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Evacuees escaping the floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rest at the George R. Brown Convention Center that has been set up as a shelter in Houston, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. (LM Otero / AP)

It's day six of what now is Tropical Storm Harvey. The record-breaking storm headed toward southwest Louisiana Wednesday morning, making its second landfall at 4 a.m. It has also been pounding the Beaumont-Port Arthur area of Texas, with intense overnight rain leaving the region underwater. Emergency rescuers are continuing to work overtime as heavy rain and extreme flooding continue to soak the region.

The human toll, by the numbers: Local officials in Texas have reported at least 31 people have died, while thousands are left homeless and seeking refuge in overflowing disaster relief shelters. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 32,000 people were reported staying in shelters, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Meanwhile, 14,000 national guardsmen have been deployed in Texas, and 10,000 more are on their way.

Record rain: With 51.88 inches of rain recorded near Mont Belvieu, Texas, Tropical Storm Harvey has broken the 48-inch record for rainfall in the continental U.S., and may break the record of 52 inches in Hawaii. But the danger is far from over. The National Hurricane Center warned Wednesday that "catastrophic and life-threatening flooding will continue in and around Houston eastward into southwest Louisiana for the rest of the week."

Government aid: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said there will be bipartisan support in Congress for a bill to provide federal aide to those affected in Texas. Trump also promised government help on Monday, "You're going to see very rapid action from Congress — certainly from the President... We're going to get your funding."

Human chains: In Houston, a woman who went into labor was rescued by neighbors and firefighters who formed a human chain, per ABC. ABC 13 Houston also tweeted a photo of another human chain, formed to help rescue an elderly man stuck in his car.

Heartbreaking story: Police officers and rescue divers in Beaumont, Texas pulled a woman and her 3-year-old daughter from a canal in Beaumont on Tuesday. The mother was dead, but her daughter was still alive. Officer Carol Riley, a spokeswoman for the Beaumont Police Department, told People that the woman "absolutely saved the child's life... They were in the water for quite some time. When the baby was found the baby was clinging to her. The mother did the best she could to keep her child up over the water."

More on Harvey:

  • FEMA said they will need volunteers to aid in the recovery process, for the "next couple of years."
  • Houston's mayor, Sylvester Turner, said at a news conference that the city's current focus "will continue to be on rescue," and not on damage assessment or recovery. Turner also set a curfew in Houston from midnight Wednesday to 5 a.m. until further notice.
  • Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards urged people to "prepare and pray" during a news conference Tuesday.
  • The storm's path is expected to hit the coast of southern Louisiana, from Holly Beach to Morgan City, and skip New Orleans. "By the grace of God, this is going to miss us," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu told CNN on Wednesday.

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Brazil senators vote to recommend criminal charges for Bolsonaro

Brazilian senators vote on probe into President Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.

Former Georgetown tennis coach pleads guilty to accepting admissions bribes

Gordon Ernst (left) former head tennis coach at Georgetown, outside a courthouse in Boston in 2019. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A former Georgetown University head tennis coach has pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery charges related to facilitating the admission of prospective applicants.

Why it matters: Gordon Ernst solicited and accepted bribes from William Singer, ringleader of the cheating scheme uncovered by Operation Varsity Blues, and families in exchange for helping prospective applicants get into Georgetown as student athletes, according to the Justice Department.

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CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated guidelines Tuesday that some immunocompromised people who have received either Pfizer or Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines will be able to get a fourth shot.

Details: People over 18 who are "moderately to severely immunocompromised" and have received three doses of an mRNA vaccine may get a fourth shot (of either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines) at least six months after getting their third Pfizer or Moderna dose, per the CDC.