Shelters have opened across the state, big and small and as far away as Dallas, where some evacuees ended up after fleeing the storm. The state Department of Public Safety counted 16,000 people in about 120 shelters on Tuesday.
In Carrizo Springs, the Dimmitt County Rodeo Arena served about 200 people, but most had left to try to return home on Tuesday.
The largest by far was the convention center in Houston, and Mayor Sylvester Turner said more large shelters would be needed.
And there were many shelters not on the state list. At First Baptist Highlands west of Houston, a homeless couple from a nearby community showed up on Sunday “and it’s been nonstop since,” said Codi Freeman, a parishioner. The church now houses 65 to 75 people a night, and feeds about 100.
“We know the Red Cross is busy, but we called to let them know we are taking care of our own down here,” she said.
Preliminary data collected by the Dartmouth Flood Observatory from satellites shows extensive flooding along the Texas coast.
Not all areas have been completely surveyed, so the map represents a minimum estimate of the flooded area, according to G. Robert Brakenridge, director of the observatory. The actual extent of the flooding is likely to be greater.
The hurricane made landfall in southern Texas Friday night as a Category 4. As the storm spins offshore, it continues to dump massive amounts of rain on Texas and Louisiana, raising the risk of additional flooding (path shown in Central daylight time).
While it is possible for storms to regain strength over water, the National Weather Service does not expect Harvey to intensify as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico and back inland, due to cooler water churned to the ocean’s surface. Maximum sustained winds remain near 45 miles per hour as of Tuesday afternoon.
Where Harvey’s Rain Fell . . .
Houston received the brunt of Harvey’s rain, with parts of the city receiving more than 40 inches (here are more detailed maps of Houston). The National Weather Service predicts an additional 15 to 25 inches of rain along the upper Texas coast and southwest Louisiana through Friday.
. . . And Which Rivers Flooded
Floodwaters continue to rise in inland rivers as Harvey dumps rain.
This video, based on composite satellite imagery, shows the storm’s path through the Gulf of Mexico from last Wednesday to Tuesday evening.
Before Harvey, fewer than a dozen storms in the past century have reached land in the region as a Category 4 hurricane or higher.
Category 4 or Higher Hurricanes That Have Reached Land
Source: International Best Track Archive for Climate Stewardship
As the hurricane approached, seven coastal counties in Texas and one Louisiana parish ordered mandatory evacuations in some areas. Corpus Christi mayor Joe McComb also encouraged residents to leave.