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Since this storm is still meandering across Texas and other gulf states, feel free to share updates and resources here for those impacted by Harvey.

On 25-Aug-2017 the eyewall of Category 4 Harvey moved onshore of the middle Texas coast. The eye itself was centered about 35 miles east of Corpus Christi with sustained wind of 90 mph (145 km/h) and gusts to 108 mph (174 km/h).

Tropical storm conditions are likely to persist along portions of the coast through at least Sunday. Interests in southwestern Louisiana should continue to monitor the progress of this system.

Rainfall accumulation and flooding over next several days along Texas and Louisiana gulf coasts could be life-threatening.

Texas Governor hurricane resources page has some helpful resources at https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane

And some important phone #s for Texans include:

  • 211 for disaster-related information and to get help with unmet needs
  • 800-985-5990, Disaster Distress Helpline
  • 866-720-5721 or 844-889-4357, FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline
  • 800-621-0508, Texas Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline
  • 800-621-3362, FEMA Disaster Assistance registration (Video Relay Service users call here)
  • 800-462-7585, FEMA Disaster Assistance registration for those with hearing loss or a speech disability

Some important emergency information, resources and updates from Louisiana officials can be found at http://emergency.louisiana.gov/

and road conditions and travel information from Louisiana DOTD can be found at www.511la.org

Check back here in the comments for updates over next several days or visit www.hurricanes.gov

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26-Aug-2017 7a CDT - Per NHC, Hurricane Harvey is moving slowly over Texas, centered at 7 a.m. CDT about 20 miles (30 km) west-southwest of Victoria. Doppler radar data indicate that maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 80 mph (130 km/h) with higher gusts. These winds are confined to a small area near the eye of the hurricane. Additional weakening is forecast, and Harvey is likely to become a tropical storm later today. Harvey is moving toward the north-northwest near 6 mph (9 km/h). Harvey is expected to slow down through the day and meander over southeastern Texas through the middle of next week.

A Storm Surge Warning continues from Baffin Bay to High Island. A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Baffin Bay to Port O'Connor, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from north of Port O'Connor to High Island.

Harvey is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 15 to 30 inches and isolated maximum amounts of 40 inches over the middle and upper Texas coast through next Wednesday. During the same time period Harvey is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 5 to 15 inches in far south Texas, the Texas Hill Country and southwest and central Louisiana. Rainfall of this magnitude will cause catastrophic and life-threatening flooding.

A list of rainfall observations compiled by the NOAA Weather Prediction Center can be found at: www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/nfdscc1.html Tornadoes are possible today and tonight near the middle and upper Texas coast into far southwest Louisiana. Get the latest local weather iinformation at www.weather.gov

26-Aug-2017 2p CDT - NHC has downgraded Harvey to a tropical storm. However, an extremely serious flooding event is unfolding. Harvey is centered at 1 p.m. CDT about 45 miles (70 km) west-northwest of Victoria. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional weakening during the next
48 hours is forecast. Harvey is moving slowly toward the north-northwest near 2 mph (4 km/h), and little motion is anticipated during the next several days.

A Storm Surge Warning continues from Port Aransas to High Island, and a Tropical Storm Warning continues from Baffin Bay to High Island. Tornadoes are possible today and tonight near the middle and upper Texas coast into far southwest Louisiana.

Harvey is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 15 to 30 inches and isolated maximum amounts of 40 inches over the middle and upper Texas coast through Thursday. During the same time period Harvey is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 5 to 15 inches in far south Texas, the Texas Hill Country and southwest and central Louisiana. Rainfall of this magnitude will cause catastrophic and life-threatening flooding.

A list of rainfall observations compiled by the NOAA Weather Prediction Center can be found at: www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/nfdscc1.html

For the latest local weather information visit www.weather.gov and for the latest on Harvey visit www.hurricanes.gov

27-Aug-2017 between 7-10a CDT - National Weather Service has posted a list of estimated rain totals in the last 48 hours for southeastern Texas areas. Many of these are from volunteer weather stations and the data isn't considered official:

  • League City (Galveston County): 22 inches
  • South Houston (Harris County): 20.5 inches
  • Dayton (Liberty County): 25 inches
  • Northeast Montgomery County: 12.7 inches

NHC says Harvey is expected to produce additional rain accumulations of 15 to 25 inches over the middle and upper Texas coast through Thursday. Isolated storm totals may reach around 40 inches in this area. These rains are currently producing catastrophic and life-threatening flooding, and flash flood emergencies are in effect for portions of southeastern Texas. Please see warnings and products issued by your local National Weather Service office for additional information on this life-threatening situation.

Elsewhere during the same time period, Harvey is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 5 to 15 inches farther south toward the lower Texas coast, farther west toward the Texas Hill Country, and farther east through southwest and central Louisiana. A list of rainfall observations compiled by the NOAA Weather Prediction Center can be found at: www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/nfdscc1.html

NOLA.com reports FEMA Administrator Brock Long tells CNN's Jake Tapper that the agency expects to be in Houston for years -- not months.

