By: Kyle James | 08-26-2017 | News
Photo credit: Nick Wagner | Austin American-Statesman

Hurricane Harvey Upgraded To Category 4 After Touching Down In Texas Leveling a Rockport Highschool

Hurricane Harvey touched down in Texas at 7:00 p.m. PST with winds of 130 mph making it a category 4 storm. The storm is already affected residents of Texas with over 100,000 people without power. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas operates the electric grid in Texas and warned customers to stay away from downed power lines and report them.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="">#Harvey</a> is already impacting the ERCOT electric system; 104,000 customers without power. Stay away from downed power lines &amp; report them.</p>&mdash; ERCOT (@ERCOT_ISO) <a href="">August 26, 2017</a></blockquote>

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President Trump announced he has authorized the full support of the government by signing the Disaster Proclamation at the request of Texas officials.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">At the request of the Governor of Texas, I have signed the Disaster Proclamation, which unleashes the full force of government help!</p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="">August 26, 2017</a></blockquote>

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NASA has released images of the hurricane taken from the International Space Station revealing how large the storm actually is.

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Houston's school system has announced the closure of the public school systems through at least Tuesday. Major League Soccer team the Houston Dynamo has canceled this Friday's games. All public parks and zoos have been closed and the band Coldplay has canceled performances slated for this weekend in Texas. Houston is particularly vulnerable to flooding and heavy rains have caused billions in damage as well as cost human lives in the past. One woman took a video that shows how powerful the winds are as they uproot very even large trees.

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A Texas High School building in Rockport has collapsed under the power of strengthening winds. Reports indicate several people have been injured in the collapse and some people are even trapped inside the school.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="">#BREAKING</a>: We are getting reports that <a href="">#Rockport</a> High School has been leveled. Reports of several injured. <a href="">#Harvey</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Zach Covey (@ZachKFOX_CBS) <a href="">August 26, 2017</a></blockquote>

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One man wrote on Facebook, "Prayers for rockport TX. I just saw that the high school is gone," while a student reacted to the news of the high school's collapse on Twitter.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Heard that the Rockport high school is gone, ugh i have no words.</p>&mdash; Elena Rae ☁ (@ElenaRae_) <a href="">August 26, 2017</a></blockquote>

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A local newspaper shared these images in a Facebook post reportedly showing the damage to the high school.

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