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now as emergency crews try to assess the full extent of the damage, authorities warn the worst may be yet to come with more heavy rape -- rain sparking devastating floods. steve heir begin live in texas. hi, steve. >> reporter: day two of this rain which simply doesn't stop. rock port took the brunt of that category four hurricane, 130 miles per hour wind. the entire chunk of this building is just gone, so a lot of buildings you see look like dollhouses where you just took the top off. we're also seeing just piles, not even sure what kind of a home or business was there. and a real problem for first responders and for anyone trying to get around are these downed power lines. you can see this one dangling over here, a lot more snapped power lines over here, and if you cross the street as well, more snapped power lines. they really are obstacles to those first responder vehicles.
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and the wind and the rain is still so bad out, it's been really hard for the repair crews to get out here and fix them. we've been seeing people throughout the day try and come back, recover what they can, but most of these buildings really some heavy structural damage from that category four storm. as far as search and rescue operations go, the governor said 1,000 personnel are involved. we saw a but of them in action this morning at an apartment complex. very basic maneuvers, three firemen with axes going through apartments, kicking down doors, trying to see if anyone needed help inside or if there were any dead bodies inside. we also saw a lot of volunteers as well just with flashlights calling out to people. some people also going out to rescue their pets who they left behind in the storm. it's a slow motion, basic rescue operation. but as these roads get a little easier, that should speed up as i'm sure there's people still in need out here. no confirmed fatalities
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according to the governor. laura, back to you. laura: steve, thank you for bringing us those pictures. stay safe. mike? mike: as texas takes stock of the damage, let's put the sheer size of storm in perspective. harvey is the fiercest hurricane to hit the u.s. in 13 years and the strongest to hit texas since hurricane carla in 1961. in terms of reaching land, harvey is the first category four hurricane since charley in 2004. meanwhile, the coastal community of rockport, texas, is coping with extensive damage. joining me is the mayor of rockport and, mr. mayor, first of all, how are you and your people doing, sir? >> we are surviving, and we are beginning the process to respond to this tragedy and try to provide whatever support we can for our citizens. mike: what is the latest, sir, in terms of loss of power to
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your community? >> all of the utilities are disrupted. communications lines are down, landlines completely inoperative. the cellular service is extremely spotty. we do have some satellite phones which are also, at best, unreliable. we've had great response from both federal and state agencies as well as some commercial activities, heb, ap texas who are sending assets to help us begin to recover. we've got two teams out right now with heavy equipment to clear debris paths to permit lanes of traffic to exist that would be able to provide what limited support we can provide to our citizens right now. all of our equipment, of course, was damaged, some severely
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damaged by the storm. so our capability to respond is somewhat limited, but we're doing what we can to help our residents. we do have a refuge of last resort that, the last time i checked, had about two-and-a-half dozen people in it. and we're trying to use the capability that we do have remaining to the best advantage of our citizens. let me encourage citizens of this community, this entire community, if you took our advice and evacuated, stay where you are. do not try to return to the city. all of the utilities are disrupted. in many cases the roads are not safe, and there is no need for you to take an additional risk. stay where you are until we can prepare the community to receive you again. do not be part of the problem, be part of the solution.
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mike: a lot of wisdom there, mr. mayor. there's a lot of concern, obviously, going forward. this storm is not over yet. what are your biggest concerns going forward, sir? >> my biggest concern is people will begin to become place sent because our category four storm that hit us right on the front porch with serious damage to our community now is marked down to a tropical storm, significantly lower winds from our peak winds. we're now down into 50 and 60 knot. and if people begin to get complacent and start to try to come back to the city, they're going to be met by life-threatening flooding coming from the interior portions of the state where this storm has stalled and is dumping record amounts of rain which is now going to come back down through the rivers and creeks and back down toward the coast. and after the hurricane hits the
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front porch, life-threatening flooding will hit the back porch. mike: i'm sure, mr. mayor, you and other leaders in that part of the great state of texas have done a lot of preparation for a big hurricane coming through. thankfully, it's been a while since you've had a big one, but how does this storm shape up in terms of how you've prepped for one and what you actually got? >> we're executing the emergency management plan that we have had and had coordinated across all the governmental entities with the limited resources that we have that are unimpacted by the storm. but this is one of the worst storms -- well, i think you guys said to strike the u.s. mainland in 13 years. the city of rockport, texas, is a very well known art community. i would have rather it kept that reputation than rockport, texas, being the center of where
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hurricane harvey struck. mike: sure. sir, i hate to ask this question, but do you have any sense of loss of life? >> right now -- and there are a number of social media rumors flying about -- right now i have no confirmed fatalities in the city of rockport. and is i would encourage -- and i would encourage all citizens to go to governmental sources of information. when and if -- i hope it does not happen, but if it does -- that we have some concerned fatality, we will post them on the government web site that a fatality has occurred. but do not depend on social media. go to official government information sites. mike: well, mr. mayor, we thank you for your time. we wish you and your community the very best going forward and hope and pray for a speedy recovery and no loss of life. thanks for your time, sir. >> thank you.