The destruction is amazing. I hope I get deployed out to help. I may just go anyway.

Thanks for this post Janet. I will look here for updates. I hope you and your family are doing well and will definitely keep you and yours in my prayers. Stay safe.

Thank you Cappy and please stay safe if you deploy over here. We're about 5 hours N of coast (and a few hours E of Dallas/Ft Worth) so we haven't seen much of anything in northeast TX. Thought we were gonna get a bunch of rain starting today thru next week, but Harvey's decided to jog east a bit and douche Louisiana with round 2.

29-Aug-2017 4a - Key messages from NHC (issued at 4:00a CDT) regarding Tropical Storm Harvey and the ongoing catastrophic and life-threatening flooding across southeastern Texas and Louisiana.

30-Aug-2017 4a CDT - TS Harvey is finally heading away from Texas gulf coast and now moving inland just west of Cameron, Louisiana. Rains have subsided in Galveston / Houston areas but life-threatening flooding will continue in areas.

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Hurricane Harvey will have a lasting impact on the Gulf coasts of Texas and Louisiana. And the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) members will be there providing relief and recovery for years to come, and they will need your assistance.

The single best way individuals and businesses can help disaster survivors is to donate money to a recognized voluntary organization. Cash doesn’t need to be sorted, stored or distributed, and it allows the voluntary agency to use the donation towards the needs that most urgently need addressing. The funds can also help stimulate the local economy.

For over 44 years, National VOAD’s 100 member organizations have been helping communities worldwide. Visit the National VOAD Hurricane Harvey Response page to learn how to help those affected by the storm and subsequent flooding.

Also find a complete list of National VOAD Members’ donation pages here.

And if you would like to volunteer for a National VOAD member organization, visit their Volunteer page.

 

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FEMA Fact Sheet: Five Reasons FEMA Might Say You Are Ineligible for Housing Assistance And Five Ways You Might Be Able to Change That Decision

Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey may have received a letter from FEMA saying they are ineligible for Housing Assistance. There are five main reasons why you might receive this determination. In each case, you can appeal that initial decision and possibly become eligible for housing assistance.

# 1: Insufficient damage to your residence as determined by a FEMA-contracted inspector. In other words, your home is still safe, sanitary and functional.

  • If you disagree with the inspector’s decision, you can appeal. Get third-party documentation in writing (bid for repairs, condemnation notice, etc.) that states your home is uninhabitable.
  • Send an appeal letter to FEMA asking for reconsideration. This must be done within 60 days of the date of your ineligibility letter.
  • Mail the letter and documentation to: FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville MD 20782-7055. Or fax the documents to: 800-827-8112.

# 2: You have an insurance policy that covered damage to your home.

  • If your insurance settlement is delayed longer than 30 days, contact FEMA. You may be eligible for an advance (that must be repaid).
  • Also, contact FEMA if your insurance settlement is insufficient to meet your Harvey-related needs or if you have exhausted the Additional Living Expenses provided by the insurance company.

# 3: You indicated on your application that you did not want to move while your damaged home was being repaired. This made you ineligible for FEMA temporary rental assistance.

  • However, you may still be eligible for home-repair or personal property-replacement grants.
  • If your housing needs have since changed, contact FEMA to update your housing status and explain why you had (or will have) to relocate. Or mail/fax an appeal letter with documentation attached.

# 4: You could not be contacted for a home inspection. The FEMA-contracted inspector may have tried to reach you numerous times, but has not been able to schedule an appointment.

  • If you missed an inspection appointment, contact FEMA and reschedule.
  • Keep the information in your application up to date.

# 5: FEMA could not verify your identity. The agency is unable to match your name and Social Security number.

  • FEMA must be able to verify an applicant’s identity with a valid Social Security Number (SSN). By verifying identity, FEMA prevents fraud and ensures applicants receive the disaster assistance intended for them. Acceptable documents include:
    • Social Security card (if accompanied by federal or state-issued identification)
    • Employer’s payroll document containing full or last four digits of the SSN
    • Military identification
    • Marriage license to confirm proof of maiden name
    • Documentation from the Social Security Administration (SSA) or other federal entity containing full or last four digits of SSN
  • Do not mail original documents to FEMA.

To contact FEMA about changing your current ineligibility:

  • Go online to register at DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Download the FEMA app for smartphones.
  • Call 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. Those who use TTY may call 800-462-7585. Due to high demand, lines may be busy. Please be patient, and try calling in the morning or evening when call volume may be lower.
  • Visit a State of Texas/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. Current locations can be found at: www.fema.gov/DRC.
  • Visit FEMA's Hurricane Harvey facebook page
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FEMA just released issue #1 of their new monthly newsletter that contains relevant and timely recovery related information, tips and resources you can use to help family & friends recover from the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Read Volume 1, No. 1 October 2017 Texas Hurricane Recovery Newsletter (4-pg PDF)

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