Over the weekend, Texas was hit by the powerful Hurricane Harvey, which was described as "the most devastating flood event in Houston’s recorded history."
Brock Long, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency warned that Harvey had the "highest potential to kill the most amount of people and cause the most amount of damage," and that it would leave areas "uninhabitable for weeks or months."
Unfortunately, he was not exaggerating. The hurricane made landfall as a Category 4 on Friday and brought along 130 m.p.h winds according to the National Weather Service.
Harvey has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, but it was not before causing devastating floods that have so far claimed the lives of 6 people. About 300,000 residents remain without power and the situation is expected to worsen over the next few days.
Media outlets including the New York Times have been sharing updates of the catastrophic situation through photographs so those outside of Texas can grasp the severity of the disaster. Here are 15 poignant photos that will give you a glimpse into what the situation in Texas looks like:
A roadside sign urging drivers to be prepared and fill up their vehicles with gas before Harvey hits.
Corpus Christi shoreline hours before Harvey's landfall.
Grocery store shelves are emptied of necessities like bottled water.
A fallen traffic light and street sign after the life-threatening hurricane made landfall on Friday night.
Continue reading for more photos of the damage Hurricane Harvey left in its wake.