An Indian security officer looks at vehicles set on fire by rioting followers of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in Panchkula on Friday
Harvey continued to pummel Texas during the early hours of Sunday morning, dropping half a foot of rain on Houston and causing dire, and deadly, flash floods.
“There’s flooding all over this city,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a livestream video early Sunday morning. “We have one fatality, and a potential second fatality from the flood waters out here.”
In a midnight update, the National Weather Service said that almost all of Harris County had seen between four and six inches of rain in the prior three hours.
Harvey pounded the Texas coast on Saturday, making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane that destroyed buildings and caused widespread power outages as residents evacuated towns. Later downgraded to a tropical storm, Harvey crept inland, then stalled and dropped hours of torrential rain that officials said has caused catastrophic flooding across a broad section of the state.
The woman in Houston was Harvey’s second fatality. Officials earlier confirmed another death near the small coastal town of Rockport, which took a direct hit from the storm, as search and rescue operations continued in ravaged areas that are still largely inaccessible. Officials said Rockport could receive as much as 60 inches of rain through midweek.
“We’ve been devastated,” Rockport Mayor C.J. Wax said in a telephone interview. “There are structures that are either significantly disrupted or completely destroyed. I have some buildings that are lying on the street.”