by Mark Albert
This story has been updated
WASHINGTON (TVR) – Hurricane Harvey roared ashore late Friday as the biggest storm to hit the United States in a dozen years, making landfall with “life-threatening” flood waters that could leave some areas “uninhabitable,” forecasters warned.
Power went out for thousands, plunging communities into the dark, and local media reported some buildings “blew away” as the storm lashed the Texas coastline, the first category four hurricane to hit Texas since 1961.
Pres. Trump signed a disaster proclamation Friday night to speed more federal aid to the region hours before the hurricane made landfall between Ports Aransas and O’Connor, in Texas, around 11pm ET.
Mandatory evacuations were in effect for parts of Louisiana, KPLC-TV reported, as tropical storm-force winds extended outward “up to 140 miles.”
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Brock Long, warned on CNN Friday that parts of Texas are “about to have a very significant disaster.”
Texas Governor Gregg Abbott told reporters “This is going to be a very major disaster.”
Corpus Cristi Mayor Joe McComb bluntly told residents, “Get outta Dodge.”
The National Weather Service said on Twitter the flood threat could have “catastrophic results.”
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