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laura: and as the country watched a category four hurricane hit texas last night, president trump pardoned controversial former sheriff joe arpaio for a criminal contempt conviction, and yet another presidential aide left the white house. doug mckelway live from the white house with more. a lot going on there, what's the latest on the friday night pardoning of arpaio? >> reporter: well, you know, as we all know, all recent administrations have used the friday night document dump to lessen the impact of really important stories and throw in a category four hurricane, and it makes it all that much easier. sure enough, just as hurricane harvey was beginning to lash the shore of the texas coast, the president tweeted just last night, quote: i am pleased to inform you that i have just granted a full pardon to 85-year-old american patriot sheriff joe arpaio. he kept america -- excuse me, he kept arizona safe. writing in "the washington post" just this morning, dan balz said of the pardon, the president is
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a divider, not a uniter. quote: in pardoning arpaio, the president has again linked himself to the most extreme elements of the immigration debate. sheriff arpaio sees it entirely differently. he responded, quote: thank you@real donald trump for seeing my conviction for what it is, a political witch hunt for by holdovers in the obama justice department. a donation to my legal fund goes directly to paying off legal fees from this fight. and then there was more intrigue the resignation or the firing -- depending on who you talk to -- of sebastian gorka, a familiar face of fox news, he was a hackish hard-liner who was also seen as a very close ally to steve bannon. his departure another sign that the bannon era has now passed. in fact, in a breitbart peace just this morn -- piece this morning, an article that has steve bannon's fingerprints all
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over it, breitbart lays into an e-mail from special assistant to the president kelly sadler. it reads, quote: sadler's claim that she is a senior white house official is not true, she is not a senior white house official, she's a low-level press staffer and a commissioned officer as a special assistant to the president. and then it says in in addition, her claim that gore da did not resign -- gorka did not resign is untrue. bannon has said that he will continue to serve the president from the outside, but it appears from in that he is also exerting some influence over his own influence, i should say, over his loss of influence. so very intriguing delivery from steve bannon via breitbart news. laura, back to you. laura: what's the latest on the white house response to hurricane harvey. >> we're still watching this take place. >> reporter: you know, they're intentionally conscious of not repeating the mistakes of hurricane katrina, what the bush administration did there.
