Harvey began as a major category four hurricane – the first to make landfall in the US in 12 years. It has the potential for very dramatic flooding with forecasts saying that up to 40in (1m) of rain could fall in some areas of the middle and upper Texas coast. Such precipitation could trigger flooding in low-lying areas and near water outlets and rivers. The National Weather Service cautioned that the storm was so severe that many areas could be uninhabitable for months.
AMURT has volunteers in the area and are appealing for cash donations.