Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath: an update
More deaths have been reported, evacuation centers are packed, gas prices are up and the task of assessing the damage from the historic storm has barely begun. Here are a few stories about the storm and its effects:
Hurricane Harvey’s death toll continues to rise
The death toll from Tropical Storm Harvey rose to 28 on Wednesday, according to a report. Another 17 suspected storm-related deaths have occurred in Harris County, Texas, which was devastated by catastrophic flooding that occurred throughout the state, CNN reported.
Firefighters search Houston homes for Harvey victims
Floodwaters may be receding in parts of Texas and Louisiana hit hard by Harvey, but the misery wrought by the storm is expected to continue for tens of thousands of residents.
Officials struggle to house evacuees
More than 32,000 Texans are currently being housed in evacuation centers, although authorities are cautioning that such measures are meant to be temporary. Already some have been moved to motels and hotels by FEMA.
Harvey could affect U.S. energy security
Hurricane damage led to the shutdown of a major oil pipeline from Texas to the East Coast, potentially affecting fuel supplies for people in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. Fuel prices have already risen.
Another hurricane is waiting in the wings
It’s too early to tell if she’ll have an effect on the United States, but Hurricane Irma is brewing in the Atlantic, packing 100-mph winds and fixing to become a major hurricane.
Pet rescues go viral amid Harvey’s floods
A hawk who took refuge in a cab, a horse, and even bats were among the non-humans rescued during the high winds and flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey – rescues often captured on video and shared online.