See before-and-after satellite images of Harvey flooding

See before-and-after satellite images of Harvey flooding

The storm's path is expected to hit the coast of southern Louisiana, from Holly Beach to Morgan City, and skip New Orleans.

Rescuers pounded on doors and shouted for survivors as they did a block-by-block search Thursday of tens of thousands of Houston homes deluged by Harvey.

Louisiana residents braced for Harvey's ferocious maximum sustained winds nearing 45 miles (72 km) per hour, with forecasters predicting another five to 10 inches (13 to 25 cm) of rain could pour on the region.

"Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding continues in southeastern Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana", the National Hurricane Centre warned in an advisory on Wednesday.

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Inches of rainfall in Cedar Bayou, Texas, as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

"We've stayed in touch with everybody two or three times a day to reach them", Texans Coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday, per the Houston Chronicle.

On Wednesday, the league reversed course: Per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo, the game now has been canceled so that the Texans' players can return to their families in Houston.

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Outside Houston, more than 50cm of rain had fallen overnight in the communities of Beaumont and Port Arthur in eastern Texas, officials said.

The latest reported deaths included a married couple who drowned while driving through high water near Simonton, Texas, Major Chad Norvell of the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter. As others scrambled to escape, a young mother died, swept away while trying to save her child.

Closer to Houston, a flooded chemical plant in Crosby is poised to explode, a spokeswoman for French company Arkema said, though the timing and the extent of the danger were not immediately clear. CBS affiliate KFDM said the fire spread to several houses and the neighborhood was being evacuated.

The floods shut the nation's largest oil refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, in the latest hit to United States energy infrastructure that has sent fuel prices climbing.

Moody's Analytics is estimating the economic cost from Harvey for southeast Texas at $51 billion to $75 billion, ranking it among the costliest storms in U.S. history.

Harvey continued to slam parts of Texas overnight before the storm came ashore again Wednesday morning, this time in Louisiana near the Texas border. Rain is still expected in the area through Friday.

Harvey was previously known to have left at least three people dead, with six more fatalities potentially tied to the storm.

Mr Trump said he wanted the relief effort to stand as an example of how to respond to a storm.

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