HOUSTON (AP) – The Newest on Tropical Storm Harvey (all occasions native):
Harvey has gained a little bit of power however stayed a tropical storm. Its winds elevated from forty five mph (seventy two kph) to 50 mph (eighty kph).
However the Nationwide Hurricane Middle says that studying Tuesday afternoon could also be uncommon as a result of it was from a low flying hurricane hunter airplane.
Forecasters say heavy rains are persevering with to unfold over southeastern Texas and southern Louisiana.
The rains in Cedar Bayou, close to Mont Belvieu, Texas, reached fifty one.88 inches (132 centimeters) as of three:30 p.m. CDT. That is a document for each Texas and the continental United States nevertheless it does not fairly move the fifty two inches (133 centimeters) from tropical cyclone Hiki in Kauai, Hawaii, in 1950 (earlier than Hawaii turned a state).
An official says that a levee defending a subdivision of houses in a county south of Houston has been fortified after being breached however warns the menace is way from over.
Brazoria County spokeswoman Sharon Trower stated Tuesday afternoon that the levee had been fortified. Earlier within the day the county had posted on Twitter: “NOTICE: The levee at Columbia Lakes has been breached!! GET OUT NOW!!”
She says that some water did get via nevertheless it wasn’t substantial. She warns that authorities do not understand how lengthy the fortification will maintain. She additionally notes the breach occurred on account of rainwater however that the close by Brazos River continues to spill out of its banks.
Trower says that the obligatory evacuation ordered Sunday morning nonetheless stands and notes that a lot of the residents within the space have left.
Brazoria County Decide Matt Sebesta has stated that there are tons of of houses within the tree-lined subdivision located round a golf course.
Federal regulators say dozens of offshore oil-and-fuel platforms and rigs within the Gulf of Mexico have been evacuated as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to dump heavy rainfall on the area.
The U.S. Bureau of Security and Environmental Enforcement stated in a press release Tuesday that staff have been evacuated from 102 manufacturing platforms, which is almost 14 % of the 737 manned platforms within the Gulf.
5 of the ten drilling rigs presently working in…