Hurricane Harvey - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Hurricane Harvey


Former U.S. presidents take stage at hurricane benefit concert

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter appear together, praising Americans for their willingness to help fellow citizens and urging them to do more

UNITED. (L-R) Former US Presidents, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama attend the Hurricane Relief concert in College Station, Texas, on October 21, 2017. Jim Chapin/AFP

U.S. House approves $36B for disasters including Puerto Rico

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The measure outlining 'supplemental' disaster spending passed 353 to 69, with all votes in opposition coming from President Donald Trump's Republican Party

RECOVERY. A Puerto Rico National Guard personnel shoves dirt from a damaged road in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico on October 2, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Inflation rises to 3.1% in August

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:40 PM

The National Economic and Development Authority attributes the increase to higher prices of food transportation water electricity and gas

Texas governor appeals for aid for Harvey recovery

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:55 AM

At the same time Houston s mayor says his city is now 95 dry and already open for business

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 02: A teddy bear is seen on top of water logged items set on a curb in front of a home as people start to rebuild after their homes were inundated with water after torrential rains caused widespread flooding during Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey on September 2, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi on August 25, dumped around 50 inches of rain in and around areas of Houston and Southeast Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

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Sep 03, 2017 - 1:17 PM

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Trump visits evacuees at shelter in storm-battered Houston

Sep 03, 2017 - 8:29 AM

The sprawling Texas city was taking tentative steps back to normalcy after a week of flooding that damaged 40 000 to 50 000 homes and sent tens of thousands fleeing to emergency shelters

WITH THE KIDS. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump listen to children, victims of Hurricane Harvey, at NRG Center in Houston on September 2, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

The week in photos: August 26-September 1, 2017

Sep 02, 2017 - 2:31 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INK FESTIVAL. A participant displays his tattoo to audience of the Dutdutan festival at the World Trade Center in Pasay on September 1, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Some Texans head home, others still in peril

Sep 02, 2017 - 8:56 AM

UPDATED One week after the Category 4 storm lashed southeast Texas rescuers are still searching by air and by boat for people trapped in their flooded homes

GOING HOME. Jenna Fountain carries a bucket down Regency Drive to try to recover items from their flooded home in Port Arthur, Texas, September 1, 2017. Photo by Emily Kask/AFP

Miley Cyrus is latest celebrity to donate to Harvey relief

Sep 01, 2017 - 11:05 AM

Miley Cyrus bursts into tears for the victims in an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres show

MILEY CYRUS. The popstar, pictured here in a performance at the VMAs, is known for her philanthropic work. She is the founder of the Happy Hippie Foundation, which supports homeless and LGBTQ youth. Photo from

Rescuers scour storm-hit Texas for victims left in Harvey's wake

Sep 01, 2017 - 10:11 AM

UPDATED So far Harvey has been blamed for at least 38 deaths and tens of billions of dollars of damage

RESCUE. Military and State Troopers help evacuate a man beside the spillway area of the Barker Reservoir in the Coldine are a after Hurricane Harvey caused widespread flooding in Houston, Texas on August 31, 2017. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Irma now a Category 3 hurricane in Atlantic – U.S.

Sep 01, 2017 - 8:16 AM

The storm is currently far from land but is heading straight toward the southern Caribbean to the area between the US island territory of Puerto Rico and South America s northern coastline

CATEGORY 3. Image from the National Hurricane Center at

Oil down as U.S. refineries struggle from Harvey impact

Aug 31, 2017 - 2:25 PM

The storm caused the closure of refineries in the US oil producing heartland which traders fear will lead to bigger crude stockpiles and push down prices

An oil refinery is shown near Houston following Hurricane Harvey August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Celebrities raise millions for Harvey relief

Aug 31, 2017 - 11:01 AM

Sandra Bullock Jennifer Lopez Klhoe Kardashian and Dwayne The Rock Johnson donate to the victims of the hurricane in Houston

Southern hospitality shines through storm Harvey

Aug 31, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Perfect strangers up and down the state have leapt off sofas to pluck people to safety make donations and volunteer help

HELPING HAND. An elderly man is helped into a garbage truck as he evacuates from the Walkers Mark Townhomes in Houston on August 30, 2017, as the fourth largest city in the US battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. Thomas B. Shea/AFP

Texas flood toll mounts amid chemical blast fears

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:59 AM

UPDATED So far officials believe at least 33 people to have been killed in the storm and there is little doubt the toll will rise further

TO SAFETY. Evacuees sit on a boat after being rescued from flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Port Arthur, Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