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in fact, senator chuck grassley tweeted last night: not to make those same mistakes. the president has heard that loud and clear responding via tweet, got your message loud and clear. we have fantastic people on the ground, got three long days before harvey -- rather, got there long before harvey. so far so good. and we heard just late today that the president is teleconferencing with his entire cabinet and urging them to stay individual atlanta, because the worst damage -- vigilant because the worst damage is likely still to come with these incredible rainfalls, unprecedented totals that could happen over next two to three days. laura: that's right. of doug mckelway at the white house, thank you so much. mike. mike: people in southeast texas desperate for water in the wake of tropical storm harvey, and now there are reports of price gouging. what state officials are doing about it. >> well, i've lived here decades, and i've never seen anything like this. i don't know if you can ever be prepared for a storming that
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30 inches yet, laura, but some of the forecast totals are certainly within that range. here's what it looks like right now. just hours ago we were dealing with a category four hurricane, the first one to make landfall in texas since 1961. and certainly, damage reports are now coming in. it's going to really take days for us to get a grasp on the scope of this system and the type of damage that we have heard but, you know, so far we are crossing our fingers, we're hearing that we haven't heard about any injuries or fatalities yet. here are some of the rainfall totals we do have, close to 15 inches in parts of the state as the storm made landfall, and we still are not out of the woods in terms of tornadoes. tornado threat overnight tonight until three a.m. local time, and it looks like we have a tornado warn storm north of beaumont, right here. so weak tornadoes with system with these land-falling tropical systems, we already have some rotation in place, and is we
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will continue to have that threat for tornadoes. i warn people though, you can't really see them, obviously, because we've got all that rainfall. rain-wrapped tornadoes will be a risk. listen to your noaa weather radios and your local forecast. there's a look at where we've seen the heaviest rainfall, so far east or west of houston around the corpus christi area, certainly reports of over a foot of rainfall. the potential rainfall totals are really staggering as we expect this storm to stall and remain in place, you know, not moving very quickly for the next couple of days. so, you know, 20, 30, 40 inches, isolated areas that could get upwards of close to three feet of rainfall. and the reason why is because we've got the lack of steering. typically with these land-falling systems we'll have a cold front or a trough that will scoop this north and eastward, but look, this is our cone of uncertainty. it's a circle. and because we don't have anything to steer this out of the way, right now this hair
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area of high pressure is going to keep this thing at bay, perhaps getting all of that tropical moisture. again, laura, we really don't have an idea where this is going to go. certainly, we're going to be tracking it through wednesday, and that's why we're seeing those epic rainfall totals, back to you. laura: janice dean, thank you so much for breaking it down. very good, thank you. >> reporter: you got it. mike: emergency officials tracking the damage in southeastern texas, but now there are worries of price gouging. the texas attorney general joins us live next. ♪ ♪ causing a lack of sharpness, or even trouble with recall. thankfully, the breakthrough in prevagen helps your brain and actually improves memory. the secret is an ingredient originally discovered... in jellyfish. in clinical trials, prevagen has been shown to improve short-term memory.
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$99. can you believe that? it's against the law in texas for retailers to hike prices of essential items during a disaster. texas attorney general ken paxton joins me now. so glad that you're here with us to talk about this. welcome to you, sir. >> thanks for having me on, i appreciate it. and thanks for bringing up this issue, it's very important to my constituents. laura: absolutely. there is so much good that we see come from communities when they are hit so hard, but this does seem to be an unfortunate result in some places when people see that opportunity to profit. so how exactly do you stop it? >> well, so we have on our web site a call-in number, also you can report it. we've had over 200 complaints, and so we're fortunate with technology, people can send in pictures, they can e-mail us. so we're out looking at the ones we've gotten, and that's how with we know about the $42 case of water and the $99 case of
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water. and we appreciate people letting us know, because that's the way we get our job done. laura: what are the penalties for people doing this? >> they're fairly stiff. it's a $20,000 fine per occurrence, and if you do this to somebody over 65, it's $25,000, up to. i don't think people are aware of the penalties. if you do this, there could be fairly stiff penaltyings. laura: you mentioned that web site, what are you hearing about how people are gouging hurricane victims at this point? you know, the story ises about the water, we've been hearing stories about gas prices, but what are some other scenarios that you're hearing? >> you know, in the past one of the big problems we've had is hotels jacking up prices significantly, because gouging is typically for us anything more than 10% of the normal market rate over the last three months. anything that's beyond that, we're going to look at it if people report it to us. laura: you mentioned, and we've been talking about the power outages and the phone lines down, and then you talked about
