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Texas Mother Gave Birth As Hurricane Harvey Struck

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A family caught in the middle of Hurricane Harvey this weekend is safe, with a new baby and an incredible birth story to share.

Hurricane Harvey, which hit southeast Texas over the weekend, has been called the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. mainland since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. As many as 450,000 people are affected by the hurricane, and millions more are on "flood watch."

Isabel Pena and her boyfriend Andrew Garza from Corpus Christi were among the 300,000 people who lost power during the height of the storm on Friday night, as intense winds whipped the state and more than 2 feet of rain fell in some areas. But the family had an extra problem to worry about: Isabel was 38 weeks pregnant.

After being stuck in the dark for hours, Isabel warned her husband that she could feel her contractions starting. "I just kept trying to tell him: 'She was coming. She was coming,'" she told KRIS TV. Andrew called for an ambulance, but didn't expect they would arrive any time soon.

"We didn't ever think they were going to show up as bad as it was," Andrew said. "The wind was blowing bad and there was debris everywhere." Sure enough, Isabel went into labor moments later, with only Andrew there to help her.

But that was just the start of the couple's wild night.

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