Southeastern Texas—Tropical cyclone Harvey has been causing relentless and disastrous flooding since its landfall at Rockport at its peak intensity of atmospheric pressure of 938 mbar and winds that ranged 130 mph. Harvey was the first major and catastrophic hurricane to terrify the US since hurricane Wilma in 2005. It is also the first hurricane to hit Texas since Ike in 2008, and the strongest one to date in the state since the 1961 hurricane, Carla.
After its first landfall, Harvey moved to Copano Bay then made a second landfall little ways north of Holiday Beach at around 6:00 UTC on August 26. It had already been raised to a Category 3 hurricane. However, the storm’s intensity diminished to Category 2 two hours later, then further deteriorated to Category 1 strength. At 18:00 UTC, Harvey’s weakened intensity was downgraded from a devastating hurricane to a tropical storm.
The hurricane left thousands of people dead and displaced after it disrupted bayous, lakes, and rivers in Texas. Floods came rising in a matter of minutes, leaving the residents to frantically run to safety. Harvey brought over 50 inches of rainfall, causing over 82,000 homes in the Houston area to lose electricity. In response to the hurricane’s devastating effects, several rescue missions have been deployed. Even some of country music’s prominent names went out of their way to provide assistance to the victims. Chris Young posted a video on his Instagram, where he expressed his concern for his family, friends, and neighbors situated in the affected areas.
“I want to help. I’m starting this GoFundMe campaign in an effort to help everyone in Texas that has been affected by this hurricane. I’m pledging $100, 000 to relief efforts and hope you will join me.”
Brad Paisley was also among the singers who’ve been closely following the storm’s progress. In his social media account, he posted,
“Hang in there, Texas. We’re with y’all in spirit.” Hours later, the singer added, “Absolutely love Houston, and can’t believe what I’m seeing on the screen right now.”
The band Lady Antebellum was originally scheduled to perform on Sunday in Houston but had to cancel due to the storm. They later announced on their Twitter that they put up a show in Dallas and will be donating all of their merch proceeds to hurricane relief funds.
Clay Walker is also set to headline a benefit concert for the victims of the heavy floods caused by Harvey. All the event’s proceeds will be going to the Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund. Together with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the fundraising event is scheduled to take place at Lakewood Church. Walker will also be joined by Joel and Victoria Osteen.
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