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Harvey Exits Gulf Coast, Leaving Devastation, at Least 28 Dead

Now a Tropical Depression, Harvey Is on Its Way Out, Leaving Devastation The deadly storm named Harvey finally weakened to tropical depression status Wednesday evening and all coastal watches and warnings were canceled, but the scope of its devastation showed no signs of receding. By 8 p.m. ET, its maximum sustained winds had dropped to 35 mph, and gradual weakening was expected to continue as it crept through central Louisiana overnight into northeastern Louisiana and northwestern Mississippi by Thursday night, the National Weather Service said. Latest on the storm Now a tropical depression with maximum winds of about 35 mph, Harvey was about 30 miles north-northeast of Alexandria, Louisiana, at 11 p.m. ET Wednesday.At least 28 deaths have been attributed to the storm.The Arkema chemical plant in Crosby is without power and is likely to catch fire and explode, the company said. But with as much as 8 more inches of rain expected as the system moves farther inland, authorities say they dread finding out how many more remain under the several feet of water that is expected to continue submerging southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana for weeks. Other industrial facilities, notably some of the many oil refineries that dot the Gulf coast, may have released as much as 2 million pounds of potentially hazardous airborne pollutants in the Houston area, according to regulatory filings submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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