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Hurricane Harvey Beyond Anything Experienced Before: US Weather Dept

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| August 28 , 2017 , 12:36 IST

Hurricane Harvey continued to wreck havoc in the US state of Texas after it initially made landfall on Friday as on Sunday the hurricane triggered massive floods inundating the state capital of Houston, the fourth-largest city in the US.

The US government's National Weather Service issued a warning on Sunday as floods spread through the state, terming the Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath as 'unprecedented' and 'beyond anything experienced' in the past.

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"This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced. Follow orders from officials to ensure safety. #Harvey," the National Weather Service said on Twitter.

As a result of the monster storm, both of Houston's main airports have been forced to close while many of the city's most important roads have been completely flooded, making transportation difficult.

The main airport in the area, the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, announced its closure to commercial traffic in the early afternoon.

"All commercial flight operations have been stopped until further notice," the airport said on Twitter, adding that the roads were "closed due to flooding."

Similarly, the William P. Hobby Airport announced that since the roadways in and out of the facility were flooded it was ceasing all commercial operations 'until further notice'.

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The flood waters also created chaos at the Houston's Ben Taub Hospital, one of the largest medical facilities in the city and as the waters poured into the hospital's basement. Authorities were forced to evacuate patients to other hospitals, while the rising water and severe power outages compromised the safety of the food and medical supplies.

The most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in the past 12 years, Hurrican Harvey, first made landfall in Rockport at 10:00 pm Friday with maximum sustained winds of 215 kph.

At least three deaths have been officially confirmed, but the toll is expected to rise further.