Friday 23 February 2018

Louisiana braces for Hurricane Harvey after at least 18 killed in Texas

A man carries children after being rescued by members of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the the Houston Fire Department after residents were stranded by floodwaters due to Tropical Storm Harvey, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A man carries children after being rescued by members of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the the Houston Fire Department after residents were stranded by floodwaters due to Tropical Storm Harvey, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A family is evacuated on an air mattress from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Houston, Texas August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Water from Addicks Reservoir flows into neighborhoods as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
U.S. President Donald Trump (C) llistens during a briefing on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts at the Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Operations Center in Austin, Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a tour of the Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Operations Center in Austin, Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Austin international airport in Austin, Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Austin international airport in Austin, Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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Western Louisiana residents have braced themselves for more wind and water as Tropical Storm Harvey made its second landfall after dumping record rainfall on Texas.

The storm came ashore just west of Cameron, Louisiana, bringing maximum sustained winds near 45 mph, the US National Hurricane Centre said.

FILE PHOTO: A woman uses a coat hanger to try and retrieve an item from a destroyed house after Hurricane Harvey struck Fulton, Texas, August 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A woman uses a coat hanger to try and retrieve an item from a destroyed house after Hurricane Harvey struck Fulton, Texas, August 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/File Photo
Water from Addicks Reservoir flows into neighborhoods as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Austin international airport in Austin, Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Denise Vital, who evacuated her flooded home from Tropical Storm Harvey, watches over her 3-month-old godson at the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S., on August 29, 2017. Vital, who's home was destroyed by Hurricane Rita in 2005 said, "You have to keep pushing forward." REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
A car dealership is covered by Hurricane Harvey floodwaters near Houston, Texas August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
A truck carrying generators is stuck in Hurricane Harvey floodwaters near Alvin, Texas August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
A cow swims trying to get out of the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters near East Columbia, Texas August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
A family is evacuated on an air mattress from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Houston, Texas August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
A woman talks to her rescuer after being evacuated by boat from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Houston, Texas August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
A woman holds a carrier with her pet after being evacuated by boat from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Houston, Texas August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
An evacuee holding two dogs reacts after his rescue by Texas National Guardsmen from severe flooding due to Hurricane Harvey in Cypress Creek, Houston, U.S. August 28, 2017. U.S. Army National Guard/Capt. Martha Nigrelle/Handout via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY
A man is evacuated by boat with his dog from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Austin international airport in Austin, Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Austin international airport in Austin, Texas, U.S., August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Harvey had lingered over Texas for days before meandering back into the Gulf of Mexico.

Forecasters say another 5-10 inches of rain could fall in western Louisiana.

"We are starting to get down to the end of the tunnel of all this rain," meteorologist Roger Erickson said.

Mr Erickson warns that some coastal rivers will not be able to drain effectively because Harvey's winds are pushing in storm surge, aggravating flooding in areas already drenched by more than 20 inches of rain.

Gusts up to 50 mph are predicted for coastal areas and up to 40 mph in Lake Charles and along the Interstate 10 corridor.

Cameron Parish's Office of Emergency Preparedness said a curfew was in effect until the threat had passed and checkpoints have been set up at entry points into evacuated areas.

State offices in 28 parishes and most Baton Rouge area schools will not open on Wednesday in anticipation of possible severe weather.

Gov John Bel Edwards urged people to remain alert but said the state is responding well to less severe conditions in its own borders.

"You never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at us, but with the people in this room, I'm confident we can handle it," he told local and state officials during a visit on Tuesday to Lake Charles, which is near the Texas border.

Gov Edwards said Louisiana also has offered to shelter storm victims from Texas.

He said he expects Texas officials to decide within 48 hours whether to accept the offer.

Harvey's devastating flooding brought back tough memories in New Orleans as Tuesday marked the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu opened his Tuesday news conference with a moment of silence for Katrina victims and words of support for Harvey's victims in Texas and south west Louisiana.

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