Hurricane Harvey is sweeping through southeast Texas. Houston has been particularly affected. Rainfall is predicted reached up to 50 inches, according to meteorologists. Heavy rainfall has already covered Houston, with at least eight deaths and 12 injuries being reported so far. Buildings have collapsed, and hundreds of thousands of people are without power.
“The breadth and intensity of this rainfall are beyond anything experienced before,” the weather service said. “Catastrophic flooding is now underway and expected to continue for days.”
Want to know how deep the flooding truly is? In 24 hours, more than 20 inches of rain fell down on some areas of southeast Texas. Some places were hit even worse.
The hurricane had once reached a Category 4 levels on Friday, but dwindled down to a Category 2 hurricane by Saturday, only five hours later. Winds have been averaging 110 mph, less than the previous sustained 130 mph winds.
This is the strongest hurricane to hit Texas in over half a century. The last time a Category 4 hurricane hit Texas was the year 1961. The last time the U.S. was hit by that strong of a hurricane dates back to when Hurricane Charley hit Florida in 2004.
Here’s a look at the hurricane from a satellite showing “a sandwich loop,” which is described as a “combination of visible and infrared imagery,” according to NOAA Satelites PA twitter page.
— NOAA Satellites – Public Affairs (@NOAASatellitePA) August 25, 2017
Take a look at this swirling video of Hurricane Harvey…
— Dan Lindsey (@DanLindsey77) August 25, 2017
A Twitter user by the name of Brian McNoldy describes the following video/image as a “a spectacular example of an eyewall replacement cycle in #Harvey today… this 8-hour radar loop is memorizing.”
— Brian McNoldy (@BMcNoldy) August 25, 2017
Here’s the hurricane downgrading from a Category 4 to a Category 3. Sustained winds had decreased from 130 to 140 mph. As of Saturday, winds have decreased even further, dropping the hurricane down to a Category 2.
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 25, 2017
The Twitter for Financial Times showed a satellite image of Hurricane Harvey as it mows into Texas. Their Twitter page reads, “Here’s what Hurricane Harvey looks like as it barrels into Texas – “a very major disaster”, the state’s governor warned, hours before it was expected to make landfall along the southern Texas coast on Friday night or early Saturday.”
Cars have been completely submerged and people are wading through large pools of water. You may need a boat for this…
There’s so much flooding and rain that one guy can now go swimming in his home. Wait, did he just catch a fish?
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