Satellite photo of Harvey on 26th August (CIRA)Hurricane Harvey is the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Around 3.00 a.m. on 26th August, the hurricane reached Rockport, Texas, with winds of 215 km/h (130 mph). It later made a second landfall in Texas just north of Holiday Beach at 6.00 a.m., before weakening to a tropical storm by about 12 hours later. As Harvey drifts northeastwards, Louisiana, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is preparing for major flooding.
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Harvey has caused devastating floods in the Texan city of Houston, where more than 30,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. Dams outside the city are beginning to overspill. Heavy rains on an unprecedented scale (more than 75 centimetres or 30 inches) have fallen for three days and the downpour is forecast to continue. The flooding has left millions of people stranded, with thousands taking to their rooftops to await rescue by helicopter or boat. At least 18 people are reported to have died in the Houston area, six from the same family. There are fears that more bodies will be found when the floods eventually recede.
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