While the wind was weakening, the rain proved to be relentless. "We're really looking at a multiday rainfall disaster unfolding".
The storm posed the first major emergency management test of Trump's administration. It still maintained hurricane-force winds of 80 miles per hour until it was officially downgraded to a tropical storm, with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.
Bands of rain continue to pound the Houston area Saturday as the outer rings of Harvey moved inland from the coast.
There are no analogs for this storm in Texas, or possibly even the entire U.S. Meteorologists Jeff Masters and Bob Henson of Weather Underground wrote on Friday that this storm has few, if any, precedent in hurricane history.
A more widespread area could get 15-30 inches from the storm, the hurricane center said.
Charles J Wax, mayor of the town of Rockport, confirmed the death on Saturday during a briefing with reporters in which he said Rockport saw extensive damage, and crews are still conducting search and rescue operations.
The roof of a housing centre for elderly people there collapsed, trapping people, 10 of whom were later taken to a county jail for treatment, according to local TV station KIII.
Organizations such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army are trained to respond to disasters such as Harvey, which is pounding the Texas Gulf Coast.
Hurricane Harvey has settled over southeast Texas. Another Rockport resident, Pamela Montes, said she knew many people who stayed behind because "no one felt like it was going to hit".
The city urged "extreme caution" to those venturing outside because there were "many active power lines down or compromised citywide".
In the aftermath of the storm's impact on the coast, photos and videos of the storm's destruction of towns and residents' property have begun to surface.
NPR's Russell Lewis spent a rough night in Corpus Christi at a hotel overlooking the Corpus Christi Bay. "They left before us and chose to stay", she said. Twenty percent of homes in Nueces County, where the coastal city of Corpus Christie is located, are covered.
Wind gusts in Corpus Christi only reached 65 miles per hour, weather officials reported. Police received calls of roofs ripped off homes and walls falling on people, officials told CNN, and at least one family was trapped by water. "No evacuation orders have been issued for the city". Houston, the fourth most populous city in the country, is included in the high-end of those rainfall projections.
In a tweet Saturday morning addressed to FEMA head Brock Long, Trump said: "You are doing a great job - the world is watching!" Based upon satellite and radar positioning of the band and its expected movement, another four to eight inches of rain is easily attainable generally from Beaumont westward although, as of 2:30 p.m. CDT, the band is east of the immediate Houston metropolitan area.sparing us for the moment.
Harvey is expected to slow down and "meander" over southeastern Texas through the middle of next week, forecasters said.
On Saturday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt waived "certain fuel requirements" to address shortages caused by Harvey. It may seem counterintuitive, but this observation takes into account that the mere threat of a hurricane typically tightens gasoline supply and can cause precautionary refinery shutdowns, which ultimately halt supply production for a short time period.
"The storm surge, coupled with the deluge of rain, could easily lead to billions of dollars of property damage and nearly certainly loss of life", Texas Governor Greg Abbott wrote to Trump in request of a disaster proclamation.