Hurricane Harvey: Storm Slams Southern Texas as Residents Flee – New York Times

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Beware of flooding, the governor warns.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday said that his primary concern remains “dramatic flooding” in the wake of the storm.

Speaking at a televised news conference in Austin, Governor Abbott said state and other agencies remained active in search and rescue efforts. “We don’t have any information right now that we can confirm” about fatalities, he said.

He warned Texans to be vigilant and to stay away from rising water, noting that it can be far deeper, with swifter currents, than it may appear.

“Turn around, don’t drown. Don’t risk your life,” he said. “The most important thing all Texans can do is to put your life and the protection of your life first and foremost.”

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Rockport was in the hurricane’s direct path when it came ashore and many building suffered extensive damage.

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Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

He said agencies were focused on supporting evacuees from Corpus Christi and elsewhere, and on getting supplies, such as food, water and ice, to areas that needed it. JOHANNA BARR in New York

Hundreds of thousands are without power.

The storm remained a hurricane well after landfall, and conditions, including tornado warnings, made it difficult for the authorities to begin even preliminary damage assessments.

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