Hurricane Harvey's Fallout Continues With Nightmare Flooding in Houston Area
Just one day after
According to CNN
, authorities said they have rescued more than 1,000 people from the rising waters, with more than 24 inches of water falling on the Houston area in the past 24 hours as of 7:00 a.m. local time Sunday. The
reported the National
Authorities urged residents to shelter in their residences, or even climb onto the roofs of their homes if they were flooding.
"I know for a fact this is the worst flood Houston has ever experienced," National Weather Service meteorologist Patrick Blood told the
The National Hurricane Center's Atlantic Operations division warned on Twitter "catastrophic and life-threatening flooding" will continue to be a concern in coming days, while storm surge in coastal areas "will be slow to recede due to the slow motion of Harvey and a prolonged period of onshore flow."
, the worst flooding was near Houston Hobby International Airport on the southeast side of the city, where so much rain has fallen emergency services are overwhelmed and unable to effectively respond to some calls.
Worse, Harvey will remain nearly stationary over Houston throughout the day, dumping two to four inches of rain an hour, while predictions suggest it may move back over the Gulf of Mexico and make a second landfall on Wednesday.
This isn't pretty-and, unfortunately, seems poised only to get worse in the coming days.