Harvey spun deeper into Texas and unloaded extraordinary amounts of rain Saturday after the once-fearsome hurricane crashed into vulnerable homes and businesses along the coastline in a blow that killed at least three people in Houston after woman and child were found drowned in a submerged vehicle, reports the Houston Chronicle. In the region between Corpus Christi and Houston, many people feared that toll was only the beginning. Authorities dreaded the destruction that was yet to come from a storm that could linger for days and unload more than 40 inches of rain on cities, including dangerously flood-prone Houston, reports the AP. "I can tell you I have a very bad feeling and that's about it," said Port Aransas Mayor Charles Bujan, who had called for a mandatory evacuation but did not know how many heeded the order.
Some of the worst damage appeared to be in Rockport, a coastal city of about 10,000 directly in the storm's path. The mayor said his community took a blow "right on the nose" that left "widespread devastation." About 300,000 were without power statewide. Gov. Greg Abbott said it would be several days before electricity is restored. Meanwhile, the storm was barely moving. Rainfall totals varied across the region, with Corpus Christi and Galveston at around 3 inches, Houston 7 inches, and Aransas 10. Tiny Austwell got 15 inches. In Houston, authorities pleaded with people not to leave their homes as a flood emergency was declared. "The streets are treacherous," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. By 4am Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said Harvey continued to cause "catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas." Harvey's maximum sustained winds were about 45mph, but the storm was practically stationary as it dumped torrential rain. (Read more Hurricane Harvey stories.)