Harvey hits Port Lavaca with brutal winds and rough surf

The storm surged onto mainland, flooding a hotel, knocking out the power and leaving the pool covered in debris.
3:37 | 08/27/17

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Thanks so much. Harvey pounding the coast as it came ashore. The storm hitting one of its first targets, port lavaca, with brutal winds and rough surf. The storm surge flooding this coastal community. ABC's senior meteorologist, rob Mars yaw Marciano, in part lava lavaca, right now where Harvey hit land. Rob. Reporter: Hey, Tom. That storm surge relentless here, tossing these boats on shore. The rain for now has finally stopped for millions of residents across the Texas coast last night. It was a long night. 12 hours in the path of a slow-moving hurricane. It's 7:00 local time. The center of the storm just 30 miles off the coast line. Harvey barreling toward shore as night falls Friday -- the rain and the wind really picking up. The storm surge continues to pour in. One of its first stops, port lavaca on the gulf coast, hitting in the dead of night. The power has finally gone out here at our hotel. Rain pouring down sideways -- wind thrashing. The storm surge turning our hotel into an island. This stairwell flooded. When a storm comes in at night like this one did, there's a level of fear that is ramped up that is absolutely indescribable. The rain outside, blinding. I'm just going to take a couple of steps here, I can barely -- I'm actually sliding -- sliding without really trying here. By daylight, the worst of it is finally over, but the storm surge was relentless. Now that the sun is up, we can give you a vantage point on what the storm surge looks like. This is the hotel pool covered now with salt water and debris from the hotel. Look at that. That's part of the wall that was peeled off. Rob Marciano riding out that storm in front of cameras. As we saw in your report, an incredibly slow-moving storm. Why is it staying put for so long? Reporter: The currents just kind of collapse. -Moving quickly when it hit shore, and now it's stuck between two systems. Those big, blue "Hs," you see on the map, it's right between those areas. Now it's stuck in the middle, and it's going to sit and drift, and we're not sure where it will go. Not really sure where the rain bands around this circulation will set up. There will be more heavy rain, Tom. Rob Marciano, thanks. At this hour, the concern is over potential catastrophic flooding. This is turn into a monster rain maker. Let's get to chief meteorologist, ginger zee, tracking all of this. Where is it headed next? Reporter: Look at this storm. It is all but stationary. The center of it there, just north and west of Victoria. The threat regions with those outer bands keep hitting the same places, Tom. You see the tornado watch. That's one of the threats tonight. That goes until 2:00 A.M. Central time. The flash flood watch will stay with us for at least the next T two days. Flood watch still includes, Austin, Houston, up to centerville, and the track right now takes it up to where it made its second landfall early this morning. Sunday, 11:00 A.M., so tomorrow morning, people are thinking, I should get out. There will still be flash flooding. East of there into parts of Louisiana, and additionally, you could see another 10 to 20 plus inches of rain. Just to give you an idea, we already saw some of the bayous having some trouble in Houston. This is Buffalo bayou expected to get to a 65-foot record tomorrow. More than 10 feet above the flood stage. That's incredible. Ginger, thank you.

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