Hurricane Harvey Day 3 As It Happened: Alerts, Pictures and Updates on Texas and Louisiana Storm

Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey is seen in the Gulf Coast off Texas in this National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite image from August 24. A high-school football coach, a police officer and several children are believed to have died in the storms and flooding. NOAA/Handout via Reuters
  • Houston metro area and other deluged towns in southeastern Texas braced for devastating floods and pummeling rainfall on Sunday
  • The second fatality in the storm occurred in the Houston area when a woman drove her vehicle into high water, police said
  • The first fatality was reported in the coastal city of Rockport, where the victim died in a house fire during the storm
  • More than 200,000 people across Texas are still without electricity
  • Though the storm slowed Saturday and was downgraded to a tropical storm, the National Hurricane Center has predicted "catastrophic" flooding. "It's going to last four to five days," said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
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Lee Padilla walks in the Cottage Grove neighborhood of Houston, which has been inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey, on August 27. Getty

Update 1:47 p.m. E.T. - "This will be a devastating disaster, probably the worst disaster the state's seen," FEMA director William "Brock" Long told The Washington Post on Sunday, referring to the impact of Hurricane Harvey on Texas. "The recovery to this event is going to last many years to be able to help Texas and the people impacted by this event achieve a new normal."

Help those affected by #HurricaneHarvey. Visit https://t.co/IwTsENcx2z, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. pic.twitter.com/r4qSn8byXj

— American Red Cross (@RedCross) August 26, 2017

Update 1:06 p.m. E.T. - At least five people have been reported dead following catastrophic flooding in what the National Weather Service described as an "unprecedented" event.

This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced. Follow orders from officials to ensure safety. #Harvey pic.twitter.com/IjpWLey1h8

— National Weather Service (@NWS) August 27, 2017

Residents in Houston and other areas of Texas are being advised not to drive in floodwater, which authorities say is where the majority of fatalities occur. Driving through heavy flooding also could create a wake that would push more water into people's homes.

Driving through flood waters creates a wake that could push the flooding into someone's home. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOOD WATERS #txwx pic.twitter.com/zE3A2y3D3H

— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) August 27, 2017

Update: 10.47 a.m. ET - One Twitter user has posted pictures taken by her cousin as he waits for help on the roof of his home in Houston, his neighborhood submerged.

This picture was taking from my cousin sitting on his roof... prayers for Houston and surrounding areas pic.twitter.com/ks01DaJMd1

— Sara Dee (@Schwanger21) August 27, 2017

All morning, desperate residents have tweeted requests for help from the rooftops of their homes, where they took refuge as the waters rose.

address is 11711 woodshadow houston tx 77013 a mom and children stuck on the roof

— K.M.D.M❤️ (@_Killahkee) August 27, 2017

Update: 10.26. a.m. ET - With the city battered by floods and storms, a tornado warning was issued for southern Houston, with those in its path advised to move away from windows.

A tornado warning has been issued for southern Houston, moving N. Hunker down in place away from windows if possible pic.twitter.com/FphJx946qk

— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 27, 2017

Update: 10.15. a.m. ET - Houston's mayor says there have been more than 2,000 calls for rescue amid the flooding, and the city's convention center has opened as an emergency shelter, Associated Press is reporting.

Update: 10.04 a.m. ET - Houston police are asking locals with boats to help them with their rescue efforts. Earlier, authorities asked people not to call 911 unless their problem was urgent, as they struggled to deal with the waves of calls for assistance.

HELP NEEDED: League City PD looking for people with boats to help assist with rescue and evacuation. More: https://t.co/nwRyrL194t pic.twitter.com/jpXGsaDyks

— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) August 27, 2017

Update: 9.56 a.m. ET - Texas governor Greg Abbott has told ABC that the flooding from Harvey may be the worst Houston has ever seen.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says flooding in Houston from #Harvey may be the worst the city has ever suffered. https://t.co/JoajKP0i9m pic.twitter.com/A5rz3RF26V

— ABC News (@ABC) August 27, 2017

Update: 9.41 a.m. ET - Footage shows Houston residents waist-deep in water, with their belongings piled on makeshift rafts as they attempt to find safety.

I simply cannot believe what is happening in #Houston right now. #HoustonFlood #Harvey. This is playing out live on @weatherchannel pic.twitter.com/zfaKardjzc

— Mike Bettes (@mikebettes) August 27, 2017

Update: 9.14 a.m. ET - According to reports, the death toll from the floods has risen to five.

Earlier, a woman and child were reported to have been killed when their vehicle became trapped by rising floodwaters near Houston.

Update: 9.05 a.m. ET - President Trump has tweeted about the storm and the devastating floods in Texas, and announced he plans to visit the state as soon as it is viable without disrupting emergency and rescue efforts.

