Photos Of Hurricane Harvey Show How It Ripped Through Texas & Devastated Homes
After making landfall just northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday night, Hurricane Harvey has devastated Southeast Texas — and photographs circulated by journalists show just how badly. Images and videos shared on Twitter show deserted communities where vehicles have been smashed by trees, flood waters have overrun roads, and fire has destroyed property.
Nonetheless, despite the post-apocalyptic feel to many of the visuals of post-Harvey Texas, there were still small, beautiful moments: a wind chime that managed to stay attached to a porch roof, the eery calm of the eye of the hurricane, as captured by storm chasers.
And though Hurricane Harvey has weakened significantly and will continue to do so in the coming hours, elected officials warned the public that the recovery process will take many days due to continued rainfall and extensive flooding.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told Good Morning America:
This is still going to be a major rain event for the city of Houston and Harris county. This is just day one. We're anticipating a lot of rain over the next four or five days. We anticipate there will be flooding.
According to The Washington Post, Harvey had brought 15 inches of rain in some Texas communities as of 10 a.m. CST.
Hurricane Harvey Has Uprooted Trees
According to the Associated Press, Rockport, Texas, Mayor Charles Wax said that Hurricane Harvey had struck his community "right on the nose" and caused "widespread devastation."
Port Lavaca, Another Coastal Town, Was Also Hit Hard by Harvey
According to The Washington Post, Hurricane Harvey had caused 6-foot storm surges and much flooding in Port Lavaca, Texas.
Harvey Has Also Caused Significant Damage Further Inland
According to KHOU, Hurricane Harvey caused a tornado to touch down in Sienna Plantation, a neighborhood of Missouri City, Texas.
Sienna Plantation has also seen much flooding, according to CBS News.
Hurricane Harvey Brought Strong Winds With It
When Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday night, it was a Category 4 storm with winds of up to 130 mph. Though hitting land has caused the storm to weaken to a Category 1 storm with winds of 90 mph, the hurricane was still strong enough to send a corrugated tin barn careening across an empty lot in Corpus Christi.
Hurricane Harvey's Devastation Also Seemed To Have An Element of Randomness
Hurricane Harvey caused significant storm surges, ripped roofs off houses, and uprooted trees. However, it seems that some little things were able to stay put despite the hurricane's powerful gusts. According to one Houston-based news reporter, a wind chime was found still in place, still tinkling on the porch of one Texas home.
Katy, Texas, Also Saw Massive Damage From Harvey
Store owners in Katy, Texas, told Houston ABC affiliate KTRK that Harvey had caused a tornado to touch down in their community.