Texas storm Harvey breaks historic rainfall record

A SUV is seen submerged on the street after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on Tuesday in Friendswood, Texas. (AFP)
Updated 30 August 2017

Texas storm Harvey breaks historic rainfall record

MIAMI: Hurricane Harvey has set what forecasters believe is a new rainfall record for the continental United States, officials said Tuesday.
Harvey, swirling for the past few days off Texas and Louisiana — at times as a hurricane and at times a tropical storm — has dumped 51.88 inches (132 centimeters) of rain in Cedar Bayou, a salt water channel on the Texas coast, the National Weather Service said.
“This reading is higher than the previous record of 48 inches set during tropical cyclone Amelia of 1978 at Medina, Texas,” it added.
It was the second record reported in just one day. The first was 49.32 inches measured at a rain gauge southeast of Houston.
NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said that record is being treated preliminarily as one for the entire continental United States.
He added that confirming the figure “will take a lot of research,” as experts review water gauges and past historical records — a process likely to take several weeks.
Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday as a Category Four hurricane. It has since weakened to a tropical storm but is still unleashing massive amounts of rain over Texas and Louisiana.


Trump to issue sanctions, stop trade deal, increase tariffs on Turkey

Updated 53 min 5 sec ago

Trump to issue sanctions, stop trade deal, increase tariffs on Turkey

  • President vowed to "destroy" the Turkish economy
  • Critics say Trump's decision gave Turkey a green light to go against the Kurds

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday said that in response to Turkey's incursion into Syria he will soon issue an executive order authorizing sanctions against current and former Turkish officials, stop negotiations with Turkey on a $100 billion trade deal, and boost tariffs on Turkish steel to 50 percent.

In a statement in which he vowed to swiftly destroy the Turkish economy if it continues down "this dangerous and destructive path," Trump also said that U.S. troops coming out of Syria will redeploy and remain in the region to monitor the situation.

Before the invasion, Trump ordered a couple dozen US troops out of harm's way.

Critics say Trump's decision gave Turkey a green light to go against the Kurds, who had helped the US battle against Daesh militants.

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