Great coordination between agencies at all levels of government. Continuing rains and flash floods are being dealt with. Thousands rescued.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017

Many people are now saying that this is the worst storm/hurricane they have ever seen. Good news is that we have great talent on the ground.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017

I will be going to Texas as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption. The focus must be life and safety.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2017

Update: 8.58 a.m. ET - Residents affected by the floods sent desperate tweets to officials as waters rose overnight.

@SheriffEd_HCSO we need help it's like 12 adults and 10 toddlers....can you please call me 832-462-0060

— Kwan (@Kwan_Da_Don5) August 27, 2017

Update: 8.53 a.m. ET - Pictures show roads and highways near Houston completely submerged after torrential rainfall overnight.

IH-610 east loop @ Market Street already under several feet of water, nearly covering the tops of the interstate signs #Harvey #houstonflood pic.twitter.com/MklgBPqdPY

— Eric Webb (@webberweather) August 27, 2017

Daylight reveals the extent of flooding in Houston #hurricane #harvey #Houston buffalobayoupark #flood #flooding #… https://t.co/YCyGkAJg6M pic.twitter.com/wAYU7zZz7G

— DoubleHorn Photo (@DoubleHornPhoto) August 27, 2017

Update: 8.49 a.m. ET - Houston mayor Sylvester Turner is urging residents to check on their neighbors, the elderly and those with disabilities as the devastating floods continue.

If you can now is the time to check on your neighbors who are seniors and those with disabilities. st

— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) August 27, 2017

Update: 8.04 a.m. ET - Houston news network KHOU11 is reportedly having to move to its second floor, with floodwater seeping into the studio.

Water coming into studio at #KHOU11... We are moving upstairs. pic.twitter.com/MMEljNatw7

— Doug Delony (@DougDelonyKHOU) August 27, 2017

Update: 7.51 a.m. ET - Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has described the damage caused by the storm as "almost apocalyptic" in a Fox News interview.

RT - FoxNews - .GovMikeHuckabee #HurricaneHarvey: "You have all the federal assets that were stood up in advance o… pic.twitter.com/gF3nDahdbN

— MyDeepestSoros (@MyDeepestSoros) August 27, 2017

Update: 7.46 a.m. ET - Authorities have ctold residents in Houston not to take refuge from rising floodwaters in their attics, but to access roofs instead.

WANT TO STRESS Persons should NOT go into their attics, but instead onto the roof, & if calling 911 stay on the line until it is answered!!

— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) August 27, 2017

Update: 6.22 a.m. ET - The death toll of the storm has reportedly risen to three, with a woman and child killed in flooding on an interstate highway, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The first fatality was reported in the coastal town of Rockport, where a woman died in a house fire during the storm.

Images on social media show roads in the Houston area submerged in water overnight.

Folks - driving through flood waters is going to get more people killed tonight in Houston. Already unconfirmed report of 1 dead. #houwx https://t.co/Fxf0TMve8D

— Texas Storm Chasers (@TxStormChasers) August 27, 2017

Update: 6.16 a.m. ET - A dog carrying a bag of food in storm-swept Houston has become an unlikely viral hero and a symbol of Texan resilience.

The image has been shared more than 24,000 times on Facebook.

Dog flees #HurricaneHarvey carrying a bag of dog food. https://t.co/I6h67V8TsB pic.twitter.com/MONBw3NweQ

— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) August 27, 2017

Update: 5.11 a.m. ET - NBC is reporting hundreds of water rescues underway in Houston. According to the Houston Chronicle, families are being forced to flee into attics to escape rising flood waters.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted:

have reports of people getting into attic to escape floodwater do not do so unless you have an ax or means to break through onto your roof

— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) August 27, 2017

Update: 5.01 a.m. ET - The National Weather Center said that "catastrophic, life-threatening" flooding is ongoing across southeast Texas.

1:45 AM CDT FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY LIST UPDATE. CATASTROPHIC LIFE THREATENING FLOODING ONGOING ACROSS SE TEXAS. #houwx #glswx #txwx #bcswx pic.twitter.com/tXIdeqmnLw

— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) August 27, 2017

Update: 4.57 a.m. ET - Footage is emerging of the heavy flooding in Austin, Texas, which has been battered by heavy rainfall overnight.

This is Allen Parkway in front of our studios. Everyone please don't drive. #KHOU11 #Houston #HurricaneHarvey pic.twitter.com/JfypuTnfXI

— Alexandria Williams (@AlexandriaKHOU) August 27, 2017

Storm water coming in so quickly the sewer drain covers are being pushed up here in Houston. #HurricaneHarvey pic.twitter.com/WQMy0ojfCI

— Matthew MacDougall (@DrMacDougall) August 27, 2017