FEMA expecting 'large scale' damage as Hurricane Harvey slams into Texas coast

Record rainfall predicted to bring catastrophic flooding to South Texas.
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coast. Wind-swept rain wreaking havoc across that area. Kelly Ann: The impact felt for miles. Where the storm stands right now and what we can expect as it continues to turn churn. Rhondella: Down and out. Patriots nation full of concern this morning. The injury that had Julian Edelman carted off the field, on the eye. Announcer: You're watching WCVB newscenter 5 eyeopener. Doug: And we have breaking news off the top of the hour this morning. Hurricane Harvey lashing out at Texas right now. We have a live look for you on the left with overnight damage and then you have the radar on your right. Rhondella: The storm sitting right on the Texas coast. Tens of thousands of people without power right now. And there's no timeline on when it will be back. Thanks for joining us this Saturday morning. I'm rhondella Richardson. Doug: I'm Doug Meehan. Kflly Ann's along with us as well. The size of this thing. The eye continues even though it's down to category one. Kelly Ann: Yes, it is down to a category one. Don't let your guard down. It is still an intense situation. But category one at this point, and the wind has now gone from 100 miles an hour within the last hour down to 90 miles per hour. But that's still -- rhondella: The pictures are incredible. Doug: And the rain will be measured in feet, not inches. Kelly Ann: You can see the rain starting to pound corpus Christi. It's one area in Texas expected to be hit hard. Several inches of rainfall before the storm is all said and done with, and strong winds knocking trees back and forth. Conditions took down this traffic sign in that community. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour as it made landfall late last night. And the damage being felt in rockport where several people are being evacuated after a roof collapsed at a senior housing complex. Vehicles and trees just wind-blown as the hurricane barrels onto the coast. Here's a look at what we're seeing right now. Again, category one hurricane Harvey at this point. Still moving northwest on land. Of course, because it is on land rather than water, that is why it is slowly weakening. That water temperature down there near 90 degrees. And so with it now moving onto land, it is going to continue to weaken slowly as it moves into the next 24 hours. But here locally, it is quiet. We have beautiful clear conditions in place as we take a live look in Boston right now. 60 degrees at this point. Dew point down to about 48. That is what's so impressive as we are seeing extremely dry and low humidity out there for today, really for the next couple of days. Sunrise around 6:03, inching closer as we see temperatures slowly rising through this afternoon. We'll be into the low to mid 70's when all is said and done. We're expecting a change in the forecast toward the end of the workweek. Not only are we watching hurricane Harvey. There's another disturbance close to Florida making its way up the coast. I'll look at that and how we could feel local impacts coming up. Doug and rhondella? Sgld all right, Kelly Ann. We want to dip into ABC's live coverage. Rob Marciano is in the middle. Let's listen in.at hurricane Harvey has been delivering here relentless really for the past 12 hours, 18 hours. Really after 5:00 yesterday when things ramped up and it's been like this ever since, it was woshs there for a time around midnight to 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. You hear -- I don't know if you can hear that. Matt Gutman was talking about what a hurricane sounds like. When you get it when it's accelerated by 10, 20, 340 miles per hour like it's been doing, you hear this roar that comes across the landscape. I immediately started to think, well, something is coming off the building or another building close by and that may be the case but honestly I think it's just the wind accelerating through the crevices of the trees and coming around the corners of the buildings and other structures in this area and creating a roar. That roar, that train that often people describe when a tornado comes through their neighborhood because honestly, this is an ef-1 tornado now that's coming through this area. It was an ef-2, ef-3 equivalent at landfall which is why we're so afraid what what we'll see when the sun comes up. We did not get a break but we have been paying the price as far as being in or close to the eye wall pretty much all night long. Not getting any pleasure of the calm wind for sure for the 30 or 40 minutes the eye is over us -- those folks, it's been a relentless pounding of the wind and certainly taken a toll on this infrastructure, Dan and Amy. That's the difference, rob, a tornado happens in minds. This is Doug: Okay. We were dipping into ABC's coverage of hurricane Harvey down there. Rob Marciano in the middle of it all. We will continue to follow that. We'll dip in when necessary. "Good morning America" coming up at the top of the hour at 7:00. A beverly-based disaster response unit already has members down there in Texas ready to help. Two logistics experts from FEMA's mass urban search and rescue team are already there. Trucks loaded with supplies ready to follow if needed for a mission that's proven to be difficult in the past. There's a lot of devastation. Signs are down. Landmarks are down. It becomes difficult because nothing looks like it does on the map because it's all covered with water. Doug: Mass urban search and rescue has responded to disasters in the past, including hurricane Katrina and superstorm sandy. Rhondella: President trump