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Dallas plans to house hurricane refugees at convention center

Dallas plans to house hurricane refugees at convention center”

The confirmed death toll from the hurricane is three, but that is likely to rise.

Sandy says the shelter is now out of cots and waiting for more to arrive.

"We are not turning anyone away". Those in wheelchairs entered first, followed by the first of what officials said could be up to 2,000 people by sunrise Wednesday at the conference hall adjacent to the decommissioned Astrodome and the city's National Football League stadium.

Ariel Wadler, 21, marveled that everything she owned she carried in her purse: mostly dry clothes, shampoo, and conditioner.

Weather forecasters expect Harvey to come ashore somewhere near Louisiana's southwestern corner, following its trip through Texas and return to the Gulf. The city's statement also notes that during Harvey relief efforts, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is not conducting immigration enforcement operations in the area.

But Feltgen cautioned: "We're not done with this". Of course, you will remember many people who evacuated from New Orleans ended up resettling in Houston. Friday's forecast called for mostly sunny skies with a high near 94. That's almost twice the number than had been expected. The George Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston now has about 2,500 people, up from 1,000 last night, as people continue to arrive at the center. The crowds included many from outside Houston.

If things get worse, the Convention Center will become a mega-shelter with space up to 5,000 people.

"Transportation, travel and housing are expected to see significant challenges for an extended period of time", the Red Cross said.

One of the worries, said Schlegelmilch, is that numerous severely flooded neighborhoods weren't in evacuation areas. Dallas officials said the state of Texas will pay for the cost associated with accepting the evacuees.

In an apparent response to scattered reports of looting, the mayor also imposed a curfew.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Tuesday his agency has rescued about 4,100 people.

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Beyonce said she's praying "for the rescuers who have been so courageous and determined".

Earlier Tuesday, the body of 61-year-old Houston Police Sgt. Steve Perez was found in his auto.

The Dallas area is prepared to accommodate about 6,000 evacuees, Mayor Rawlings said.

Engineers began releasing water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs Monday to ease the strain on the dams.

Officials fear that the number of fatalities will climb sharply in coming days as neighbors, emergency workers and family members search for the missing - and discover the bodies of people trapped in waterlogged homes or encased in underwater graves inside cars.

Brazoria County authorities posted a message on Twitter warning that the levee at Columbia Lakes south of Houston had been breached and telling people to "GET OUT NOW!" "They are no longer in the yard".

Water in the Houston Ship Channel, one of the nation's busiest waterways, which serves the Port of Houston and Houston's petrochemical complex, is at levels never seen before, Linder said. "The sun's about to come out", she said. In 1994, a pipeline ruptured on the river near Interstate 10 and caught fire. That breaks records, and it has caused massive flooding. A weather station southeast of Houston reported 49.32 inches (1.25 meters) of rain.

It could creep as far east as MS by Thursday, meaning New Orleans, where Hurricane Katrina unleashed its full wrath in 2005, is in Harvey's path. Foreboding images of Harvey were lighting up weather radar screens early Tuesday, the 12th anniversary of the day Katrina made landfall in Plaquemines Parish.

Once evacuees arrive and go through a security screening, they check in.

Harvey kept drenching Houston and the surrounding area.



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