Tropical Storm Now Pounding Louisiana As Houston, Texas Remains Virtually Paralyzed

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Tropical Storm Harvey bore down on eastern Texas and Louisiana on Wednesday, bringing the catastrophic downpours that paralyzed the U.S. energy hub of Houston, where record rainfall drove tens of thousands of people from their homes. houston-floods3

The storm that first came ashore on Friday near Corpus Christi, Texas, as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years has killed at least 17 people and forced 30,000 people to flee to emergency shelters.

 

Damage has been estimated at tens of billions of dollars, making it one of the costliest U.S. natural disasters.

 

Clear skies in Houston on Wednesday brought relief to the fourth-largest U.S. city after five days of downpours, as Harvey headed northeast, drenching cities including Port Arthur, Texas, and Lake Charles, Louisiana.

 

Some Houston residents began to leave emergency shelters, apprehensive about discovering what remained of the flooded homes they had fled.

 

Handyman Mike Dickerson, 52, a handyman, carried a grocery bag of his possessions through the city’s streets as he tried to figure out how to make it back to his home, which was waist-deep in water the last time he saw it.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: AP
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