One person was confirmed dead Saturday afternoon in Rockport, Texas as a result of the Hurricane Harvey. More victims and injuries are likely, officials there said. The coastal community has been devastated after experiencing peak wind surges of more than 125 mph overnight, according to the National Weather Service.
Harvey has now downgraded from a Category 4 hurricane to a tropical storm with heavy rain, according to the National Hurricane Center. The latest storm advisory can be found here.
Fort Worth’s Response
The Fort Worth Fire Department deployed 17 members of its personnel to help on the coast, according to the department’s twitter.
Total of 17 FWFD personnel currently deployed with TF-1 pic.twitter.com/vqcGZXq4Mz
— Fort Worth Fire Dept (@FortWorthFire) August 25, 2017
They are part of the swift/flood water team as well as the urban search and rescue team, which are responsible for helping victims from high water and collapsed buildings. The local personel moved from the Corpus Christi to the Port Aransas, Rockport area Saturday morning.
UPDATE. FWFD TX TF-1 units now operating in the Port Aransas, Rockport area. pic.twitter.com/yKxIastaU7
— Fort Worth Fire Dept (@FortWorthFire) August 26, 2017
Ten critically ill babies also received aid by Fort Worth residents. They traveled from Corpus Christi to Fort Worth’s Cooks Children’s hospital on Thursday, according to their twitter. Additionally, the hospital is asking residents for donations to help evacuees.
— Cook Children’s (@CookChildrens) August 25, 2017