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Harvey Pounds Texas as Epic Flooding Paralyzes Houston

  • Rain may last days with some areas seeing as much as 50 inches
  • Storm disrupts flights, ports, railways and oil refineries
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Hurricane Harvey's Ripple Effect on Gasoline Prices

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Floodwaters overwhelmed swathes of Houston as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to inundate southeastern Texas, pounding America’s fourth-largest city with unprecedented rainfall and crippling the core of the U.S. energy industry.

While the city has battled some of the nation’s worst deluges, elected officials, meteorologists and emergency managers say it’s never faced anything like the current record floods, which may worsen as the downpour is expected to last for days. Volunteers joined efforts by emergency teams Sunday night, while thousands of people fled to rooftops and higher ground to avoid the aftermath of the storm, which has so far been blamed for at least two deaths, according to the Associated Press.