is monitoring the storm from camp David this morning, the president tweeting last night for people there to stay safe and wishing them good luck. He's been in touch with the governor of Texas and in constant contact with FEMA. The agency is moving generators and other resources to the area. The next few hours are crucial to watch this major storm. We're tracking it on-air, online and on mobile. Check in wherever you are for the latest on Harvey and its impact. Doug: A little closer to home, right now, it could be a tough break for patriots fans. This one hurts. Wide receiver Julian Edelman may have torn his A.C.L. Let's go to the video. The injury happening on this play in last night's preseason game against the lions. Edelman making a sharp cut and going down without being hit. There it is right there. He limped off the field alone but was later carted away. The next move for Edelman ahead in sports with Bob Halloran. And then there's this. Could the heart of the Celtics return to Boston? ESPN reporting there may be uncertainty over the physical fitness of Isaiah Thomas regarding that injured hip. He was sent to Cleveland along with Jae crowder with a blockbuster trade that put kyrie Irving in a C's Jersey, but the Cavs could void that trade if Thomas doesn't pass their physical exam. Rhondella: Right now firefighters believe they know the cause of a two-alarm blaze on Boston's beacon street. Smoke was showing from the top floor of a four-story home just opposite from the Boston common when firefighters responded around 10:40 last night. Investigators say an electrical shortage in a bathroom ceiling fixture likely sparked the flames. One firefighter suffered a back injury. Another had to be taken away for evaluation. New on 5 -- another Boston firefighter is recovering after battling flames at a west Roxbury home. This was the scene just before 11:30 last night on Whittemore street. That firefighter was taken from the scene for treatment for an arm injury. Nobody inside the home was hurt. The damage is estimated at $500,000. Doug: Right now the threat of a bus strike is looming out in Worcester. School leaders there preparing for a possible shutdown on Monday. That's the first day of school. The problem there is between Durham bus company and its union. They're going to meet throughout the weekend to find a solution before a strike. The "Worcester telegram" reporting the union represents more than 130 drivers and monitors, many demanding better wages, health care and retirement benefits. Rhondella: This morning a controversial Arizona sheriff is thanking president trump for his pardon. Former sheriff Joe arpaio was recently convicted of intentionally disobeying a judge's order in an immigration case. The white house says the 85-year-old was, quote, a worthy candidate for a presidential pardon. Last night arpaio extended his gratitude. Well, I appreciate the president's pardon. Very humbled that he did that. He loves law enforcement. I was with him from day one two years ago in Phoenix at the first rally, and I always said pardon or no pardon, I will stick with him as long as he's the president. Rhondella: The president strongly hinted at the pardon earlier this week during an event in Arizona. Doug: Right before that pardon, president trump directed the Pentagon to declare an indefinite plan on transgender individuals from joining the military, but the president is leaving the door open on allowing those already in uniform to remain in service. Defense secretary James Mattis will have the final say on that matter. No action will be taken until then. The investigation into a white supremacist event in Virginia continues. Rhondella: The independent review that's underway right now. Plus tense moments after a police chase. An officer run over by a suspect. How he managed to escape with just minor injuries. Kelly Ann? Kelly Ann: Another great day ahead for us in the bay state. I'm tracking the impacts of hurricane Harvey as it makes landfall in Texas. The flooding concerns as the storm progresses. And here's a live look at that storm, now a category one hurricane making its way north of Victoria with 90-mile-per-hour Doug: Welcome back. We have new video into our newsroom of some of the damage in Corpus Christi. You can see trees, limbs and other loose items tossed around. Look at that truck there. The winds were ripping through this community overnight, but they have died down considerably. However, they are not out of danger because look at the size of this storm. Winds still currently at 90 miles an hour. This is still a category one hurricane. Daylight just about there. And we will continue to track this and follow ABC news and Kelly Ann in just a moment with more updates. Rhondella: Caught on camera, a police sergeant gets pinned under a pickup truck after a wild police chase. An officer tries to stop a man in Ohio believed to be a burglary suspect. The truck takes off, speeding and spinning out on wet roads. It finally stops, and an officer moves in for the arrest. That's when the truck lurches toward the officer, who then opens fire. The officer was pinned by his leg under the truck. Incredibly, he is not seriously hurt. He's in a lot of pain, a lot of bruises. Fortunately, in a situation like this where it could have ended tragically, his injuries are minor. Rhondella: That's lucky. Other officers moved in for the arrest. The suspect and his passenger were not hit by the bullets. Doug: That is unbelievable video. Meanwhile -- person tries to set fire to a doctor's office and, yes, it was all caught on camera. Check out the surveillance video from Louisville, Kentucky. Police are looking for a person there who pulls up on an A.T.V. And throws some kind of a