Via the Houston Chronicle: Death toll reportedly reaches 5 as Harvey spawns massive flooding in Houston area. Excerpt:
City officials urged people to call 911 only if they are in "imminent danger" as flood water in the Houston area continued to rise.
Tropical Storm Harvey hovered over Houston early Sunday and dumped 20 to 30 inches of rain on already saturated streets, killing at least five people and prompting evacuations of apartment complexes and dramatic rescues, according to the National Weather Service.
"It's catastrophic, unprecedented, epic -- whatever adjective you want to use," said Patrick Blood, a NWS meteorologist. "It's pretty horrible right now."
As of 7 a.m., the weather service said August was the wettest month on record for the Houston area, with an average rainfall of nearly 23 inches, beating June 2011.
Across the region, rising waters pinned some into their homes or on rooftops, as low-lying areas turned into massive lakes and streams. Freeways in some parts were so deluged, water was lapping at overhead freeway signs.
Police were using transit buses to evacuate those unable to get to shelters on their own.
Here is the latest on forecasts, damage, evacuations, closures and more as the storm continues to churn in South Texas.
FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS - 6:10 a.m.
The entire Texas Gulf coast is under a "catastrophic" flash flood emergency until 10:45 a.m.
The 12 counties under a flash flood emergency are the counties of Harris, eastern Wharton, Austin, southeastern Grimes, southeastern Washington, Galveston, southwestern Montgomery, Fort Bend, northern Brazoria, Waller and central Matagorda.
Rainfall totals for the past 12 hours topped 20 inches. And the forecast for the next few days remains dire, with computer models showing continued rounds of thunderstorms spawned by Harvey, which has been downgraded from a hurricane to tropical storm. Blood said the Houston area can expect at least an additional 15 to 25 inches over the next few days.