The powerful system, now a tropical storm, pounded the region with torrential rains that were expected to continue for days, causing catastrophic flooding, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Association of Texas - a community of T&T nationals there - which had been praying for colleagues since the hurricane broke last Friday, urged members to check in with family and friends in the US and "back home" in T&T.
The National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center is calling for an additional 15-25 inches of rain over the middle and upper Texas coas, including the Houston area, during the next several days.
Under Brown's leadership-or lack thereof-FEMA's response to the emergency was slow, and there were racial overtones. On the streets outside that makeshift shelter, television cameras captured blacks taking food from flooded stores and called them looters. And in the hours prior to Yom Kippur, in some Jewish communities roosters and chickens are waved several times in the air and slaughtered as atonement for sins incurred during the previous year.
GoFundMe: The crowdfunding service GoFundMe also has highlighted stories of people who are suffering as a result of Harvey. Officials asked for help from restaurants to feed the growing population.
On Sept. 4, nearly a week after Katrina hit, a group of unarmed African Americans were crossing the Danziger Bridge in search of food and relatives. By Sunday morning, the effects of hour after hour of drenching rainfall started to take their toll, with widespread reports of high water on roadways. A Coast Guard boat helped her escape. "To me, the Lord will make the way, one way or another". But some people Sunday were questioning city officials' decisions so far in this storm.
"And then when it got bad, they said it's too late to evacuate", she said. "What's important is that everybody work together to ensure that we are going to, first, save lives and, second, help people across the state rebuild".
The NWS in Houston is not mincing its words about the danger of this unprecedented situation.
"I know for a fact this is the worst flood Houston has ever experienced", Patrick Blood, National Weather Service meteorologist, told the Houston Chronicle.
"We can be dry and open but if you can't deliver patients to the medical centre, that's our biggest concern".
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