Hurricane Harvey to Have Impact on Gas Prices Nationwide

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are now on their way to Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, as Trump helpfully tweeted to remind everyone on Tuesday morning - although neither will visit the flood-ravaged Houston as to not disturb the ongoing emergency response.

"Trump and first lady Melania Trump are visiting parts of Texas affected by the storm, which began as a Category 4 hurricane". Meanwhile, the storm could creep eastward as far as MS by Thursday, meaning New Orleans is in Harvey's path.

"We were at Crosspoint Church in Bellaire, and we had metro bus come and pick just about everybody up", she says.

Already, some 50 inches (127 centimeters) of rain have fallen over Houston, sparking massive floods across the city of 2.3 million people, and its wider metropolitan area of six million. The heavy rain has also started in Louisiana and will likely continue through the storm.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued a statement to the media saying that people can help Houstonians by donating to the Red Cross, Team Rubicon, the Houston Food Bank, the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, the SPCA of Texas, Airbnb, Go Fund Me or Portlight.

Harvey is expected to produce additional rainfall amounts of 7 to 13 inches through Friday over parts of the upper Texas coast into southwestern Louisiana.

Witnesses said first responders were in the area, but were unable to rescue the passengers.

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Lobbing missiles toward Guam, a major USA military hub in the Pacific, would be deeply provocative from the US perspective. A day later, he doubled down on his threat saying a military option against North Korea is "locked and loaded".

Houston reservoirs full from storm Harvey's heavy rains are starting to overflow, forcing authorities to release more water into the city's swollen drainage system to alleviate pressure on two dams.

While big corporations will probably survive the hit, many individual homeowners in Houston could be forced into debt or bankruptcy because they don't have flood insurance.

That would make it one of the costliest storms in history for United States insurers, but could ultimately help insurers and re-insurers to raise rates, some analysts said, after a period of low premiums.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said that there are already 5,500 people in shelters and that number is expected to rise.

Houston and Dallas have set up shelters in convention centers and Austin was preparing to house as many as 7,000 evacuees.

Hundreds of Indian students, who were stranded in their homes and ran out of food, are being helped by the Indian Consulate in Houston.

A wide swath of Houston and its surrounding suburbs were under water and forecasters warned the rain would continue through Thursday, stressing the dams and drainage systems that protect the low-lying USA energy hub.


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