Harvey hits hard, TX governor issues mandatory evacuations as ‘catastrophic flood’ risks loom

Governor Greg Abbott of Texas just gave an update on the impact of Harvey, formerly a category 4 hurricane, and now a tropical storm that made landfall near Corpus Christi late Friday night. There are no confirmed storm fatalities yet. At this time, 338,000 power outages are reported across the state. The governor is issuing a mandatory evacuation order for central parts of Texas.

Asked what advice he’d give those Texans in the storm’s path:

“Be aware of your surroundings, and listen to warnings given by local officials and heed those warnings. If you do venture out by car or otherwise, be very cautious. Water may be swift moving, and it can carry you away. Protect your life. When you’re near water, be sure you’re doing everything to say safe.”

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