People fled to higher floors, and then to roofs; the Coast Guard rescued dozens. Chief Art Acevedo of the Houston Police Department warned residents not to take shelter in their attics “unless you have an ax or means to break through onto your roof.” Emergency dispatchers were overwhelmed, and some people began pleading for help on social media. Homeless Houstonians endured a night of terror as Harvey pounded the city from Saturday into Sunday. All across Houston, dramatic rescues unfolded.
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What set Harvey apart was its rain. The downpour has been torrential and unceasing. Once the storm made landfall, it essentially stalled. Roads in Houston and elsewhere were turned into raging rivers. The rain was not expected to let up for days.
By the time the storm ends, some areas may see more than 50 inches of rain, forecasters said.
“This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced,” the National Weather Service tweeted Sunday morning.
President Trump responded to the storm with a series of tweets, noting the severity of the disaster and praising emergency workers. He signed a federal disaster proclamation and made plans to visit Texas on Tuesday.
Houston opened its convention center as a mass shelter, and Dallas planned to do the same. Tens of thousands of people spent the weekend in shelters. In San Antonio, some of them talked to a Times reporter about their fears for what awaited them back home.
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