What is Going on With Hurricane Harvey?

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Overwhelmed by the news from Texas since Hurricane Harvey made landfall? Here is an overview of coverage by The New York Times that will be updated as events continue.

The latest news can be found in our live storm briefing.

What’s happening on the ground

At least 10 people have been killed and many more injured. Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, has been inundated: Parts of Harris County have received more than 30 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service, and that will only increase. The rain is expected to continue through Wednesday.

Unlike many other cities in the hurricane’s path, Houston did not order evacuations before the storm, and countless residents were trapped in flooding homes. People fled to higher floors, and then to roofs; the Coast Guard rescued dozens. Chief Art Acevedo of the Houston Police Department warned residents on Sunday not to take shelter in their attics “unless you have an ax or means to break through onto your roof.”

Emergency dispatchers were overwhelmed, and some residents began pleading for help on social media. Many people shared an image of nursing home residents sitting in waist-high waters before they were rescued. Clifford Krauss, a Times reporter who lives in Houston, filed a dispatch from his own flooded home.

Homeless Houstonians endured a night of terror as Harvey pounded the city from Saturday into Sunday. All across the state, dramatic rescues unfolded. In parts of Texas where the worst had passed, residents tried to assess the damage.

Houston’s health care infrastructure struggled to treat victims. The brutal storm is also putting the brakes on the area’s recent economic upswing.

Here is a Times video of the flooding and some of the most powerful photosof the devastation. If you can do so safely, please share your own photos and videos here, or leave us a voicemail.

What made Harvey so powerful?

What set Harvey apart was its rain. The downpour has been torrential and unceasing. Once the storm made landfall, it essentially stalled. Roads in Houston and elsewhere were turned into raging rivers. By the time the storm ends, some areas may see more than 50 inches of rain, forecasters said.

Scientists say the hurricane was fueled by a deadly combination of factors, including warm water in the Gulf of Mexico and a lack of wind in the upper atmosphere, which might otherwise have guided the storm away from land.

“This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced,” the National Weather Service tweeted Sunday morning.

How the storm developed

Tropical Storm Harvey strengthened into a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico last week and made landfall northeast of Corpus Christi, Tex., around 9:45 p.m. on Friday. It was a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour. It then moved offshore before making landfall again on the shore of Copano Bay, this time as a Category 3 hurricane.

The affected area includes some of Texas’ most populous cities, stretching along the state’s Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi to Houston, and inland to Austin and San Antonio. Parts of Louisiana are also expecting heavy rain.

Here are maps of Harvey’s path.

Who is responding and how?

President Trump responded to the storm with a series of tweets, noting the severity of the disaster and praising emergency workers. He signed a federal disaster proclamation and made plans to visit Texas on Tuesday.

In a news conference with the president of Finland on Monday afternoon, Mr. Trump said he had just spoken with Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas. He said he expected to receive formal requests for federal aid “very soon,” and predicted that Congress would approve them “very, very quickly.”

Houston opened its convention center as a mass shelter, and Dallas planned to do the same. Tens of thousands of people spent the weekend in shelters. In San Antonio, some of them talked to a Times reporter about their fears for what awaited them back home.

How you can help

Many organizations are helping victims on the ground. Here are a few:

• Donations to the Red Cross can be made online, or text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.

• Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online.

• Catholic Charities is accepting donations online, or text CCUSADISASTER to 71777.

• Save the Children is accepting donations online, or text HURRICANE to 20222 to donate $25.

• GoFundMe is listing all storm-related funding campaigns on one page. (The Times has not vetted any individual campaigns.)

• United Way of Greater Houston has established a flood relief fund. Donations can be made online or by texting UWFLOOD to 41444.

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