Don't be fooled by Hurricane Harvey's quick, eight-hour transition from a Category 4 monster with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour winds to a Category 1 with 90 miles per hour winds. And they dreaded the destruction that was yet to come from a storm that could linger for days and unload more than 40 inches (100 centimeters) of rain on cities, including dangerously flood-prone Houston, the nation's fourth-largest. Most victims were in Louisiana, but neighbouring MS also was hard hit.
Brett Buffington, a reporter at KHOU-TV reports 10 people have been taken to a makeshift hospital in the Rockport jail.
Ike brought extensive damage from strong winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall to Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, southern Bahamas, Cuba and the U.S. Gulf Coast.
"I have issued a disaster declaration that originally included 30 counties", Abbott said in Austin. It still maintained hurricane-force winds of 80 miles per hour until it was officially downgraded to a tropical storm, with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.
In addition, the Department of Defense announced that the Texas Military Department has deployed more than 1,000 personnel to Edna City, Texas ahead of Harvey making landfall.
"All night long, you could feel the windows rattling", Lewis says.
Three airlines - American, United, and Southwest - have canceled all flights in and out of Corpus Christi International Airport through the weekend. "We're still in the very infancy stage of getting this recovery started", said Aransas County spokesman Larry Sinclair.
The roof of Rockport High School was also damaged, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.
"You are doing a great job - the world is watching" Trump said on Saturday in a tweet referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which coordinates the response to major disasters. "We are anxious to get out there and make assessments, but we're hunkered down for now", he said. "They left before us and chose to stay", she said.
Following a Friday request from Texas Governor Gregg Abbott, US President Donald Trump signed on order declaring the region a disaster area, authorizing the release of millions of dollars in emergency aid. Sometime early next week it is forecast to go back into the warm Gulf of Mexico waters, which provides fuel, then turn back in for a potential second hit on what may be an already flooded Houston-Galveston area. Many think these monsters are actually getting more prevalent, but there were 14 of these storms to come ashore in the US from 1926 to 1969.
Airbnb has launched a portal so that the people who have been displaced by the hurricane can find a place to stay.
In fear of flooding and tornadoes, several Houston suburb areas have issued mandatory evacuations.
Almost 200 Corpus Christi police officers were deployed Saturday morning throughout the city, where most traffic lights weren't working.