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    Reports: Harvey's flooding rain forces water rescues around Nashville

    By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
    September 01, 2017, 12:03:26 PM EDT

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    As of 10:56 a.m. CDT Friday, this reports story is no longer being updated. Click here to follow Harvey's remaining path across the eastern U.S.

    Even as floodwaters begin to recede, flooding from Harvey is expected to continue for days following the storm's final landfall in the United States.

    Record-breaking rainfall has occurred in parts of Texas, including Beaumont, which has been drenched by more than 40 inches of rain between Aug. 26 and Aug. 29.

    Shelters are swelling to capacity as hundreds of thousands of displaced people seek help following the storm. Water damage, mold and disease-ridden water will possibly render parts of Houston inhabitable for weeks and possibly months.

    The number of people killed by the storm is also expected to rise as rescuers slowly begin to shift to the recovery phase in impacted areas. So far, Harvey has claimed the lives of at least 39 people.

    Dr. Joel N. Myers, AccuWeather's founder, president and chairman, stated that Harvey will be "the worst natural disaster in American history."

    Harvey is expected to bring rain and some isolated flash flooding to the Ohio Valley and across the mid-Atlantic states for part of the Labor Day weekend.

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    10:53 a.m. CDT Friday: The National Hurricane Center has issued its final advisory for Harvey as it is now post tropical. The system will continue to bring heavy rain into the Ohio Valley on Friday, while severe flooding continues in Texas and Louisiana.

    10:25 a.m. CDT Friday: Fort Bend County, Texas, Judge Robert Herbert confirmed that the Brazos River has crested at around 55.18 feet and the elevation of the river is dropping.

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    (Image/NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service)

    "We have a defined inundation area now, it's not gonna get bigger. It will get smaller," Herbert said. He added that residents can travel freely throughout the county as long as its dry, but residents should keep checking the latest road closures.

    8:56 a.m. CDT Friday: Francisco Sanchez, a spokesperson for Harris County, said that 70 percent of Harris County's 1,777 square miles is covered with 1.5 feet of water.

    Harris County officials said that debris clearing teams are working to clear debris from major roadways where water has receded.

    6:30 a.m. CDT Friday: Numerous roads are closed with other roads impassable in Simpson County, Kentucky, emergency officials report. Schools in the county are closed due to the flooding.

    Elsewhere in the state, areas around Bowling Green have seen anywhere from 3-7 inches of rain thus far.

    3:30 a.m. CDT Friday: At least 30 water rescues have taken place in the Nashville area tonight, according to law enforcement. The Red Cross has stepped in to help.

    Heavy rainfall associated with Harvey has made its way northward. Flash flooding warnings have been issued for south-central Kentucky due to the heavy rain. 5.73 inches of rain fell near Plano, Kentucky, in an 8 hour period, as of early this morning.

    2:20 a.m. CDT Friday: Power outages are increasing across Tennessee. In Nashville, 3,286 customers are affected by outages, while the Memphis Light, Gas and Water company says 16,460 customers are without power.

    1:55 a.m. CDT Friday: Water rescues are ongoing in Goodletsville and along several creeks in Nashville. Several reports on social media claim homes are beginning to flood as water levels rise.

    In the last 24 hours, some areas in Tennessee have received nearly 4.5 inches of rain. Lexington got 4.44 inches; Memphis received 4.04 inches; Jackson received 3.45 inches of rain since this time Thursday.

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    Heavy rain from Harvey has inundated much of the Nashville area. The water has gotten so high, it's overtaking residents' cars. (Photo/Twitter/@katelynfish)

    12:50 a.m. CDT Friday: Together, Entergy Louisiana and Southwestern Electric Power Company have about 70,000 customers without power across the state. Harvey has mostly exited Louisiana and is currently focusing its flooding rain and destructive winds at Nashville.

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    Flooding overtook road signs in Louisiana near the Texas state line after Harvey unleashed downpours on the western region of the state on August 31, 2017. (Photo/FB/Louisiana State Police)

    12:15 a.m. CDT Friday: Several reports of flash flooding have come out of Tennessee, in Davidson, Benton, Maury and Cheatham counties. I-40 eastbound just west of Nashville is flooded with 5 cars stalled out. The two far right lanes are impassable.

