And then there was the rain. Around 150 miles away from Rockport, Houston recorded higher rainfall than it had ever seen before for two days straight. Harvey brought with it up to five feet of rain in places, making the storm the wettest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the U.S.
With Harvey’s rainfall came devastating floods. In one suburb towards the south of Houston, ten inches of rain fell in an hour and a half. A six-foot storm surge was recorded at a nearby port, meaning that the rain falling on land had no means of escaping into the ocean.