'Bigger and stronger' storms on the horizon – experts

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:36 PM

Here are some answers to questions about the link between climate change and tropical storms known variously around the world as cyclones hurricanes and typhoons

TEXAS FLOODING. The South Park Cemetery in Pearland, Texas, is flooded by rains from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017. Photo by H. Ellessy /LamaLens / AFP

Harvey makes second landfall, hitting Louisiana

Aug 30, 2017 - 5:57 PM

UPDATED Now a tropical storm Harvey made landfall just west of the town of Cameron the National Hurricane Center says

Safe from Harvey, U.S. Pinoys help flood victims

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:50 PM

As monster storm Harvey hit Texas Filipinos in the United States set out to help the storm s victims

BAYANIHAN SPIRIT. Members of the Houston Pinoy Gun Club help deliver supplies to hospitals and hurricane victims. Screenshots from Paul Vizcarra Osorio's video

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Houston native Beyonce pledges to help Harvey relief

Aug 30, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Aside from Beyonce Drake and Kevin Hart are also among the famous personalities who are helping out the victims of Hurricane Harvey

BEYONCE. The Houston native has pledged unspecified aid after the city was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. Screengrab from Instagram/beyonce

Texas flood disaster by the numbers

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:57 AM

UPDATED The storm continues to shower the region as it heads slowly toward the neighboring state of Louisiana

RIVER/HIGHWAY. Downtown Houston and submerged highways are seen August 27, 2017 as the city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. Thomas B. Shea/AFP

Harvey floodwaters climb as Texas rescuers scramble to find survivors

Aug 30, 2017 - 6:59 AM

UPDATED The full scale of the catastrophe s impact – including the number of deaths and the extent of destruction – remains difficult for authorities to gauge as rescue efforts are ongoing and the storm is expected to strike once more

FROM HIGHWAY TO WATERWAY. People view the flooded highways in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. Thomas B. Shea/AFP

On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans braces for Harvey

Aug 30, 2017 - 6:54 AM

Forecasters predict flash flooding in the city famous for its jazz music and cuisine where Katrina caused widespread devastation in 2005

DARK CLOUDS AHEAD. A sign for New Orleans is seen on the lakefront as New Orleans prepares for flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

Athletes raise millions for Texas flood disaster

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:44 AM

UPDATED Millions have been raised across the US sports world for Harvey relief

Houston races to rescue flood victims before storm's return

Aug 29, 2017 - 6:47 AM

Officials warn that the danger has not yet passed with more families still stranded or packed into emergency shelters and the tropical storm once more gathering strength on the Gulf coast

EVACUATION. People evacuate their homes after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Human chains and jet skis: Texans come to the rescue

Aug 28, 2017 - 1:46 PM

With the official emergency services overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster in Houston the fourth biggest city in the United States it was sometimes left to an army of volunteers to save the day

People are rescued from a hotel by boat after Hurricane Harvey caused heavy flooding in Houston, Texas on August 27, 2017. Mark Ralston/AFP

Houston shelters overwhelmed as Louisiana braces for monster storm

Aug 28, 2017 - 7:32 AM

4th UPDATE Massive flooding unleashed by deadly monster storm Harvey leaves Houston – the fourth largest city in the United States – increasingly isolated

INUNDATED. People walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. Thomas B. Shea/AFP

Houston battles floods due to Harvey, at least 3 dead

Aug 27, 2017 - 8:50 AM

5th UPDATE US President Donald Trump says he will visit the Lone Star State as soon as he can do so without causing disruption

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 27: Vincente Navas (L) and Alma Barrientos stand outside their home in the Cottage Grove neighborhood which has been inundated with floodingf from Hurricane Harvey on August 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upwards to 40 inches of rain in Texas over the next couple of days. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Hurricane Harvey slams into Texas coastline

Aug 26, 2017 - 7:07 PM

Harvey loses strength as it moves inland over south Texas

'TERRIFYING'. Strong winds batter a house on Padre Island before the approaching Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 25, 2017. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:35 AM

3rd UPDATE President Donald Trump grants Texas Governor Greg Abbott s call to declare a major disaster zone in the state in order to speed federal aid to the millions in harm s way

HURRICANE HARVEY. Waves pound the shore from approaching Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Millions brace as Hurricane Harvey threatens Texas, Louisiana

Aug 25, 2017 - 6:50 PM

If forecasts hold Harvey will be the strongest hurricane to hit the US mainland in 12 years

HURRICANE HARVEY, The bread section of a Kroger store is empty as people prepare for the possible arrival of Hurricane Harvey on August 24, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP