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15 Photos Of The Devastating Aftermath Of Hurricane Harvey

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.

Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

Corpus Christi shoreline hours before Harvey's landfall.

Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

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.

The hurricane ripped off the walls of the First Baptist Church in Rockport.

Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

Helicopters evacuated people as the water levels continued to rise.

Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

The remnants of a burned down house in Corpus, Christi.

Mark Ralston/Agence France-Presse

A destroyed house can be seen in the background as a man drives his truck through the flooded streets of Aransas Pass.

Eric Gay/Associated Press

Texans Sherri Thomas, her son Brandon and their dog Jaba are pictured waiting to be transported to a shelter.

Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

Keep scrolling for more images of the storm and find out how you can help.

Flooded streets of Meyerland, Houston on Sunday night.

Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

90-year-old Gladys Demerson is being evacuated from her home in La Grange by some of the town's residents. One of them, Michael Schlabach, was a student of hers in the third-grade.

Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times

A man cycles past a damaged hotel in Rockport.

Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

The remains of a damaged motor home on the State Highway 188.

Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

Pedestrians and cars trying to make their way out of the affected areas.

Thomas B. Shea/Agence France-Press

If you'd like to help those affected by the natural disaster, you can make a donation through the American Red Cross. If you're near the impacted areas, the Sheriff's office is asking those with boats and large vehicles that can handle the high water levels to help with the rescue efforts.

Do you know anyone that's been affected by Hurricane Harvey?

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