camp David in which he instructed departments and agencies to "stay fully engaged and positioned to support his number one priority of saving lives", the statement said. Trump, who plans to visit the storm zone next week, has signed a disaster declaration for Texas.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said his primary concern was of "dramatic flooding" and warned residents to be on guard for rapidly rising water. However, the latest track shows Harvey sticking to land, but coming close enough to the water to draw in some moisture, which will fuel additional rainfall.

Footage uploaded to YouTube purports to show one courageous soul, Reed Timmer, film what he describes as Hurricane Harvey's "eye wall" through heavy rain and 140mph winds. By morning, about 50 neighbors hard turned out to aid the recovery effort, chopping downed trees, heaping shattered fences and gathering debris. It was moving north at 2 miles per hour (3 kph), according to the hurricane center.

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