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how people should go online and report this stuff and upload photos. a lot of people aren't going to be able to do that immediately. they maybe will be in the coming days. how are you able to get the word out to them? do you have teams on the ground? do you have people going up and down the streets looking to see if this is happening? >> well, people -- although there's some that don't have communications, we are getting a lot of phone calls. i've got an entire staff over at my office taking phone calls. they're working right now. while the system's not perfect given the lack of communication in some places, so far it's working pretty well, and we're not going to quit working. we're assuming we'll get more communication from people that have seen or have had problems with gouging. laura: and so at this point how can the good people of texas protect themselves? everybody that is in this path of destruction and is now going to be dealing with the flooding and all that that's going to bring, how do people protect themselves when they come across something they really need? >> you know, it's, i think part
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of the solution is i think a lot of these retailers are trying to do the right thing, and as their supply chain gets picked back up over the next couple of days, they'll be providing some of the resources. we also have teams on the ground in some of the top 25 affected counties. there are rescue squads that are bringing in supplies. so as we have had more time, we've been able to supply more of the areas with some of those necessary supplies. and i think as time goes on, you'll see more of that done. laura: do you have a direct message, perhaps, for those hiking prices right now? and if they're watching or listening to us on satellite radio and thinking about making a buck, do you have something you would like to say to them? >> i guess what i'd like to say is, you know, when people are suffering, this is not the right time to take advantage of people. the time to do that is in normal time. if you want to make a profit, that's fine, but don't be unreasonable when people are in need of some necessary things. and if you do do it, it's very likely we're going to find out about it, and we're going to
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pursue you whether it's now or in a week or a month. lauer what are the penalties again? they're very, very steep. >> it's $20,000, up to $20,000 per occurrence, and if you do this to somebody that's over 65, you could be penalized up to $250,000 per occurrence. so, obviously, those are dramatic penalties, and i would assume people making a profit, this is going to take the profit out of what they're doing. laura: sure. absolutely. all right, ken paxton, thank you so much for being with us. we wish you all the best in your state -- >> and thank you for covering this important issue. it matters to the people of the state. laura: absolutely. and, please, keep us informed how this goes on, okay? >> we'll do it. thank you. laura: ken paxton, thank you. and tomorrow on "fox news sunday," chris wallace will be speaking to texas governor greg abbott about hurricane harvey and will also sit down with reck share to have -- secretary of state rex tillerson at 2 and 10
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p.m. eastern on fox news channel. mike. mike: another staff shake-up at the white house as presidential adviser sebastian gorka leaves the administration. does it signal even bigger changes at the white house? up next, details on his departure. ♪ ♪ real cheese people know good things come in threes.
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there, but he did not resign. in a letter to the federalist, sebastian gorka wrote: given recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the make america again promise are, for now, with the white house. as a result, the most effective way i can support you, mr. president, is from outside the people's house. joining me is dennis kucinich, former congressman from ohio and a fox news contributor, and tammy bruce, radio talk show he's and also a fox news contributor. welcome to you both. >> hi. >> good to see you. lauer aside from watching hurricane harvey approach texas, it was a massive news night at the white house. what was your first thought, tammy? >> not entirely surprising. when steve bannon left, mr. gorka, of course, was aligned with mr. bannon, and so that's not entirely surprising with the direction that the new chief of staff, john kelly, is going. at the same time, as i said to my listeners, i've been hearing from them a lot, my readers, my
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subscribers, is they were concerned because of the nature of mr. gorka's statement afterwards. but the fact of the matter is this, things have changed in that while it must be appealing to be in the white house, that is not necessarily the sole center of power. these are individuals like mr. bannon and mr. gorka really beginning to get the army in the field set up and going. so for everybody who is concerned about the trump agenda, the fact of the matter is it's incredibly important to not just have people inside who can be really kind of quashed, but to have them outside to. and i think this is a loss also for the establishment. if anything, they should have tried to, in a way, co-opted mr. bannon and mr. gorka which they couldn't do. so now i also say to the left, be careful what you wish for, you just may get it. laura: congressman, i want to ask you what your first reaction was and about this back and forth. mr. gorka says he resigned, the white house says he didn't. what are you hearing? >> well, dr. gorka and steve
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bannon both were strong advocates of a policy which involved not escalating the u.s. presence in afghanistan. and so i think that when a decision was made with the people from the pentagon and the cia in concert with general kelly, it was clear that mr. bannon and dr. gorka were going to leave. because they opposed that. i don't think that you can say, well, they just went outside to be more helpful for the president. anybody who's inside the white house has real influence when they're inside, much more than when they're outside. laura: right. and, tammy, what do you think this is going to do for the trump administration moving forward? mr. gorka was a very vocal member of trump's team and was often out front and center promoting the president's agenda and often defending it. so moving forward as we're going the start a new week, what do you think? >> i don't think that's going to change at all.
