That would make it one of the costliest storms in history for United States insurers, but could ultimately help insurers and re-insurers to raise rates, some analysts said, after a period of low premiums.
Among the most recent fatalities from the storm was a family that included two adults and four children who were believed to have drowned after the van they were in was swept away by floodwaters in Houston, authorities said on Monday. The Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has increased National Guard numbers to 12,000, the maximum number possible.
Asked by reporters how he’ll respond to the regime’s latest missile test while boarding Marine One, Trump said, “We’ll see, we’ll see”. “The outlook is already in place that some of the storms could be strong, with thunder and lightening and winds”, said Phyllis Little, director of Cullman County EMA. “Houston’s a great city”.
Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Friday night between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, Texas.
Parts of the Houston region on Tuesday broke the almost 40-year-old USA record for the biggest rainfall from a tropical system.
However, analysts said weather conditions and flooding in Houston and Galveston, Texas, would keep many refiners in the area out of commission through much of the week.
The storm is generating an amount of rain that would normally be seen only once in more than 1,000 years, Edmond Russo, a deputy district engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers told The AP.
Meanwhile, officials in Brazoria County, south of Houston, said a levee at Columbia Lakes had been breached, tweeting: “Get out now!”
U.S. emergency officials on Monday said they would strive to deliver federal help to Texas, with more than 450,000 people thought likely to seek assistance for possible replacement of property and other disaster-related aid.