HOUSTON – Two years ago, people up and down the Texas coast were bracing for what would become one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall about 10 p.m. on Aug. 25, 2017, on San Jose Island, as a Category 4 storm with winds of more than 130 mph. It quickly made a second landfall near Rockport, Texas, crossed over the Copano Bay and made a third landfall a few miles north of Mission Bay in Refugio County.
Harvey moved inland to just northwest of Victoria where the storm stalled for days, funneling copious amounts of moisture into Southeast Texas. Wave after wave of torrential rain broke records, producing more than 50 inches of rain in the Houston area, resulting in devastating floods.
After nearly five days, Harvey moved east of the region, ending the rains. Flooding would take weeks to subside.
More than 60 people died in the storm. More than 300,000 structures were flooded. More than $120 billion in damage was caused.
A gauge shows the depth of water a an underpass on Interstate 10 which has been inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards of 40 inches of rain in Texas over the next couple of days.