At least five deaths have been reported, and dozens more people left injured after Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of Texas on Sunday.
The hurricane has been labeled as a ‘tropical storm’ and has caused catastrophic floods due to torrential rain.
The National Weather Service predicted rainfall of 15 to 25 inches on Friday and it was expected to rise to 50 inches in a few areas.
Local, state and federal officials have warned that this is just the beginning. More than 5,500 refugees took refuge in Houston’s convention center and other shelters on Monday.
FEMA Administrator Brock Long said that number could rise to 30,000, reports USA TODAY.
“We need citizens to be involved. You could not draw this forecast up, you could not dream this forecast up,” said Long.
Harvey is expected to linger for another few days, making another heavy drop on Wednesday over the Texas/Louisiana border.
Then it is expected to move across Louisiana and Arkansas from Thursday to Saturday.
Jeff Lindner, from the Harris County Flood Control District, said on Sunday that “the idea is to prepare, pack up what you need and put it in your vehicle and when the sun comes up, get out. And you don’t have to go far, you just need to get out of this area”.
Houston Police took to Twitter to ask anyone with a boat to help rescue those in need.
People abandoned cars as the flood waters consumed them, and residents were urged by officials to take shelter on roofs. Emergency services struggled to get to people via air, land and water. residents on roofs were advised not to hide in attics and to wave towels or sheets to get rescuers attention.
Pray for Texas.