Tropical Storm Harvey: Record rainfall, tornadoes slam Texas as catastrophic floods force thousands to flee – Australia News

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August 28, 2017 19:25:25

Texans are being warned to brace themselves for “unprecedented” rainfall of up to 1.3 metres, as record floods, tidal surges and tornadoes hit communities already devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey.

Key points:

  • At least two dead from the storm
  • Harvey now about 170 kilometres from Houston
  • Average yearly rainfall for Texas expected during storm
  • 3,000 National Guard members called in, Donald Trump to visit on Tuesday

Emergency crews raced to pull people from cars and homes as flood waters rose on Sunday, rescuing more than 1,000 people around Houston, a city of about 2 million — the fourth most populous in the United States.

At least two people are dead but the death toll is expected to rise as the storm triggers additional tidal surges and tornadoes, with parts of the region expected to see a year’s worth of rainfall in the span of a week.

“This event is unprecedented and all impacts are unknown and beyond anything experienced,” the National Weather Service said on Twitter.

The White House said US President Donald Trump would travel to the area on Tuesday.

Mr Trump, facing the first big US natural disaster since he took office in January, signed a disaster proclamation on Friday, triggering federal relief efforts.

“We are dealing…

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