Last night, Hurricane Harvey made landfall around 10:00PM, hitting the coastal town of Rockport. Reports of the devastation left behind are still being gathered with many meteorologists saying, it’s not over yet.
KXAN meteorologist, David Yeomans reported live in Rockport during the hurricane’s landfall and as the eye provided calm for a few hours. You can see his fascinating live Facebook videos on his page. His hotel, rated to uphold during a category 5, ended up having to evacuate. The crew reported early this morning that they are safe. The storm moved slowly overnight and eventually dropped to a category 1 early this morning. While no deaths have yet been reported, emergency crews have stated it will be a while before they will be able to fully assess the damage. Power is out for hundreds of thousands in the area and flooding has occurred. Several structures in Rockport were severely damaged, including the local high school. The mayor of Port Aransas is asking evacuees not to return yet as the damage there is extensive. The National Guard is currently there helping with cleanup.
The Austin Disaster Relief Network is already in full swing to help with the effects the hurricane has left behind. They are loading trailers and gearing up for deployment. There is a disaster relief fund that has been set up. You can donate to it here.
As for what is to come, KXAN has reported there may be more tornado warnings as winds pick up. Early this morning, Bastrop and Lee counties were issued one for a short time. There are currently tropical storm warnings for Hays, Bastrop, Caldwell, and Fayette counties. A flash flood watch is in effect for Travis, Williamson, Hays, Blanco, Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette and Lee counties. Barton Creek and Onion Creek are currently being watched closely. Heavy rain is still expected this weekend.
We will continue to keep you updated on the latest with Hurricane Harvey. Stay safe and continue praying for those affected.