In a four-day period,
many areas received more than 40 inches (1,000 mm) of rain
as the system meandered over eastern Texas
and adjacent waters,
causing catastrophic flooding.
With peak accumulations of 51.88 in (1,318 mm),
Harvey is the wettest tropical hurricane on record
in the contiguous United States.
The resulting floods
inundated hundreds of thousands of homes,
displaced more than 30,000 people,
and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.
As of September 11, 2017,
Harvey is the costliest natural disaster
in U.S. history.
Harvey caused at least 71 confirmed deaths;
1 in Guyana,
and 70 in the United States.
FEMA director Brock Long
called Harvey the worst disaster in Texas history,
and expected the recovery to take many years.
Economic losses are preliminarily estimated
at between $70 to $200 billion,
with a large portion of the losses
sustained by uninsured homeowners.
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