By The News Staff of Georgia Weekly Post
▲ Hurricane Harvey. According to local press reports , Rockport, a coastal city of about 10,000 people, was directly hit when Harvey came ashore.
Harvey is the first major hurricane - classified as Category 3 or above - to hit the U.S. in over a decade.
Harvey could dump up to three feet of rain in some spots in the next week as it lingers over the area, adding to the threat of flash flooding and storm surges.
Hurricane Harvey has settled over southeast Texas early Saturday after it made landfall on the Texas coast near Rockport on Friday night, becoming the first major hurricane - classified as Category 3 or above - to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
No deaths were immediately confirmed in the hours after Harvey’s arrival, but officials noted emergency crews couldn’t get out in many places due to high winds.
According to local press reports , Rockport, a coastal city of about 10,000 people, was directly hit when Harvey came ashore.
Rockport City Manager Kevin Carruth told KIII-TV that multiple people were taken to the county’s jail for assessment and treatment after the roof of a senior housing complex collapsed. Carruth also said that the historic downtown area has also sustained heavy damage, according to KIII-TV.
As of late Friday night, at least 10 people were treated for injuries, KIII-TV reported.
In Corpus Christi, the major city closest to the center of the storm, wind whipped palm trees and stinging sheets of horizontal rain slapped against hotels and office buildings along the city’s seawall as the storm made landfall.
Corpus Christi police said a homeowner shot an intruder after Hurricane Harvey made landfall. The victim was "coherent" when he was rushed to a hospital, police say.
The storm's biggest concern may eventually turn out to be flooding from days and days of torrential rain. Harvey will stall and spin for the next three to five days, dumping up to 2 feet of rain across the region.
Harvey "may be nothing short of a flooding disaster," for Texas, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, who said some communities could be underwater for days. Forecasters were already measuring 28-foot-high waves near the eye of the storm.
Facing what could be the most powerful storm to slam into the United States in more than a decade, President Trump and the team he has put in place at the Federal Emergency Management Agency were bracing on Friday for one of the most important tests of his presidency.
The stakes could be exceedingly high. Few events test the effectiveness of an administration — or bear as many political risks — like a major natural disaster.
The storm, Hurricane Harvey, made landfall near Corpus Christi, Tex., as a Category 4 hurricane late Friday. It is predicted to pummel the South Texas coast with winds exceeding 110 miles an hour and up to three feet of rain. After making landfall, forecasters predicted, the storm would make a turn back up the coast toward Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city and home to the oil and gas industry.
Mr. Trump used the power of his preferred megaphone, his Twitter account, to signal to his more than 36 million followers on Friday that he was closely watching the storm, as members of his administration sought to project that they were on top of the looming crisis.
Mr. Trump’s homeland security adviser, Thomas P. Bossert, told reporters on Friday that the president has been in close touch with the governors of Texas and Louisiana, the two states most likely to be affected. Late Friday night, Mr. Trump signed a federal disaster declaration to support the local response in Texas, which the president said in a tweet “unleashes the full force of government help!”