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i think he's going to be very direct when he doesn't support, as will mr. bannon, what they see happening that doesn't fit with the agenda that the american people voted for. in fact, also president trump, let's remember, of course, he's no one's patsy. he is still in charge of the nature of the direction of what's happening in that white house. this is how he wants to proceed, then this is going to be fine with me. but i also think at the same time with all due respect to mr. kucinich that, in fact, there is -- this is a different age. while it is a different kind of power outside, it's certainly not like what you have inside, you're at least going to be able to work on your own framework of how you proceed in arguing to the american people, having a voice outside to influence the base that then can, of course, influence the way legislation is moved and support the president in a much more aggressive, vocal way. so we'll see how this pans out, but i do think that nothing -- it's not like the phones are gone or they've been sent to mars. laura: right. [laughter] >> i think mr. bannon and mr. gorka are still going to be
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able to speak with the president if not directly, then through the media. i don't think their influence changes and maybe, in fact, increases. lauer mr. kucinich, when you look at this latest shift, and there's been so much shifting underneath our feet watching alf this, so much movement, as people are looking for stability especially with what's going on in texas and the world, what's your take on this latest shift? >> well, certainly the american people want stability, but stability for what purpose? we have to really look closely at the movement and the timing of mr. bannon and dr. gorka's departure. it was right at the moment there was a shift in the policy of afghanistan. president trump campaigned against deepening war in afghanistan. everybody remembers that. and so now what does that mean, that he's taken this new tact? it means that the pentagon and the cia -- neither of whom
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supported mr. trump's policies -- are now all of a sudden on the ascendant. and what's happened is that if you look at breitbart news right after bannon left, they attacked president trump's position on afghanistan. so don't take your eye off the ball here. this is about afghanistan and foreign policy and a question as to whether or not the president is now in the grip of forces in the pentagon and the cia a. this is not a small matter. >> i would argue that i don't think any of us would think that mr. trump is in the grip of anyone other than himself. at the same time, look, you've got individuals who still can have influence, but the people voted for mr. trump. and if he -- he made it clear in his speech in announcing the afghanistan change, that he was convinced based on the reports and the nature of what he sees sitting in the oval office. and that is important. it's one thing to be campaigning, it's another thing to sit in that office, and i appreciate that he explained it
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to the american people in a way that makes it clear why he made that decision. that's what we can expect from the president, is transparency in the nature of how and why he makes these choices. but there are some things that we absolutely expect, basic things like the wall, jobs, the economy, and already we have a foreign policy that places america in a much stronger, better position so that we're not everybody's door mat. lawyer lauer and on those moments -- laura: and on those moments we will continue to go to both of you in the future. i want to thank you both for being here to give us your perspective. thank you to you both. >> thank you. laura: mike. mike: the rogue regime in north korea firing off three short-range missile. the u.s. military says that all three tests were successful. fox easelson barber has more. >> reporter: less than 24 hours after saying north korea launched three missiles but two failed in flight, u.s. military officials say that report is wrong. the u.s. pacific command says
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the first and third missiles actually flew about 155 miles in a northeastern direction. initially, u.s. officials said north korea launched three short-range ballistic missiles. in hawaii time it was the afternoon of august 25th. pacific command said one missile blew up almost immediately, and the other two failed in flight. the latter description resulting in today's update. the latest u.s. assessment appears to now match south korea's assessment. the launches are the first since the united nations security council unanimously voted on august 5th to impose new sanctions on the regime. secretary of state rex tillerson pointed that out when he spoke about north korea on tuesday. >> we hope that this is the beginning of this signal that we've been looking for that they are ready to restrain their level of tensions, they're ready to restrain their provocative acts and that perhaps we are seeing our pathway to sometime in the near future having some
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dialogue. >> reporter: so far this year north korea's launched 21 missiles, that's how many they launched in all of 2016. u.s. military officials say the short-range missiles most recently launched did not pose a threat to north america or guam. mike: ellison barber, thanks very much. laura? ♪ ♪ laura: another big story right now, president trump stepping up the pressure on venezuela, imposing new sanctions aimed at tightening the government's access to the u.s. economy and putting restrictions on the state oil company that helps to keep socialist president nicolas maduro in power. treasury secretary steve mnuchin says the measures will help bring more freedom to the people of venezuela. the country has been reeling from months of anti-government protests as well as a recent power grabby maduro. mike: as harvey weakens to a