fire bomb at the building. It burst into flames. That person takes off. The damage found Monday morning, employees at first thinking it was an accident. That was until they checked out their surveillance video. Rhondella: Just look at it down there. Even though a category one, what a night they've had after this hitting around 11:00 our time, 10:00 their time. Doug: And the thing here is not only the wind damage as daylight approaches, but the rain that's going to continue to pound that area for the next couple of days. This could be a potential serious disaster happening down there. Kelly Ann: Absolutely. We're talking about the likelihood of up to feet of rainfall, near three feet. Think about how that would equate to snowfall. Doug: 10 inches of snow with one inch of rain. Kelly Ann: Incredible amount of moisture. That's something the infrastructure can't handle but no infrastructure could handle with that kind of rainfall in place. This is the track and the main concern, that it's just not moving. It's kind of parked in place as it continues to stay over land right now. It will start to do a little bit of a loop around as we move into the overnight hours into tomorrow making its way back toward the coast as we head into Monday morning. Now, initially, this storm track was expected to move a little farther offshore before moving back on land. To the advantage of the people of Texas, it's not looking to move over water as much so it likely will not strengthen as it transforms into a tropical storm and depression into the middle of next week. Something we'll be tracking Wednesday into Thursday. I mentioned the rainfall. Isolated areas of three feet of rain. That's going to be a huge impact. Even Houston up to 18.6 inches of rain expected. Meanwhile, there's another tropical disturbance near Florida. Nothing in strength compared to Harvey, but this is something as it continues to move up the coastline could possibly transform into yet another tropical storm. It would be Irma as it continues to move up the east coast. That could bring that possibility of some tropical moisture even here as we head to the middle of next week. Now, luckily for us, that track continues to shift southward. We are not seeing any strong indication of rainfall, but at this point humidity is expected by the late portion of the week. Clear skies out there has allowed temperatures to fall into the 40's with Springfield at 46. Metrowest, thermometers down into the 50's. Worcester 54 degrees. Downtown Boston, we're holding on to 60 before rising into the mid to upper 70's this afternoon, cooling down as we head into the forecast yet again for tonight. Check out these low temperatures. # Falling into the lower 50's. So a little taste of fall especially as we head into Monday. Watching THA humidity rising by the middle of the workweek as we watch tropical storm Irma trying to form. At this point, though, it's just a disturbance. We move into the late portion of next week. There is a chance of a few showers for Friday. I have to tell you, a lot of the models are suggesting a quieter pattern as we head into next we weekend, which brings us into labor day weekend. Rhondella: Thank you, Kelly Ann. The time is 6:18. Tracking several other stories. Doug: A former federal prosecutor is launching an investigation into the events at charlottesville, Virginia, involving white supremacists. Following three events there. The most recent, this August 12 in the so-called unite the right rally that turned into deadly violence. Also a may 13 torch rally and a July 8 Ku klux Klan gathering. The council will be reviewing the city's preparation and response. Rhondella: The family of a Connecticut sailor killed in a Navy ship collision is remembering him with pride. Electronics technician third class Dustin Doyon was killed en the U.S.S. John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker near Singapore earlier this week. His family got the confirmation yesterday, releasing a statement that said, "We will miss him immensely, and we are so very thankful for the 26 wonderful years we had together." Announcer: Now here's Bob Halloran with sportscenter 5, powered by XFINITY. Bob: The goal of the preseason is to get out of it healthy. And it looks like patriot wide receiver Julian Edelman didn't make it. In Detroit last night, on the patriots opening drive, Brady's favorite and most trusted target cuts hard, and his right knee buckles just a bit. The patriots are concerned he tore his A.C.L., which would end his season. He'll have an M.R.I. Tomorrow to determine the full extent of the injury. Meanwhile, the patriots starters jumped on the lions and grabbed a 24-0 lead. Chris hogan with a pair of touchdown catches from Tom Brady. The patriots got a late field goal from Stephen gostkowski and beat the lions 30-28. Red sox back home against Baltimore, and a rough night for Rick Porcello. He gave up 11 runs, but only four of them were earned. The red sox commit a season high five errors and give up a season high 16 runs. They lose 16-3. Eduardo Rodriguez gets the start for the red sox this afternoon. That's sports. Have a great day. Doug: All right, Bob. Thank you. In "5 for good," changing that old saying misery loves company. Rhondella: Our Erika tarantal introduces us to the woman who started hope loves company. Her mission to help kids impacted by A.L.S. You got taller since may? Erika: Jodi o'donnell Ames considers all these kids hers. Busy finding bunks, they all came to east Brookfield for hope loves company, a long weekend away. The combination of the regular fun camp experience and supporting one another. Erika: Everyone here is touched by A.L.S. Maybe a parent or grandparent is struggling or has struggled. Jodi