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June 30, 2022

Harvey forces closing of 2 Houston airports, 100 flights canceled

Rockport, Texas, Aug 27 (EFE).- Tropical Storm Harvey forced the two most important airports in Houston to close and about 100 flights to be canceled, airport authorities posted on their respective Web pages.

The Stevens family checks weather on their phones as they walk the flooded street outside their Greenspoint District home as major flooding hits Houston, Texas, USA, 27 August 2017. The area of Houston and south Texas is expected to get over ten inches of rain from Hurricane Harvey after making landfall in the south coast of Texas as a major hurricane category 4. EFE

The facilities that had to close were the William P. Hobby Airport and the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, considered the largest in Houston and from which flights leave for different countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South America.

In all, more than 3,000 flights have been canceled over the weekend due to the “catastrophic” flooding in southeast Texas and which on Sunday particularly hit the city of Houston, the fourth largest in the US with 2 million inhabitants and where the flood water could reach 1 meter (3 feet) deep.

According to the flight tracking program Flight Aware, on Sunday 2,082 flights have been canceled on Sunday, added to the 1,100 suspended on Saturday and the 200 that were unable to take off on Friday due to the Harvey alerts.

Harvey first made landfall in Rockport, located northeast of Corpus Christi, at 10:00 pm Friday as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 215 kph (133 mph).

Though it has now weakened to a tropical storm, Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in 12 years.

A law enforcement vehicle drives around downed utility poles in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey near Fulton, Texas, USA, 26 August 2017. Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the south coast of Texas as a major hurricane category 4, and was the worst storm to hit the city of Rockport in 47 years. The last time a major hurricane of this size to hit the United States was in 2005. EFE

At least 5 die from Hurricane Harvey in Houston

San Antonio, Aug 27 (EFE).- Hurricane Harvey, now weakened to a tropical storm, left at least five people dead and dozens injured as it swept through Houston, Texas, the National Weather Service (NWS) said Sunday.

Authorities fear that the torrential rains will cause major floods from the rivers that flow through Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States with a population of 2 million.

Though the NWS speaks of five people killed, the Sheriff’s Office in Harris County, where Houston is located, could only confirm one fatality.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that while Harvey has maximum sustained winds of 65 kph (40 mph), the continued torrential rains make it as dangerous as a hurricane.

The NWS said the eye of the Harvey is now 55 kilometers (35 miles) east-southeast of San Antonio.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Sunday that the helicopters of emergency management teams are carrying out rescue missions in the Houston and east Texas areas.

Harvey, which made landfall Friday night in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, is scarcely moving at 2 kph (1 mph) in a south-southeasterly direction, which only increases its destructive power against everything in its path.

Harvey, the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in 12 years, first made landfall in Rockport, located northeast of Corpus Christi, at 10:00 pm Friday with maximum sustained winds of 215 kph (133 mph).

President Donald Trump said Sunday he will visit the affected areas of Texas as soon as possible.