Hurricane Harvey claims the lives of 4 in Texas

Hurricane Harvey continues to unload heavy rains on Texas, causing extensive flooding and damage. Thousands of people have been rescued due to the flooding in the Houston area.

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Thousands of people have been rescued from the extensive floods in Houston, Texas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm continues to cause "catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas." So far, the powerful storm has claimed the lives of four people and 240,000 homes are still without power.

In the Houston area, more than 10 centimeters of rain fell in just one hour. The local authorities predict that the storm could dump more than 100 centimeters of rain in the Houston area. "It's going to last four to five days," warned Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who also urged people to refrain from driving. "This is Day One."

Texas after the storm Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a category 4, the strongest storm to hit Texas in the past 50 years. Along Route 35 between Port Aransas and Rockport, many homes and caravans were destroyed. Nancy and George Collins, residents of the area, found it hard to believe that their home has been completely destroyed. They told Fox News that they do not have any insurance or way to rebuild their lives. "We have a camper that survived it. At least we have something to live in," George said. "A lot of people don’t."   

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