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tropical storm after slamming into south texas, meteorologists warn the storm's most destructive effects are yet to come with days of rain bringing catastrophic flooding. a geo-scientist joins us to discuss this next. ♪ ♪ travel with my daughter. roller derby. ♪ now give up half of 'em. do i have to? this is a tough financial choice we could face when we retire. but, if we start saving even just 1% more of our annual income... we could keep doing all the things we love. prudential. bring your challenges. [radi♪ alarm] julie is living with metastatic breast cancer,
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♪ ♪ laura: authorities investigating what appear to be attempted terror attacks in brussels and london. in brussels a soldier shot and killed a man who charged at him and two other soldiers last night with a knife, shouting god is great in arabic. they are investigating it as a terrorist attack. none of the soldiers were seriously hurt. and in london, british police investigating a man who drove his car toward a police vehicle and displayed a four-foot sword near buckingham palace. police say he was also shouting god is great in arabic. several officers were hurt but
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are expected to be okay. mike: hurricane harvey downgraded to a tropical storm after slamming south texas, but there is more danger ahead as residents brace for up to 30 more inches of rain which could bring catastrophic flooding across southeast texas. steven letterman is a professor, and he was the first director of the international hurricane research center in florida. professor, what about the danger ahead for texas? >> well, a lot of people don't think tropical storms are a problem. we go back to tropical storm alicia in 2001, and 27 people drowned, and there was $5 billion in damage. the problem with major cities like houston is, you have so much pavement and asphalt, the water cannot infiltrate the ground, so it just stacks up. the area's very gnat, very lowell -- very flat, very low elevation, and loot of people don't -- and a lot of people don't realize the topography
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where they live. mike: an area that may be getting more rain in four or five days than it gets over the course of a year, so it's not like the ground is used to all this rainfall be, right? >> absolutely. so the other thing is that people don't -- the storm is not really moving, and that's really the problem. people think, oh, a tropical storm is, nothing -- no problem. but again, when it's moving this slowly and actually stalled, that's when the rain just keeps coming day after day, and that's what brings these huge total, up to 30, 35 inches or so. mike: adding insult to injury, you had the high winds, the heavy rain, so maybe they got through the first blast of it, but now there are concerns about tornadoes coming out of the storm. what about that threat? >> well, tornadoes are associated with hurricanes. usually they're smaller, but still a cat one with tornado can do a lot of damage. we're not going to see the huge twisters like we see, you know, in oklahoma during the height of the season. still there can be some damage
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and, of course, there's still a lot of people without power because of those high winds we had last night when it was a full-blown, mayor hurricane. mike: and after living in texas for a number of years, i'm well aware they have a lot of streams and creeks, and what happens to those streams and creeks after they get soaked with record rainfall? >> oh, yeah. bayous, like buffalo bayou and all the others. i lives in houston and texas myself, and those overflow their banks and areas people didn't expect flooding, so people might have to wore toly about the water coming in their apartments. i saw that when i lived in houston. the other thing is it also floods out the rattlesnakes, and there are quite a few rattlesnakes in the area. so people have to kind of be a little careful about that, because snakes aren't going to be very happy. mike: professor, is houston your biggest concern at the point considering it's one of nation's largest cities and getting soaked? >> i guess so, because it's such a huge population area. again, so much asphalt and
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concrete buildings that it just can't run off and just has to stake up. and there are a lot of low dips in the road. a lot of people don't really think about it, but those areas will flood, and people try to get through it, either the car will stall how out or small -- still out or small creeks can turn into raging rivers. do not try to go through flooded areas. mike: we're looking at an event that's about 24 hours old. what's your advice to people who are lucky enough to have power at point in terms of your concerns in the hours and days ahead? >> well, of course, where the power is down, one of the real problems is all the electrical lines can be many standing water, so don't be walking around, you know, in some areas. for now, particularly if the power's out, i wouldn't be walking around if the power lines are down. i think people ought to be a little careful at this point in time who live there. and, again, this storm's going to hang around for a while. i don't think it's going to go back up to a hurricane, but this rain's going to continue, and so
