Harvey: The latest at a glance

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Weather: Harvey is still a tropical storm, packing winds of up to 40 mph as it makes a slow but steady path through southeast Texas. Flooding remains the biggest problem and could worsen as additional rainfall of 15 to 25 inches is expected through Friday over the upper Texas Coast and southwestern Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center says. Isolated storm totals may reach 50 inches over the upper Texas coast, including the Houston/ Galveston metropolitan area. where about 2 feet of rain has already fallen.

Situation on the Ground:  Officials released more water from Houston-area reservoirs overwhelmed by Harvey early Monday in a move aimed at protecting the city’s downtown from devastating floods but that could still endanger thousands of homes as the nation’s fourth-largest city braces for more rain. Officials in Houston’s southwestern suburbs have issued widespread mandatory evacuation orders along the Brazos River levee districts. Rescue teams from around the country — both official and volunteer — have converged on the area to rescue people trapped by widespread flooding. The Coast Guard has sent a large part of its helicopter fleet to the area and has assisted in dozens of roof top rescues. Residents have been evacuated from a nursing home in Dickinson have been safely evacuated after a photo showing them sitting in about 2-feet of water went viral. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has activated 3,000 federal and state guard members and says 18 counties are now under the disaster declaration Sunday.Some 7 million people live in the storm zone in Texas.

Casualties: At least five people are reported dead. There are no official figures yet on the injured.

Federal Response: Facing the first major natural disaster of his presidency, President Trump spent the weekend monitoring the storm from Camp David, In a series of tweets Sunday, Trump said his administration was handling its responsibilities well. The White House said he would travel to Texas on Tuesday.

How You Can Help: There are number of ways you can assist relief efforts in hurricane ravaged Texas. They include:

American Red Cross

Donations can be made by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. If paying by check, write the words Hurricane Harvey in the memo line.

The Salvation Army

Donations can be made at helpsalvationarmy.org.

Save the Children

Donations can be made at http://secure.savethechildren.org.

Heart to Heart International

Donations can be made at http://hearttoheart.org.

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