Five feared dead amid severe flood warnings as Hurricane Harvey batters Texas

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Five people are feared dead as Hurricane Harvey – the most powerful storm to hit Texas in 50 years – sweeps across the United States.

An elderly woman was the second person killed by the storm as she drove through flooding in Houston on Saturday night, police confirmed.

“It appeared that her vehicle went into high water and she drowned as a result,” said Sergeant Colin Howard of the Houston police department. 

The victim was not immediately identified.

A mobile home park is destroyed after Hurricane Harvey landed in the Coast Bend area (AP)

On Friday night, a man died in a house fire in the town of Rockport, 30 miles (48 km) north of Corpus Christi. Another dozen people in the area suffered injuries like broken bones, another official said.

A statement from America’s National Weather Service noted five deaths in the area but so far only that of the elderly woman has been confirmed.

Harvey slammed into Texas late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour making it the strongest storm to hit the state since 1961.

A mother cradles her son after their home was destroyed in the storm (REUTERS)

Authorities have urged residents to stay off the streets of Houston and other southeast Texas cities as rain falling at up to five inches per hour flooded roads and major intersections.

US Military descended on Houston on Saturday night in a bid to rescue dozens thought to be trapped in their homes while 320,000 fled Rockport.

Harvey lashed Texas with heavy rain (AP)

Some 4,500 inmates from three state prisons were evacuated amid fears of rising water from the Brazos River.

Twenty people were rescued from two Carnival Corp cruise ships in the Gulf of Mexico.

The remains of three charred beach cabins after a fire broke out during the hurricane (AP)

Harvey was downgraded to a tropical storm late on Saturday but heavy rain and high winds are expected to batter the state for days, the National Hurricane Centre said.

Authorities warned of the potentially life-threatening impact of heavy rains between Houston and Corpus Christi over the next several days, with the latest forecast storm track forecasting that Harvey could loop back toward the Gulf of Mexico coast before turning north again on Tuesday.

“This rain will lead to a prolonged, dangerous, and potentially catastrophic flooding event well into next week,” the National Weather Service said.

President Donald Trump signed a disaster proclamation on Friday. 

He met with his cabinet and staff on Saturday to discuss the federal reaction to the storm, according to a White House statement.

“President Trump emphasized his expectations that all departments and agencies stay fully engaged and positioned to support his number one priority of saving lives,” according to the statement.

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