Charles Wax, mayor of the coastal city of Rockport, said one person died in a house fire as the hurricane came ashore Friday night. Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills Jr. told the Austin American-Statesman that 12 to 14 other people were injured.
“It’s pretty sickening,” Mills told the paper. “Lots of emotions are involved when you see your community destroyed like this, but we’ll bounce back.”
Harvey came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane about 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, packing winds of 130 miles per hour. It weakened overnight to a Category 1 and then to a tropical storm. By early Saturday afternoon, the storm’s maximum sustained winds had fallen to about 70 mph, and the storm was centered about 60 miles southeast of San Antonio. It was moving north at 2 mph, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.
By dawn, nearly 300,000 consumers were without power in the coastal region, and nearly 20 inches of rain had fallen in some places. (Click to Site)