After Hurricane Harvey brought massive flooding to Houston over the weekend, Americans from across the nation showed their support for the flooded city with #HoustonStrong on Twitter. Messages ranged from well wishes to images of city residents being rescued by first responders. "All the first responders and citizens taking action to rescue people from the flooding, you are heroes," said Cleveland, OH, news anchor Katie Ussin, before adding #HoustonStrong to the end of her post.
On Friday, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm with winds of up to 130 m.p.h. Over the course of the night and during the day on Saturday, the storm weakened significantly; however, it still dump a deluge-amount of rain, flooding the streets of communities across Southeast Texas.
"Houston Strong" seems to be a new iteration of the phrase "Boston Strong," which became a popular sentiment across the nation after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. The Boston version of the saying even spawned a line of t-shirts. According to the t-shirt makers, the saying was based on a notion that then-President Barack Obama shared in his statement on the attack: that Boston is a special community, a particularly resilient community, and would be able to pull through the damage the bombing had caused.
And based on media reports of rescue operations, it seems like Houston is just as resilient a city as Boston has been — #HoustonStrong, indeed.