Hurricane Harvey devastatingly touched down on the southern coast of Texas Friday at 9:45 am as a Category 4 storm. The storm’s destructive path left many with flooded out homes and no place to go.
At landfall, winds reached up to 130 mph before hitting the shore again at Copano Bay, this time as a Category 3 hurricane, according to the New York Times.
Louisiana, which was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago, might see flooding along with parts of Mississippi and southern Arkansas.
What was the driving force behind Harvey’s catastrophic destruction? Its heavy rainfall that stretched along the state’s Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi to Houston, and inland to Austin and San Antonio.
This is not a small storm. Harvey continues to rip through the southern shoreline of Texas. The storm is expected to dump more than 50 inches of rain in some areas.
As for casualties, five have been reported dead and more than a dozen injured. The numbers will continue to rise.
Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S., has been hit the hardest. Magnolia City’s roads are impassable as millions of people are at risk trapped in their homes because of torrential rainfall and flooding.
Although this might be one of the most historical hurricanes to hit the U.S., the city did not order evacuations before the storm. According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 water rescues have taken place in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Officials said about 56,000 911 calls have been made in the wake of the weekend storm. The emergency system is overwhelmed and officials are advising not to call unless it is a dire situation.
As Harvey continues to unleash its wrath our prayers here at Kulture Hub go out to those who are suffering. Artists and celebrities are also taking to social media to express their sympathies for the victims of the wind storm.
Plies sends his prayers and love
Drake whose love for TX is well documented took to Instagram to send his prayers from London. He promises to lend a helping hand.
We are currently overseas in London and all I can think about is how devastated I am as I look at images of the damage Hurricane Harvey has caused. I am praying for the safety of all those affected. Houston has truly been a home to me over the last 8 years. Myself and @futuretheprince are working with local relief groups to aid and assist the people of Texas in anyway we can and in the most immediate way possible. I also want to thank all the men and women of service and volunteers for their courageous efforts to help people in need. I encourage everyone to do what they can to assist the people of Texas knowing whatever effort you can make to help will go a long way.
Drake also went on to post emergency hotline numbers
Houston native Beyonce sent her love as well…
Southern Boss Rick Ross also sends prayers
Demi Lovato said how heartbroken she is over the ruthless storm
Lady Gaga will be sending donations
Praying for Houston what a special place. Making relief donations and sending ❤️.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) August 27, 2017
LL Cool J encourages those affected by the storm to stay safe
Sending my love to the people dealing with the flooding in Texas. Stay encouraged…
— LLCOOLJ. (@llcoolj) August 27, 2017
And Common sends his love
— COMMON (@common) August 28, 2017
The water is still rising and this is the worst case of flooding Texans have ever seen. If you’re interested in lending a helping hand, donate to one of the charity’s listed below.