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There are reports that the Rockport, Texas High School building has collapsed from the power of Hurricane Harvey.
The reports are very preliminary. Some reports said that people were inside, but that was not yet confirmed. People expressed shock on social media. “Prayers for rockport TX. I just saw that the high school is gone,” one man wrote on Facebook.
“It’s been reported that Rockport High School has collapsed due to Hurricane Harvey strong winds. Reports are saying that people were inside the building,” reported the Alice Echo Journal on Facebook.
Photos of the damage circulated on social media.
“It’s everything that you’re probably seeing. We’re right in the middle and have been since 7 p.m. Intense winds, strong rain. It’s gotten worse over the last hour,” Rockport Mayor Patrick Rios told Fox News, adding that Rockport is expected to see this magnitude of rain and wind for 24 hours.
The weather was bad in Rockport by just before 5 p.m.
The hurricane made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane.
The dangerous winds were captured by citizen videos.
Some people streamed video live online from Rockport.
The Rockport/Fulton area of Texas calls itself the “charm of the Texas coast.”
“Charm of the Texas Coast! Located along the Texas Tropical Trail, and a significant stop along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, these twin communities are nestled among the wind-swept oaks of the Live Oak Peninsula,” its tourism website says. It’s 2016 population was just over 10,000 people.
The National Weather Service reported on August 25, “Hurricane Harvey officially made landfall just northeast of Corpus Christi on Friday night as a Category 4. Dangerous storm surge and extreme winds are impacting the Texas coast. Harvey will bring multiple days of heavy rainfall to a large part of Texas, increasing the likelihood of devastating inland flooding. Check your local forecast for updates and abide by instructions from local authorities.”
You can updated information about Hurricane Harvey from the National Weather Service here.
See an updated weather forecast for Rockport, Texas here.
The National Weather Service local statement for Rockport read, “HARVEY NOW AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE.”