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NOAA Paducah, weather.gov

Friday Mid-Morning Update:

Remnants of Harvey continue eastward on Friday. Moderate to heavy rains should end by Friday evening. No severe weather is expected, however a flash flood watch and a lake wind advisory remain in effect until 7. Winds around 20 miles per hour, with gusts up to 40 remain a concern. Avoid flooded areas.

In southeastern Texas, about two dozen hospitals remained closed as of midafternoon Wednesday, and several Houston hospitals remain under threat of flooding from nearby reservoirs.

But things are looking up. Some hospitals that had been evacuated have reopened, and others are restoring services they had temporarily suspended. Many never closed at all.

This week was supposed to be the start of a brand-new school year for the 200,000, or so, students in the Houston Independent School District.

Instead, kids, teachers and staff are dealing with the fallout from Harvey's record-breaking rainfall and devastating floods.

Richard Carranza, Houston schools superintendent, is trying to figure out when school can start — and where, in cases where high waters flooded out schools and homes. Even as he recognizes this school year will be very different, he says the focus will be on teaching kids, wherever Harvey has scattered them.

The rain has let up in Houston, but getting in and out of the city is still a difficult task. Houston's two main airports reopened Wednesday with limited service. But many roads are flooded, and some bridges have been damaged.

Since Saturday, when both the airports shut down, thousands of flights in and out the city have been canceled. Up to now, at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the runways were open only for limited operations and humanitarian flights.

City of Paducah

The City of Paducah is asking residents to send storm water data as remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey come through the area this week. 

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Officials say the bald eagle population in Kentucky is continuing to grow and spread.

As floodwaters continue to rise in parts of Houston, health workers are trying to keep people safe and well, though that challenge is escalating.

"The first and foremost thing that everybody's concerned about is just getting folks out of harm's way with the flooded waters," says Dr. Umair Shah, Executive Director of Harris County Public Health, whose own home came under mandatory evacuation Tuesday morning.

Kentucky Division of Forestry, via Facebook

Two 20-person Kentucky interagency fire crews are heading to hurricane stricken areas of Texas to help in recovery efforts. 

National Weather Service, Paducah

Houston and much of the Gulf Coast is still weathering the heavy rain and flooding wrought by Tropical Storm Harvey. The National Weather Service in Paducah forecasts the dregs of the storm will move into west Kentucky this week.

Updated 10:50 p.m. ET

The medical examiner of Harris County, Texas, has confirmed five deaths directly stemming from Tropical Storm Harvey. A spokesperson for the office says another eight deaths that may be linked to the storm are awaiting autopsy.

The ME names four of the victims, including police Sgt. Steve Perez, whose death was announced Tuesday.

  • Alexander Kwoksum Sung, male, 64, place of death South Houston, caused by drowning/accident

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