2 fatalities confirmed in Texas as Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc

Though Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical storm, the storm that began as a Category 4 has left a trail of destruction in its wake: Two people were killed, over 10 were wounded and 240,000 people are still left without electricity. Authorities fear that the heavy rains will cause more flooding and severe damage.

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Since making landfall on Friday night in the southern state of Texas, the Category 4 hurricane has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. High winds and heavy rains have caused serious damage and authorities fear further flooding that would add to the devastation. Search and rescue efforts continue as the residents who refused to evacuate remain at risk.

Two people have been reported dead since the storm began; One man died in a fire that broke out in a residential building in Rockport and a woman died in Houston from the flooding. More than 10 people have sustained minor injuries like broken limbs.

Hurricane Harvey leaves destruction in its wake Photo Credit: Sky News/ Channel 2 News

Hurricane Harvey is the worst hurricane to strike the US in the last decade and the largest that Texas has seen in the last 50 years. The the storm has left "widespread devastation," the Mayor of Rockport told CNN. He reported that search and rescue services are going door-to-door in search of residents in need of assistance and to assess the damage. "We've already taken a severe blow from the storm," he said, "but we're anticipating another one when the flooding comes."

Across Texas, 240,000 people have been left without electricity. The extensive destruction throughout the area includes fallen trees, collapsed houses, uprooted signs and flooding. "It's going to last four to five days," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. He also urged drivers to stay off the road, stressing that this was only "Day One."

As reported earlier by JOL, rescue forces have advised residents who did not evacuate to write their Social Security numbers on their arms for identification purposes should their bodies be found.



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