Texas Muslims come to the aid of Harvey victims

Kevin Hart and Chris Brown were among the many celebrities who donated large sums of money to Hurricane Harvey relief

After making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane Friday, the storm brought days of rain and intense flooding to the Houston area. They included Houston police Sergeant Steve Perez, who drowned in a highway underpass Saturday when his vehicle was overwhelmed by floodwaters as he tried to get to his post.

The 18 confirmed dead so far include a former football coach who was helping to rescue people trapped in high water.

Donald Jones, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, said: "We aren't going to be dealing with it for too much longer".

And the record breaking number is expected to climb as Harvey continues to plague Texas and its people.

The national Storm Prediction Centre said a few tornadoes were expected to develop Wednesday in north-east Louisiana and across southern and central portions of Mississippi. He said the move is meant to prevent property crimes at evacuated homes. Gov. John Bel Edwards urged people to remain alert but said the state is responding well to less severe conditions in its own borders. He added that 124 residents of a nursing home in northeast Houston were among those rescued.

A neighbor delivered him, his longtime girlfriend, Rose Marie Carpenter, and her dog, Maggie May, to dry ground - first in a truck, and then in a boat.

Curfew imposed in storm-ravaged Houston as death toll rises
The track of the storm could drift eastward as Harvey approaches land, so the heavy rain could hit a bit farther east, he said. He says that could be made worse by storm surge, "which will prevent the rivers from draining as we would want them to".

"We are starting to see a glimmer of hope in what has happened", Harris County Flood Control Meteorologist Jeff Linder said in a news conference Tuesday evening.

"Once we get this thing inland during the day, it's the end of the beginning", Mr Feltgen said. That's a record for the continental United States, but it doesn't quite pass the 52 inches (133 centimeters) from tropical cyclone Hiki in Kauai, Hawaii, in 1950 (before Hawaii became a state).

The area, already enduring heavy rain before Harvey's latest landfall, appeared overwhelmed by flash floods.

Volunteers have come to the Houston region to lend a hand. Five hundred people were rescued in the Lake Charles area Monday night due to flooding. "There's going to be a lot we need to do to help rebuild".

Some would just "come crying, just wanting help", volunteer Bobba Bedri said.

"There's plenty of puddling and stuff already", he said, "so I just assume that we're probably going to get a taste of what we had a couple weeks ago".

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