Houston, Texas was experiencing severe flooding as a result of Hurricane Harvey on the evening of August 26 and morning of the 27th.
“One a road. Now a lake,” a woman wrote on Twitter.
Parts of Houston were described as islands surrounded by water.
Flash floods had been feared for days, and the reality had arrived. Search and rescue efforts were underway for people trapped in houses.
Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast in Rockport, causing severe damage to the small coastal community, on August 25 and then moved inland.
This was once a major roadway:
It’s been downgraded to a tropical storm, but that doesn’t make it any less dangerous.
Photos and videos showed dramatic scenes from across Houston.
“Small creeks & streams, urban areas, highways, streets, underpasses, drainage areas and low lying spots especially susceptible to flooding!” warned the National Weather Service’s Houston office.
NWS Houston also wrote the evening of August 26: “FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY: Around & north Hobby Airport to Pearland & Friendswood. PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL!”
Over 20 inches of rain had already fallen in many areas.
There was a tornado warning for Houston on the morning of August 27.
Gas station parking lots were flooded.
Houston, Pearland, and Pasadena TX were under a flash flood warning. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urged, “Please stay off the roads unless it is an emergency. You are safer at home.” He also wrote, “The weather system is very unpredictable but will produce rain over several days. Red Cross and City decided to open a few shelters now.”
Here is the latest Houston, Texas radar as of 11:15 p.m. on August 26.
See updated Houston weather forecast information here.
People posted videos and photos to social media showing the Houston flooding.
Although the hurricane had dissipated in strength as it moved midland, it was lingering over the area, dumping rain.
The local outlook statement from the National Weather Service reported for Houston at 10:30 p.m. on August 26, “Tropical Storm Harvey is barely moving and still producing bands of very heavy rainfall with some embedded tornadoes tonight.”
The outlook statement continued, “Prolonged extreme heavy rainfall and widespread flash flooding is the primary threat to Southeast Texas.”
Photos and videos bore this out.
“Numerous flash flood warnings have already been issued across the area, and widespread flooding is likely to continue over the next 3 to 5 days. Tornadoes have also been occurring across Southeast Texas over the last day or so and will likely continue through the next several days,” The NWS reported.
The statement continued, “Coastal flooding may be an ongoing issue along the coast where winds will continue to push water onshore, particularly south of Sargent. Elevated tides will cause the recession
of coastal flood waters to be slow, likely lasting into the first part of the week.”
Wind is also a concern. The statement noted, “Wind gusts to tropical storm force are still ongoing, primarily in the southwestern portions of the area towards Matagorda Bay. Though there are currently multiple hazards present across the area, the greatest threat to life and property remains the potential for extreme rainfall and subsequent prolonged and potentially catastrophic flash flooding well into next week.”