Storm Harvey makes landfall for a second time

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The storm has killed at least 18 people and forced tens of thousands to leave their deluged homes in Houston and other parts of Texas.

Although the weather system has weakened considerably, the National Hurricane Centre has warned “flooding rains” will drench southwestern parts of Louisiana.

It is bringing maximum sustained winds of 45mph to the state.

The latest forecast brings much-needed respite for the city of Houston, with less than 2.5cm of rain and potentially some sunshine expected on Wednesday.

A Houston resident walks through waist deep water after evacuating her home
Image:Although the weather is improving in Houston, it may be days before water recedes

But the danger in Texas is far from over, with people in the city of Port Arthur struggling to evacuate their homes as floodwaters rise.

Local officials are struggling to get to the scene to offer assistance, and residents have been urged to get to higher ground in the meantime.

Port Arthur mayor Derrick Freeman said: “The city is underwater right now but we are coming!”

After making its way through Louisiana, Harvey is expected to take its downpours northwards – with Arkansas, Tennessee and parts of Missouri on alert for floods in the coming days.

  1. Mark Ocosta feeds his baby son Aubrey at a shelter in HoustonMark Ocosta feeds his baby son Aubrey at a shelter in Houston
    Tens of thousands of people have fled deluged homes after Storm Harvey caused catastrophic flooding
  2. Evacuees taking shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in HoustonEvacuees taking shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston
    With thousands of evacuees, makeshift shelters are beginning to run out of space
  3. Sorting donated emergency supplies at the temporary shelter in HoustonSorting donated emergency supplies at the temporary shelter in Houston
    Sorting donated emergency supplies at a temporary shelter in Houston
  4. Larry Koser Jr. (L) searching his father's flooded house in west Houston with his son Matthew Larry Koser Jr. (L) searching his father's flooded house in west Houston with his son Matthew
    Resident Larry Koser Jr (L) searching his father’s flooded house in west Houston with his son Matthew
  5. Matthew Koser, hypothermic and shaking, is rescued from his car after leaving the houseMatthew Koser, hypothermic and shaking, is rescued from his car after leaving the house
    Later, Matthew Koser, hypothermic and shaking, had to be rescued from his car
  6. Volunteer rescuers evacuate people from a flooded residential area during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Floodwaters have breached a levee south of the city of Houston, officials said Tuesday, urging residents to leave the area immediately. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)Volunteer rescuers evacuate people from a flooded residential area during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Floodwaters have breached a levee south of the city of Houston, officials said Tuesday, urging residents to leave the area immediately. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
    Volunteer rescuers evacuate people from a flooded part of the city
  7. Marwin Gonzalez of the Houston Astros during their game against the Texas Rangers, played in Florida due to the flooding in HoustonMarwin Gonzalez of the Houston Astros during their game against the Texas Rangers, played in Florida due to the flooding in Houston
    Marwin Gonzalez of the Houston Astros during a baseball match moved to Florida due to the flooding
  8. A submerged power station in LouisianaA submerged power station in Louisiana
    A submerged power station in Louisiana. Continue through for more pictures
  9. A woman uses a coat hanger to try and retrieve an item from a destroyed house in Fulton, TexasA woman uses a coat hanger to try and retrieve an item from a destroyed house in Fulton, Texas
  10. A Houston resident walks through waist deep water after evacuating her homeA Houston resident walks through waist deep water after evacuating her home
  11. People walking towards an air boat to be rescued in HoustonPeople walking towards an air boat to be rescued in Houston
  12. People are rescued from a flooded Houston neighbourhoodPeople are rescued from a flooded Houston neighbourhood
  13. An elderly woman and her granddaughter are evacuated from the Clodine district of HoustonAn elderly woman and her granddaughter are evacuated from the Clodine district of Houston
  14. A car dealership near Houston swamped by the floodsA car dealership near Houston swamped by the floods
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Donald Jones, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, said: “We aren’t going to be dealing with it for too much longer. It’s going to pick up the pace and get out of here.”

Nearly a third of Harris County, home to Houston, is currently underwater – an area 15 times the size of Manhattan.

President Donald Trump visited the affected area on Tuesday, telling rescue organisers: “This was of epic proportion, nobody has ever seen anything like this.”

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US President Donald Trump delivers a pep talk to the flood affected people of Texas

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Local officials say it may take days for all of the floodwaters here to recede, amid concerns that the number of known fatalities could begin to soar.

The 18 confirmed dead so far include a former football coach who was helping to rescue people trapped in high water.

Meanwhile, tributes have been paid to a Houston police sergeant who drowned as he attempted to drive to work on Sunday.

And in Beaumont, a city northeast of Houston, a woman clutching her baby daughter was swept into a rain-swollen drainage canal. Police say the baby was saved but the mother died.

According to local media reports, four volunteer rescuers are also missing after their boat was swept away by a fast-moving current.

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Houston is America’s fourth-largest city, and officials are now preparing to temporarily house an estimated 19,000 people. Thousands more are expected to flee.

At least 50,000 homes are known to have suffered flood damage, and this number is certain to rise.

Analysts are predicting the economic cost of Harvey could reach $75bn (£38bn) in southeast Texas alone.

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