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Summary

  1. Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a category four storm
  2. Harvey - now a tropical storm - was the most powerful to hit the US in 13 years
  3. Town of Rockport, where hurricane made landfall, badly damaged
  4. Winds of up to 130mph (215 km/h) have battered coastal areas
  5. President Donald Trump has signed a disaster proclamation for the state
  6. A warning has been issued for record flooding in many regions

Live Reporting

By Roland Hughes, Mal Siret and Vicky Baker

All times stated are UK

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  1. End of our live coverage

    hurricane Harvey from space - 26 august 2017

    We're bringing a pause to our live coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

    Here is the latest:

    • Harvey is now a tropical storm, having hit Texas as a category four hurricane
    • It is now moving very slowly south-east of San Antonio - bad news, as it will drop more rain as it stalls over the coming days
    • The port city of Rockport appears to have been worst hit, with one person confirmed dead
    • Weather officials warn of "catastrophic" rainfall over the coming days - Houston's mayor says the city may get 3ft (90cm) of rain
    • At least 18 people were rescued from tugboats in distress near Port Aransas

    You can read our latest update here, and you can follow the BBC's James Cook in Texas for all the latest updates. Thank you for joining us.

  2. Five striking images

    A car is surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey in Point Comfort, Texas, August 26, 2017.
    Image caption: This car somehow found itself in the sea in Point Comfort, Texas
    Jessica Campbell hugs Jonathan Fitzgerald (L-R) after riding out Hurricane Harvey in an apartment on August 26, 2017 in Rockport, Texas
    Image caption: Jessica Campbell hugs Jonathan Fitzgerald after they survived the storm in Rockport
    Wind from Hurricane Harvey batters a Texas flag on August 26, 2017 in Houston, Texas
    Image caption: The Texas flag was left battered in Houston
    An oil tank damaged by Hurricane Harvey is seen near Seadrift, Texas, August 26, 2017
    Image caption: This oil tank near Seadrift was almost stripped of its exterior
    Terry Smith stands in the kitchen as Henry McKay sleeps in the apartment where the ceiling collapse when Hurricane Harvey hit on August 26, 2017 in Rockport, Texas.
    Image caption: The ceiling in Terry Smith and Henry McKay's house collapsed in Rockport
  3. Rockport hotel in ruins

    One of the buildings that suffered the most damage in Rockport appears to be the Fairfield Suites hotel, where some stormchasers and media had been staying.

    The end wall of the Fairfield Inn is seen partially missing after Hurricane Harvey struck in Rockport, Texas, August 26, 2017
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  4. Focus on search and rescue

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott says that emergency services are focusing on search and rescue operations as the storm threatens to deliver up to 3ft (0.9m) of rainfall.

    Mr Abbott said that several searches had taken place on Saturday and would continue in the coming days despite sustained winds and torrential rain.

    Rescue efforts are currently focused on supporting evacuees from the Corpus Christi area, Mr Abbott said, although this area is likely to expand.

    About 1,000 rescuers have so far been assigned to operations.

  5. Risk of chemical and oil spills

    The commander of the coastguard in southeast Texas, Tony Hahn, has warned that his teams will be watching for potential chemical and crude oil spills in the area in the coming days.

    He said that Corpus Christi is the third largest petrochemical port in the US and that there was a risk that spills could occur as a result of possible flooding, AP news agency reports.

  6. Live feed of Galveston coast

    It's calmed down a fair bit compared with a few hours ago, but it's still pretty unpleasant out at sea near Galveston, as this live feed shows.

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  7. Tornadoes aplenty

    We mentioned earlier that tornadoes have posed a big problem to Texans over the past day - well this shows just how much of a problem.

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  8. Up to 3ft of rain expected in Houston

    Houston is expected to receive up to 3ft (0.9m) of rain in the coming days, Mayor Sylvester Turner said on Saturday.

    "This is serious," Mr Turner said in a televised interview, adding: "It is important that people stay off the roads."

    Mr Turner said that the city was preparing for what he described as a "major water event."

    Earlier, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported rainfall of over nine inches in some areas of Houston within 24 hours.

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  9. Coastguard rescues tugboats

    We reported earlier that three tugboats had issued mayday alerts.

