Texas storm Harvey breaks historic rainfall record

AP News in Brief at 12:03 am EDT

The Barker Reservoir and Addicks Reservoir, the two major flood-control reservoirs for the Houston area, are spilling over into adjacent subdivisions.

First lady Melania Trump walks on high heels to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, on August 29, 2017 en route to Texas to view the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Watt was quick in helping organize relief efforts for Houston after Hurricane Harvey devastated the area.

A submerged power station in Louisiana.

"The media is more concerned with criticizing Lady Melania Trump's appearance than the millions affected by this horrific disaster", conservative provocateur Jack Posobiec tweeted.

He said the military is providing everything that has been requested by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, although the response is constrained by the stormy weather and by flooding that limits use of roadways.

Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian, her sisters and mother Kris Jenner have donated $500,000 (£387,000) to the cause, with the reality TV star tweeting: "Houston we are praying for you!"

Myers said the staggering figure represents 0.08 percent of the gross national product, or GDP, which is $19 trillion.

Cars caught up in the flooding would be inspected by insurance companies to determine their fate, according to Karen Phillips, general counsel for the Texas Automobile Dealers Association. It passed a bill in 2012 that would have raised premiums, but after an outcry from many of the 5 million policyholders, Congress changed the program again in 2014 to cap the increases policyholders would have to pay. OM Financial's Stuart Ive says an overshoot of the scale of the API release could send the US oil price back above $50 a barrel.

Unconfirmed reports of others missing or presumed dead are growing.

"People are just on edge" in New Orleans as they wait for the storm's impact, WWNO reporter Tegan Weldland told Morning Edition Wednesday.

Nearly 40 inches of rain hammered the city of Huston and the surrounding area earlier this week, leaving many thousands of people homeless.

To critics, however, it seemed as if the president were adapting the tone of a campaign rally to very different circumstances.

Catastrophic flooding struck on Friday when 30 inches of rain was dumped in parts of Texas including the city of Houston.

"It is certainly still possible rainfall from Tropical Storm Harvey may exceed the all-time United States record but no official rain gauge has reported a value in excess of 52 inches", the weather service said.

Elsewhere US data issued yesterday points to a rise in shale oil production starting in September. This will help push the country towards an estimated ten million barrels per day of output by next year.

The Chinese data is especially important.

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