Storm Harvey: 1,000 rescued as Houston hit by ‘catastrophic floods’

Source: BBC News

More than 1,000 people have been rescued in flooded parts of Houston, as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to batter Texas with heavy rains.

There is a “flash flood emergency” across the Houston Metro area, with travel near impossible, the National Weather Service (NWS) says.

It noted reports of five fatalities in the Houston area, but only one has been confirmed there so far.

Houston’s mayor says more than 2,000 calls asking for help have been made.

Sylvester Turner urged residents not to call emergency services unless their situation was life-threatening and they needed to be rescued.

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