Hurricane Harvey leaves ‘widespread devastation’, 300,000 residents without power

Although Hurricane Harvey is now a Category 1 storm, Texas authorities continue in their efforts to assess the massive damage it has caused. 300,000 people still have no power and rescue forces advised residents who did not evacuate to write their Social Security numbers on their arms for identification purposes.
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Even after Hurricane Harvey was lowered to a Category 1 storm after making landfall early this morning (Saturday), Texas is reporting ‘widespread devastation’ while extremely heavy rainfall and wind are expected to continue for at least the next few days. More than 300,000 Texas residents are currently without power.

Large areas in southwestern Texas are covered in trees uprooted by the strong winds, while road signs fell and walls collapsed. As a result, local authorities advised residents who did not evacuate their homes to write their Social Security numbers on their arms in case of a need for identification.

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“There’s been widespread devastation,” stated Rockport Mayor Charles Wax. “We’ve already taken a severe blow from the storm, but we’re anticipating another one when the flooding comes.” Wax also said that no injuries have been reported yet, adding that emergency services are going house to house in order to assess the damage caused by the storm.

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