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Hurricane Harvey downgraded to tropical storm, recovery will take 'years'

Hurricane Harvey downgraded to tropical storm, recovery will take 'years'

It has now been downgraded. As many as 338,000 Texans along the coast are without power, the governor said.

The region is facing the prospect of catastrophic flooding from the torrential rains.

The Category 4 storm made landfall in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Although the storm continues to weaken, rain threats remain and the entire Houston area remains under a flash-flood watch until Tuesday evening.

Several places are already reported to have received well over 10in.

Storm surges as high as 7 feet are possible in some areas of coastal Texas.

"Hurricane Harvey is an intense hurricane that's now approaching the Texas coast line", said Luis Uccellini, National Weather Service Director.

It's much calmer now in Corpus Christi. These tides will inhibit the rainfall accumulation from being drained into the Gulf of Mexico by the numerous rivers located between Corpus Christi and Houston.

Utility companies say almost 300,000 customers are without electricity.

Traffic lights uprooted by the wind in Corpus Christi, Texas. Although the wind was screeching all night, he says, in the morning there was no sign of any serious structural damage there.

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The Texas National Guard announced Saturday that it mobilized to begin a search and rescue mission for citizens potentially lost in the storm.

"We hate to talk about things like that.It's not something we like to do but it's the reality, people don't listen", he said to ABC News. Local officials reported destroyed homes and blown-off roofs.

That number may prove to be the peak number of outages for the storm.

When the storm struck near Rockport, wind speeds were 125mph.

The storm brought crushing winds up to 130 miles per hour, which downed trees and power lines in Corpus Christi.

"It was pretty insane out there". The foundation said they have enough clothing to provide to the victims.

The powerful storm has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes and crippled oil production in the Gulf. In an announcement after the briefing, he added 20 additional counties to the state's disaster declaration.

One fatality has been confirmed since the hurricane hit landfall at around 10 p.m. on Friday night. Houston, the fourth most populous city in the country, is included in the high-end of those rainfall projections.

If the state decides to send the team, they would take two boat systems and a logistics trailer with them to Texas, Papagni said. Isolated impacts are likely as far to the south as Brownsville, Texas.

More than 300,000 people are now without power, according to Electric Reliability Council of Texas company's Twitter account.

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