    Home and cars are flooded near Belmont, Tennessee, just west of Nashville.

    11:50 p.m. CDT Thursday: A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Nashville, moving north at 20 mph. The storm will be near Madison, Tennessee around 12:05 a.m. CDT Friday.

    Several trees are reported down across Benton County, Tennessee, with scattered power outages. 

    11 p.m. CDT Thursday: Nashville Police warn certain residents between Tucker Road and Buena Vista Pike to evacuate as Whites Creek has risen 13 feet in 2 hours. They say shelter will be provided.

    5.02 inches of rain have fallen in Hickman County, Tennessee. Flash flood warnings remain in affect for a large portion of central Tennessee. 

    9:30 p.m. CDT Thursday: Multiple roads are closed from flooding around the Nashville metro area. The city has picked up nearly 2 inches of rain since Thursday evening.

    8:35 p.m. CDT Thursday: The Niches River in Beaumont, Texas is still rising as water continues to drain downstream.

    NOAA is projecting that the river will crest on Friday just above 20 feet and remain in major flood stage well into the first week of September. The Buffalo Bayou near Houston is also expected to remain in major flood stage into next week.

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    7 p.m. CDT Thursday: Rescue efforts are still ongoing even though rain from Harvey ended days ago.

    The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued or assisted at least 6,000 people sting rescue efforts began. Some rescue teams have had to break through the roofs of houses to reach the people trapped inside.

    People that may be in contact with flood waters should use caution as they can be dangerous and lead to illness.

    "A Texas A&M University analysis of floodwater samples from the Houston area shows E. coli levels that are 125 times higher than is considered safe for swimming," the Associated Press said.

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    People launch boats from an overpass into floodwaters in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey in Kountze, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    6:10 p.m. CDT Thursday: The threat of tornadoes will continue across parts of Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi into tonight.

    An emergency manager reported tornado damage near Mount Pleasant, Tennessee after a severe storm moved through the area earlier in the afternoon. Another storm capable of producing a tornado also tracked near Nashville, Tennessee.

    5:40 p.m. CDT Thursday: Some gas stations near areas hit hard by Harvey are running out of fuel.

    Price gouging has been reported in the Dallas Fort-Worth area as people line up to fill their cars with gas.

    “The head of the Texas agency that regulates the oil and gas industry is urging people to wait three or four days to fill their cars and trucks with gasoline if they can,” the Associated Press said.

    As of Thursday afternoon, there were 10 Gulf Coast refineries shut down, according to the Energy Department.

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    Employee Bryan Herrera holds a makeshift sign that reads, "Out of Gas," as he stands outside the Shell filling station where he works, in north Dallas, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. It’s getting harder to fill gas tanks in parts of Texas where some stations are out of fuel and pump costs are spiking. A major gasoline pipeline shuttered due to Harvey may be able to resume shipping fuel from the Houston area by Sunday, which could ease gasoline shortages across the southern U.S. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    4:05 p.m. CDT Thursday: Several tornadoes have touched down in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee with thunderstorms associated with Harvey.

    These tornadoes have lead to some damage, including bringing down trees and power lines in Booneville, Mississippi.

    Meanwhile, Houston public schools have announced that classes will start on Sept. 11 due to Harvey. This is two weeks later than when school was originally scheduled to begin.

    1:52 p.m. CDT Thursday: Major health risks could arise this weekend as temperatures will be in the lower 90s in the Houston area through Saturday. Combined with high humidity levels, it will feel rather uncomfortable, especially for those outside cleaning up after Harvey.

    "Temperatures will be in the lower 90s in the Houston area [and] RealFeel® temperatures will be well into the 100s F during the afternoon. Air quality levels, largely due to ozone, will be unhealthy for sensitive groups," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root.

    Those conditions could be particularly dangerous for anyone who remains stranded in flooded areas or without power in their homes.

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    Serenity Vanderziel, left and Shelbee LeJeune walk along the flooded Parish Barn Road in Iowa, La., Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. Tropical Storm Harvey chugged through southwest Louisiana after an early morning landfall Wednesday, weakening but still posing a continued statewide threat of heavy rain, flash floods and tornadoes as it moved to the northeast (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis).

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