Tragedy of epic proportions: "Rain may last days with some areas seeing as much as 50 inches ... Storm disrupts flights, ports, railways and oil refineries." (Bloomberg)
"Harvey [is] the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years." (Reuters)
"Nearly a quarter of Texas' population lives in areas covered by a federal disaster declaration ... Gov. Greg Abbott says 18 counties are now covered by the disaster declaration approved by President Donald Trump. There are nearly 7 million people in those counties, including the nation's fourth-largest city of Houston. Texas has a population of 27.8 million."
"[H]undreds of people ... [w]eary and carrying little more than what was in their pockets ... arrived ... by boat, by bus, and by foot [at] Houston's showcase convention center downtown, transformed by volunteers with few hours' notice into a shelter." (AP)
"[V]olunteers served food, handed out towels and set up tables with donated clothes for a long line of evacuees. Some people huddled around a projection screen showing television coverage of the storm. Others collected bowls of pasta with parmesan cheese and cups of black coffee." (AP)