Hundreds of Thousands Without Power as Hurricane Harvey Drenches Texas

Hundreds of Thousands Without Power as Hurricane Harvey Drenches Texas

Powerful wind and heavy rain from Hurricane Harvey lashed the Gulf Coast of Texas on Saturday, uprooting trees, tearing off roofs and forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee.

Houston has received about 16 inches (40 cm) of rain as a result of Harvey while neighboring Corpus Christi has seen about 20 inches.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast Friday night, bringing strong winds and rain through the area.

"The impact on the energy industry could potentially be devastating" for the next week, John LaRue, executive director of the Port of Corpus Christi, told CNNMoney.

A road sign warns travelers of the the approaching Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

"I just got word from the Fort Bend County judge who has issued a voluntary evacuation for the Brazos River area in Fort Bend County and a mandatory evacuation along the San Bernard", said Abbott.

But Harvey ended up moving about 30 miles north and made landfall at Rockport instead.

At 8:10 p.m., Aransas County officials said they were stuck in their building and couldn't ascertain damages. "I think it's safe to say we took a Cat".

A partially submerged boat in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Not since Celia in 1970 had a storm's path aimed so squarely at the city and its surroundings.

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Extended refinery closings, environmental risks and potential home damages from Harvey all imperil that progress. He urged people not to venture out then. "If weather is bad, please let them be as they will move when water goes down", the department's Alligator Nuisance Control Hunters said on Facebook. Other charities are also providing shelter space, Abbott said. Local officials immediately scrambled to negate his advice.

U.S. authorities said about 22 percent of crude production in the Gulf of Mexico was shut down as of Friday - accounting for more than 375,000 barrels a day.

And Harvey hit an area that's immensely important for USA oil production.

"The whole country is watching us".

"She thought she was going into labor", Alford said.

Meanwhile, most flights out of Corpus Christi International Airport were canceled until Monday. Katrina alone killed an estimated 1,200 people.

Other Carnival cruises also had to change plans with the port closed.

The weather service said "rainfall of this magnitude will cause catastrophic and life-threatening flooding". Power outages have affected over a quarter million customers in the state and gas stations in Houston have been struggling to keep up with motorists' demands.

By making landfall last night as a Category 4 hurricane, Harvey has ended the so-called "hurricane drought" in the U.S.