WATCH: Hurricane Harvey Fire Melts Jeeps, Burns Down Town Home


NASA released a surreal footage of Hurricane Harvey days before the torrential rain spun a trail of destruction in Texas, US.

The Astros are in Anaheim and also will fly to Dallas while a decision is made on the series. They headed to a Best Western, only to be evacuated from there and forced to move to another hotel. Harvey was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane from a tropical storm when its wind speed surpassed 74 mph.

Governor Abbott has mobilised 1,800 military personnel to help with rescue and repair operations.

Some are predicting that in a worst case scenario the damage could be as bad as Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans.

By midnight, the authorities had reported two deaths that appeared to be related to the storm, one in Rockport and the other in Houston, with up to 14 people injured.

Harvey is the first major storm to seriously threaten the Gulf Coast energy sector in awhile.

"Our partners at the federal level have stood ready to answer the call for help from Texas, and I am thankful for their assistance as we continue to assess the situation in expanded areas across our state", Abbott said in a press release. There is a voluntary evacuation for low-lying coastal areas inland of the Intracoastal Waterway. Hundreds of thousands of power outages were reported after the storm roared ashore.

Earlier forecasts showed Harvey staying clear of refineries in the Houston area, but the storm still threatened plants in the Corpus Christi region.

Downed powerlines and trees littered Corpus Christi's streets Saturday and many traffic lights remained out of service, police said.

Harvey, the fiercest hurricane to hit the more than a decade, made landfall Friday night about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Corpus Christi as a Category 4 storm with 130 mph (209 kph) winds.

According to consumer information site GasBuddy, gas prices may rise between 5 and 15 cents a gallon this weekend.

Most locals listened to the warnings but others are staying put, like Ricardo Elizando, who says he's been through four hurricanes before.

Up to 2000 people have been rescued from vehicles and homes as Tropical Storm Harvey batters Texas.

Original post: Gulf Coast residents were hunkered down, waiting for news early Saturday after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas as the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Charley in 2004.

Samaritan's Purse - Disaster relief units are headed towards the area, according to Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse. You can make donations towards their efforts here. "I've been living in this neighborhood for almost 21 years and I love these neighbors so much".

A second person died in flooding in Harris county, where Houston is located.