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Photos: Harvey pounds Texas as 1st major hurricane to strike US since 2005

By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
August 27, 2017, 4:35:32 AM EDT

Nearly 300,000 customers were without power in the coastal region Saturday morning, and nearly 20 inches of rain had fallen in some places due to Harvey.

Harvey made landfall near the city of Rockport, Texas, early on early on Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane, toppling buildings, blowing over power poles and rearing roofs off of houses as it moved inland.

Two fatalities have been attributed to Harvey with over a dozen injuries, according to the Associated Press.

Reports: Harvey causes at least 2 fatalities, catastrophic damage and flooding in Texas
Torrential rain to evolve into flooding disaster as major Hurricane Harvey makes landfall over Texas
AccuWeather Hurricane Center

"Feet of rain will fall before Harvey dissipates later this week, with many areas having already received several inches. The heaviest rainfall is expected to stay to the north and east of the center of the storm, pummeling San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Galveston," AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts said.

A stationary band of downpours with rainfall rates exceeding 6 inches per hour set up over the Houston metro area and triggered significant flooding on Saturday night. Nearly 10 inches of rain fell in 90 minutes in Pearland, Texas.

Harvey has triggered at least 9 tornadoes across southeastern Texas.

Houston flooding

Flooding quickly inundated streets in Houston as a stationary band of heavy rain set up over the city on Saturday night. (Twitter/@mommailsse16)

AP Harvey power car

A police officer checks an abandoned vehicle as the last of Hurricane Harvey passes the area, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Rockport, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Jennifer Bryant

Jennifer Bryant looks over the debris from her family business destroyed by Hurricane Harvey Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Katy, Texas. Harvey rolled over the Texas Gulf Coast on Saturday, smashing homes and businesses and lashing the shore with wind and rain so intense that drivers were forced off the road because they could not see in front of them. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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