Harvey breaks rain record in Texas as rescues surge

Nearly 52 inches of rain have been recorded in Cedar Bayou, Texas, the National Weather Service reported on Tuesday – a figure that broke the continental U.S. record – as Harvey continues to hit the area.

Meantime, federal and local agencies announced they had lifted more than 13,000 people out of the floodwaters in the Houston area and surrounding cities and counties.

Rains in the region, near Mont Belvieu, Texas, reached 51.88 inches as of 3:30 p.m. CDT. That’s a record for both Texas and the continental United States but it doesn’t surpass the 52 inches from tropical cyclone Hiki in Kauai, Hawaii, in 1950 — before Hawaii became a state.

But the National Hurricane Center says that the reading on Tuesday afternoon may be unusual because it was from a low flying hurricane hunter airplane.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday imposed a curfew beginning at 12 a.m. to ensure public safety. Police Chief Art Acevedo said violators would be stopped, questioned, searched and arrested.

Houston police have rescued about 4,100 people; city firefighters have saved more than 3,000; and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office has rescued more than 3,000 people, according to officials. Meantime, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Mike Hart says his agency has rescued more than 3,000 people in Houston, but also in outlying cities and subdivisions outside of the city, as well as in surrounding counties, including Brazoria, Galveston and…

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