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Harvey’s flood killed and dozens caused billions in damage

HOUSTON – Hurricane Harvey struck in Texas last August as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, killing dozens of people and causing billions of dollars in damage. Although the strongest winds will quickly disappear, the storm hovered for days as it trudged inland, dumping several feet of rain in many Gulf Coast communities and the Houston area.

Here are more numbers about Harvey:

DEATH AND DESTRUCTION

Harvey killed 68 people, making it the deadliest US storm since Superstorm Sandy in 2012, which killed 72, according to a National Hurricane Center report .

All but three of the Harvey deaths were directly attributed to freshwater flooding, which damaged more than 300,000 structures and caused an estimated $125 billion in damage, federal statistics. Several oil and gas refineries were knocked off for the day, which raised U.S. gasoline prices, the report said.

Adjusted for inflation, Harvey was the second costliest tropical cyclone in U.S. history, trailing only Hurricane Katrina in 2005, according to the hurricane center report.

WIND AND PRECIPITATION

When Harvey made landfall in Rockford, near Corpus Christi, on Aug. 25, 2017, it was the first storm since 2004 to come ashore as a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum wind speeds of 133 km / h (213 km / h).

The netherlands, a city about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Houston near the Louisiana border, received 60.58 inches (1.54 meters) of rain during Harvey, who broke the AMERICAN record by Hurricane Package in Hawaii in 1950.

Much of the Houston metropolitan area, which is home to more than 6 million people, was flooded with 3 to 4 feet (0.9 to 1.22 meters) from the rain.

Although Texas bore the brunt of the storm, Vinton, Louisiana, were something less than 2 feet (0.61 meters) from the rain and the Harvey’s remnants continued to dump rain as they moved further inland, dropping approximately 1 foot (0.3 meters) in Robertson County, Tennessee.

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