A marathon storm called Hurricane Harvey is currently battering the city of Houston, Texas in the USA.
The strongest hurricane to hit US in 13 years has already killed at least two people and is battering the Texas coastline before moving inland, bringing fears of disastrous floods. Already, thousand of people have been evacuated from affected areas.
As coastal Texas cleaned up from Hurricane Harvey and recovery efforts continued, the storm shifted its attention to Houston, bringing intense rainfall that threatened “historic” flooding as freeways turned into rivers and water rushed into homes.
Amid predictions that as much as 50in of rain could fall, the water rose so high that people were advised to climb to their roofs rather than take refuge in attics, unless they had “an axe or means to break through”.
Heavy rains were predicted to linger for several days. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood emergency warning and said “catastrophic flooding in the Houston metropolitan area is expected to worsen and could become historic”.