Hurricane Harvey strikes for a second time. Early Wednesday Harvey rolled into the western part of Louisiana which is in proximity to the border with Texas. The National Weather Service predicts this area to receive between 6 to 10 inches of rain or more. Winds were expected to reach about 50mph with gusts up to 60mph. Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical storm.
The National Hurricane Center said it will continue relief efforts as life-threatening weather plagues the region. Authorities noted that while the downpour lessens in the Houston area, potentially deadly flooding is now going to be a serious threat to lives through the weekend.
The now-tropical storm was centered near Cameron, Louisiana which is 25 miles northwest of Lake Charles.
Emergency first-responders and volunteers continued rescue efforts.
Tropical storm Harvey rages strong after six days of Mother Nature's continual destruction. Harvey has descended upon Louisiana leaving countless people with orders to evacuate. In Houston the shelters were teeming with people who were also expressing deep concern over the safety and welfare of their family, friends and state of their homes.
With floods being a primary concern, officials expressed concern over the danger of falling trees due to the water saturation in the ground, which leaves roots shaky and makes it relatively easy for trees to topple and damage property and people.
Officials reiterated the danger of flash floods all around Harvey-affected areas.
Police authorities announced that Officer Sgt. Steve Perez of the Houston Police Department was on his way to work and perished in high floodwaters on Sunday. Police dispatched a search and rescue team after he did not show up for work. It took a team of divers to recover his body under the floodwater.
Sgt. Perez was urged by his family to not go to work that day and his response was that which we would expect from an exemplary law enforcement officer, that he had no choice, there's work to be done.
Sgt. Steve Perez, end of watch, August 27, 2017.
In Louisiana where previous forecasts were ominous for the state with many experts predicting massive rains and flooding, the governor said said that things are not as bad as had been expected. He went on to say that while they may not have taken the battering they expected, that neighboring Texas is still continuing to be hit with dangerous weather and its resulting damage.
Only roughly 330 people were in shelters in Louisiana, mainly near the Lake Charles area with some refugees coming from inundated Texas.
Homeland Secretary Elaine Duke declared that the US government would continue to assist those affected by Harvey indefinitely. She added that the storm is unprecedented in Texas and its people would require significant assistance in the long endeavor of rebuilding their ravaged cities. She also noted that while the federal government is keeping its eye on Louisiana it is focusing primarily on the Houston area of Texas, which has been the hardest hit area by far.
Roughly 19,000 people have already been successfully rescued in greater Houston with many more people trying to evacuate from their dilapidated homes.
FEMA went on record to note that there are over 230 shelters operating throughout the affected areas to help Harvey victims, holding a whopping 30,000+ people.
Louisiana braces for the threat of potential tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
Originally, weather experts predicted that Harvey could travel as far as Mississippi which could have potentially negative affects of New Orleans, the epicenter of the devastation caused by the infamous Hurricane Katrina. These fears are only worsened as news of faulty water pumps in NOLA have recently came to light.