Houston Texas, Aug. 26. There is at least one death report and several other injuries on Saturday after Hurricane Harvey downgraded to a tropical storm after its strong landfall Friday night. The Coast Guard rescued at least 32 people from several boats in Texas waters on Friday and Saturday as a result of Hurricane Harvey, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm.
As Harvey downgraded, it continued inflicting its damage across a wide swath of Southeast Texas, with tornadoes ripping apart homes and businesses, swollen bayous and rivers expected to reach flood stage.
There is threat of more rain in the offing, depending on the storm’s slow track through the weekend.
In the live broadcast Saturday afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said there is the potential for “very dramatic flooding.” Water is rising and will be swift moving, he said.
There were already 1,500 evacuees in state parks, while Abbott said he activated more than 1,800 service members to help with cleanup.
Bands of rain continue to pound the Houston area Saturday as the outer rings of Harvey moved inland from the coast.
In fear of flooding and tornadoes, several Houston suburb areas have issued mandatory evacuations. Several rivers in Houston suburb are expected to reach their highest measure level since 1960s.
Motorists were advised to stay off of 59 South between downtown and 610 as all exits have high levels of water. Not that there are motorists on these roads anyway.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced Saturday that inmates in three prisons were being evacuated because of anticipated flooding from a nearby rising river. About 4,500 inmates were being transferred by buses to facilities in East Texas.
Weather forecast showed there have been than 50 cm of rain in the coastal area of Texas since the landfall of Harvey and another 40 to 50 cm of rain is expected in the coming days.
Throughout Friday night, some coastal counties experienced power outage, affecting hundreds of thousands of people. But more than 97 percent of Houston’s grid still has power, according to CenterPoint’s outage map.
Meanwhile, activists wasted no time in using Hurricane Harvey to tout their political agenda of climate change and global warming. Some even said those in the region deserved the storm because of their disbelief in the climate notion. Others jabbed at the president for his policies.
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said on Saturday that about 25 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production is offline due to Tropical Storm Harvey,
That equates to roughly 428,568 barrels of oil per day out of the roughly 1.75 million bpd pumped from the Gulf. The amount of oil production offline increased from Friday, when roughly 22 percent of output was affected.
Photo: Hurricane Harvey slams texas
About 26 percent of Gulf natural gas production is offline, or about 835 million cubic feet per day, BSEE said.
Roughly 112 platforms have been evacuated in the Gulf so far as a result of Harvey, about 15 percent of those in the region. Half of the drilling rigs in the Gulf have also been evacuated, BSEE said.
BSEE tabulates the data by polling 30 Gulf operators.