lost her husband, Kevin o'donnell, when he was just 36. She married Warren Ames, who lost his wife. Bth had young children. Our children were under 11 when they lost a parent to A.L.S., and there was no such thing as camp or support groups for children. Erika: She changed that in 2012 with the first hope loves company camp in her home state of New Jersey. Camps are now held in five more states, including Massachusetts. It was the first time that I felt like I didn't have to explain A.L.S. To anyone else. It was incredible. Erika: There's such strength in that smile. Mackenzie Anderson's mom, Susan, was diagnosed in 2014 and passed away last year. I was struggling at first. I was diagnosed with depression at the time, and I'm such a happy person, and that just wasn't me, so I knew I needed something. I needed some help. Erika: From Foxborough, she found Jodi online, and at camp the support she needed, forever friendships. All across the country, we text each other in a group chat. My friends will -- the other day my friend facetimed me at 11:00 P.M. She's in Florida really missing her mom. They're the only people who understand. A lot of other kids have parents or grandparents or aunts and uncles with A.L.S., and it's nice to meet them and stuff and to relate. Erika: Repeat campers holly and Karina Cowan look forward to that and to just being kids. The climb. The climb, rock wall climbing. Yeah. Yes. Campfires. We're they're cheerleaders. We have a lot to do. Erika: The A.L.S. Association of Massachusetts agrees there's a real need for more support for children. They helped sponsor the east Brookfield camp. Meantime -- Jodi's goal is to get enough support to be able to hold a camp within five hours of every child across the country who needs one. Erika tarantal, WCVB newscenter 5. Doug: What an amazing effort there. 6:22 is your time. School, it's already in session for several schools across the country. Rhondella: That means looking forward to graduation for seniors. We'll show you one senior class with a very special group that could have you seeing double. Doug: Continuing to follow the situation down there in Texas. This is some incredible video as winds blow part of a building away in aransas pass. It was destroyed by the strong winds as hurricane Harvey was approaching. That is not even what's happening down there right now. Updates just ahead. We just moved in about four months ago, but the living room's pretty blank. It's really nice when clients come in and have done some of their own research. Working with a Bassett Designer was really easy. Just kind of ties in very well. We love it! We just moved in about four months ago, but the living room's pretty blank. It's really nice when clients come in and have done some of their own research. Working with a Bassett Designer was really easy. Just kind of ties in very well. We love it! Kelly Ann: Welcome back. Here's a live look in galveston as hurricane Harvey continues to move landfall. And you can see just how crazy the wind is turning through that area and the waves that are moving through as well. This is now a category one. We're still seeing sustained winds near 90 miles per hour. Storm surge is an issue. You saw extremely strong waves moving through as well. Corpus Christi seeing some of the heaviest of the rainfall. Take a look at where we're looking to see that storm surge become an issue. It's right along that coastline. Six to 12 feet. That's going to be an issue through the start of next week. Temperatures here locally, because we are nice and quiet, down to the 50's in spots. In fact, some of us, including plymouth, got down into the 40's. Doug and rhondella, a chilly start. Doug: The class of 2018 includes 10 sets of twins. Among them, three pairs of identical twins. # The kids say it can be kind of from us straying being compare comparcompared to your sibling. Some are making the best of it admitting they trick the teachers and it can be fun. 6:27 is your time. Another attempt of a show of power from North Korea. Rhondella: Plus, New Hampshire feeling the effects of the opioid crisis. The spike in overdoses this week. That's prompting increased concern. Doug: Texas feeling the effects of hurricane Harvey. It slammed ashore a category four at 10:00 local time last night. They are still assessing the damage down there. And this storm not going anywhere. ??? Walter? Hmm? Is that the rest of our food? What? No. How come you have cheese in your beard? Because switching to Geico could save you 15% or more on car insurance. Oh! Ok. Geico. Because saving 15% or more on car insurance is always a great answer. Whoa! Gross! Announcer: Now on newscenter 5 eyeopener -- Kelly Ann: Breaking news. Hurricane Harvey ripping through parts of Texas. The damage left behind this morning and what could be expected as the storm whips along the coast. Rhondella: The impacts of hurricane Harvey could be felt here in the bay state. We're talking about the ripple effect in the form of gas prices. Doug: A firefighter in training in the middle of the real thing. The rush to help several people out of a burning building, on the eye. Announcer: You're watching WCVB newscenter 5 eyeopener. Doug: We continue to follow breaking news. Live pictures from Texas right now. The rain, the lightning, tornado warnings in some places down there. Power lines down. People without power this morning. They're just waking up to assess the damage, and it is not pretty. Good morning, everybody. Thanks for joining us. Here's a live look at that radar image. Rhondella: It is out of control. Even though we're a category one, it hit a category four at 10:00 their time. What do we expect now?

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