One Fatality Reported, Fort Worth responds to Hurricane Harvey

By Haley Harrison

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.

Photo Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center

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.

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.

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.