Red Cross Says Hurricane Harvey Could Rival Sandy or Katrina

Harvey made landfall as a category 4 hurricane.

DALLAS, Texas - The American Red Cross of North Texas requested the public’s help on Saturday in the form of monetary donations for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The Red Cross said, “Overnight Hurricane Harvey made a destructive landfall near Rockport, Texas with winds at 131 mph as a Category 4 Hurricane.”

“This is an extremely dangerous event unfolding that could rival Superstorm Sandy and possibly even Hurricane Katrina,” the Red Cross also said.  In 2005, Katrina cost more than $100 Billion of property damage.

More than 1,400 people stayed in 24 Red Cross and community shelters Friday night.

On Saturday, more than 220,000 people were without power, more than 12 million people were under a flash flood watch, and more than 6 million people were under a tornado watch.

“Hurricane Katrina was a Level 7 disaster (Level 7 is the highest level),” the Red Cross said.  “Harvey is currently a Level 6 disaster operation but could easily become a Level 7 disaster with estimated costs to reach potentially between $10 million and $20 million.”

More than 400 Red Cross workers from across the country were on the ground Saturday.  The Red Cross was recruiting thousands more to volunteer for the days to come along the Texas coast.

As of Saturday afternoon, one person was dead and up to 14 people were injured from the storm.

CLICK HERE to provide financial assistance for storm victims via the Red Cross. 


 


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