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i think it's best to sort of city inside. most people down there know about hurricanes, they've seen quite a few in the past. stay put for a while and let's see what happens. mike: good advice, professor. thank you very much for your time, sir. >> my pleasure. laura: when hurricane harvey made landfall on the texas coast last night, many residents shared what they were witnessing on social media, as you can imagine. a hive report on that just a-- a live report on that just ahead. >> as we know, not even had a mandatory evacuation, but if you did evacuate, i would not be in hurry to get back because not only the storm may pass, but the rain's going to stay for a long time, and flooding might be the case. ♪ ♪ it's being in motion. in body, in spirit, in the now. boost® high protein
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mike: people in barcelona coming together to remember the victims of terror attacks in spain last week that killed more than a dozen people and injured more than 100. people flooded barcelona with signs and flags to show their support for the victims and their families. some of the signs translating to "i am not afraid." meanwhile, thousands of people attended another memorial in the seaside town of cambrils yesterday where terrorists drove another car into a crowd killing one person, isis taking responsibility for both attacks. laura: well, you can only imagine people in harvey's path taking to social media, sharing stories of flooding, rainfall and damage with the severity fending on how close they were to the -- depending on how close they were to the gulf coast. bryan llenas live with more on this one. what have you seen so farsome. >> reporter: hi, laura. this is the strongest hurricane to hit the u.s. since 2005 which also makes it the strongest hurricane to hit the u.s. during
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the social media era. social media was just beginning in '05, instagram and twitter were not even invented yet. we've been monitoring social media all day, and is we are starting to see more and more photos of flooding. and this is instagram video, actually, from texas city. video taken by amilya outside of her home. it's starting to creep up on the cars and the tops of mailboxes there. also in port lavaca, texas, this is video taken this morning from a a marina there. people's boats, unfortunately, have been thrown onto land either not tied down well enough or just, frankly, unlucky there. and when harvey hit in west earned, galveston -- west end galveston, this was the view outside someone's apartment. gives you an idea of the winds there, just wishing by. and then out in corpus christi, this video comes from twitter, his view from the apartment
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complex as hurricane harvey was making landfall. and the pier out this also suffered some damage. and during the storm, you know, people like to hunker down. this is a sweet photo from elizabeth huff in houston, texas. her husband and little girl watching the rain together, safe inside. major flooding expected there as well. we also have some looting to report. the suspect? a canine. that's right, this is otis walking around a texas neighborhood carrying an entire bag of dog food with him. otis is not dumb, look at him. tell you to stock up for the storm, that's exactly what he was doing. by the way, the owner was found, otis is not a stray, he just got out on his street. make sure to stay indoors, guys. don't risk anything out there, take a facebook video or social media video. stay safe. laura. laura: all right. we love otis, glad he's okay too. bryan, thank you so much. >> reporter: of course. mike: texas still under siege
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even as the winds die down. tropical storm harvey is still unleashing torrential rain. we're live from the gulf coast of texas next. ♪ ♪ [woman 1] huh. can't find my debit card.
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[woman 2] oh no... [woman 1] oh, it's fine. [woman 2] yeah, totally. it's fine. but like...is it fine though? because, i would
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maybe be worried...really, really, really worried. uh...do you want me to go back and look for it? i will. i mean a lot of bad things could happen. you need to call the bank. i don't know how else to tell you, you need to shut that card off-- [woman 1] it's off. [woman 2] what? [woman 1] i can turn it on and off in my wells fargo app. [woman 2] huh! i feel better already. [woman 1] good. mike: a fox news alert, hurricane harvey downgraded to a tropical storm is, but it's still slamming southeast texas with heavy rain. the massive storm now hovering over the state is, dumping downpours and raising flood concerns for major cities like austin and san antonio. and houston could get 2-3 feet of rain in the next few days. hello and welcome inside another hour of "america's news headquarters," i'm mike emanuel. laura: and i'm laura ingle. harvey making landfall last night as a category four hurricane, the most powerful hurricane to hit the u.s. in a
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decade. toppling homes, trees and power lines, leaving hundreds of thousands in the dark. and texas is not out of the woods yet as more rain is expected to fall in the coming days. we have fox team coverage. katie steigel is in -- casey steegal is in galveston, but we begin with steve harrigan in rockport which took a direct hit from harvey. >> reporter: that category four hurricane means where it's hit, there's going to be structural damage to buildings, roofs down, sides of buildings ripped off, and that's what we're seeing all along rockport which pelt the 130 mile-an-hour winds head on. just piles of things that used to be houses, buildings shattered, the tops ripped off, and all along the roads downed power lines making recovery extremely difficult. the mayor of rockport has said to people who followed the mandatory evacuation orders, stay out, don't come back yet. that's because we have nothing here, no communications, no utilities, no gas

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