Corpus Christi was in the direct line of fire for Hurricane Harvey and, for a while, it looked like the city would be seeing the eye of the hurricane. But Harvey ended up moving about 30 miles north and made landfall at Rockport instead.
But the Coastal Bend was still expected to experience storm surges up to 12 feet high, with winds 100 mph or more, and up to two feet of rain this weekend.
As far as buildings that were damaged, an assessment hasn’t yet been made. Officials have to wait until the dangerous weather conditions subside before they can make these determinations. But videos like this one can help:
But some of the damage seen so far includes:
- Damage to signs, buildings, cars, and roofs
- Traffic signs down
- Windows broken
- City’s water supply damaged
- Many without power
- An overnight home invasion involving a shooting
- There were reports of looting, but these were not confirmed
Here are some more details.
The city’s water supply took a big hit from Hurricane Harvey. There’s a boil advisory currently in effect and, knowing how long it’s taken the city to get those fixed before, it might be a while.
Some residents may also be without power for at least 48 hours, KIII-TV reported. In fact, as of 1 a.m. on Saturday, 162,000 people were without power in the Corpus Christi area. The Corpus Christi Metro has a population of 442,600, so this accounted for about 25 percent, Wiley Post, a KHOU reporter, shared.
Reporters staying at the Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi told KIII that they could feel the building swaying as Harvey came ashore.
And other reporters, driving down the highway, noticed that highway signs were down from the wind.
Another possible but unconfirmed point of “damage” took the form of looters. One homeowner shot an intruder during a home invasion.
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