Hurricane Harvey: What Happened and What’s Next

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People waded through floodwaters in Houston on Sunday.

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Overwhelmed by the news from Texas and Louisiana since Hurricane Harvey made landfall? Here is an overview of coverage by The New York Times that will be updated as events continue.

The latest can be found in Wednesday’s live storm briefing.

What’s happening on the ground

Local officials blame at least 38 deaths and many more injuries on the storm, which has inundated parts of the Houston area with more than three feet of rain. In some places, totals surpassed 50 inches, setting a record for the continental United States. And, in Harris County, which includes Houston, up to 30 percent of the land had flooded, according to Jeffrey Lindner, a meteorologist for the Harris County Flood Control District.

While the storm began to release Houston from its grip on Wednesday, it continued to wreak havoc east of the city: “Our whole city is underwater,” Derrick Freeman, the mayor of Port Arthur, Texas, said on Facebook early Wednesday.

Harvey is now hitting southwestern Louisiana, too, where storm surge warnings and watches are in effect. Here are some maps of its path and destruction.

As the storm strengthened over the weekend, experts at the National Hurricane Center raced to warn the public of what was to come and grappled with how to convey its scope. More than a trillion gallons of rain fell in Harris County in four days — enough to “run Niagara Falls for 15 days,” Mr. Lindner said.

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By CHRIS CIRILLO on Publish Date August 29, 2017.


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Officials sought to reassure undocumented immigrants that immigration enforcement would not be conducted at shelters and Houston’s hospitals struggled to treat victims. The brutal storm also put the brakes on the area’s recent economic upswing and

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