    The US Coast Guard has just confirmed that it has rescued 15 people who were in distress near Port Aransas.

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  10. Hospitals to be 'flexible' over healthcare

    US Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, 8 August 2017
    Image caption: Tom Price said that healthcare providers had to be "flexible" in helping those impacted by the storm

    A public health emergency has been declared in Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey.

    US Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said that "necessary measures" were being taken to "provide immediate assistance" to those affected by the storm.

    In a statement released on Saturday, Mr Price said that his office recognised the "gravity of the situation" and measures were being put in place that would allow "flexibility" to health service providers caring for those in need of medical attention.

    He said that some Medicare beneficiaries were likely to have been evacuated to neighbouring communities where hospitals were without records or personal information.

    Mr Price added that hospitals would be able to "waive certain documentation requirements" in order to provide care where needed.

  11. The biggest storms in US history

    Hurricane Katrina aftermath - 2005
    Image caption: Hurricane Katrina was a category three storm when it struck New Orleans in 2005

    Harvey, that made landfall as a category four hurricane but is now a tropical storm, was the most powerful hurricane to make landfall in the US for 13 years, since Charley hit Florida in August 2004.

    Across the Atlantic, Charley killed 15 people and destroyed more than $16bn of property (in 2004 currency).

    Harvey is only the fourth hurricane in 48 years that has been category four or higher on reaching land.

    But it is not yet clear whether the damage will be on the scale of category five Andrew, that struck Florida 25 years ago this week, or of Katrina (which was a category three when it devastated New Orleans).

  12. So where will the storm head next?

    This map shows the latest projections for its route through southern Texas over the next few days.

    Map showing route of tropical storm Harvey
  13. Man in a suit told not to surf

    An unknown man in a suit has been caught on film, apparently trying to surf on a Texan beach in the middle of the bad weather.

    After a lifeguard stepped in to stop him, he did not look happy and stormed off down the sand.

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    Video caption: Hurricane Harvey: Man in suit stopped from surfing
  14. 'People couldn't afford to leave'

    The BBC's James Cook in Rockport says many people could not afford to leave their homes.

    The city bore the brunt of Hurricane Harvey, but many now face not being able to afford to rebuild their homes.

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    Video caption: Hurricane Harvey: "People couldn't afford to leave"

    You can follow James on Twitter.

  15. BreakingOne dead in Rockport

    Rockport's mayor Charles J Wax says one person is known to have died in a house fire that started as Hurricane Harvey passed over the city.

    It is the first confirmed fatality in the storm.

  16. Tornado 'sucked air from home'

    Some of the damage caused to towns in Texas in the past day has been because of associated tornadoes, not just the hurricane winds.

    One man told CBS News what happened when one struck his home in Sienna Plantation.

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    Video caption: Hurricane Harvey: "The air just sucked out"
  17. Helping displaced dogs

    Lots of animals have reportedly been separated from their owners during the chaos.

    A shelter in Corpus Christi has said it will temporarily take in any it finds, until they can be reunited with their owners.

    The local police shared the details on Twitter.

    Meanwhile, another Twitter user, @AaronJayJack, has appealed for help to find the owner of a dog, which, he says, leapt into his car when he stopped for petrol near Runge.

    He's calling the dog Harvey, and he is currently en route from Victoria to Austin, hoping someone gets in touch.

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  18. Rockport airport in ruins

    There won't be much action at the airport in Rockport for some time by the looks of it - it suffered significant damage in the storm. Here are some images coming in:

    A badly damaged light plane in its hanger at Rockport Airport after heavy damage when Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport, Texas on August 26, 2017
    A destroyed building and vehicles at Rockport Airport after heavy damage when Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport, Texas on August 26, 2017.
    A badly damaged light plane in its hanger at Rockport Airport after heavy damage when Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport, Texas on August 26, 2017.
  19. Trump holds cabinet conference

    President Trump has held a teleconference with cabinet members to discuss the response to the storm.

    According to a White House statement, "President Trump emphasized his expectations that all departments and agencies stay fully engaged and positioned to support his number one priority of saving lives."

    He issued thanks to the "many volunteer and faith-based organizations that are dedicating their time and effort to helping their fellow Americans".

    The statement ended by saying the president, and Vice President Mike Pence, "extend their thoughts and prayers to those affected".