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In pictures: Hurricane Harvey hits Houston hard as roads turn into rivers

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In pictures: Hurricane Harvey hits Houston hard as roads turn into rivers

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These are powerful pictures that sum up the impact Storm Harvey – the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years.

Houston, the country’s fourth biggest city, has seen some of the worst flooding, forcing thousands to flee surrounding counties and swollen rivers to levels not seen in centuries.

More rain was set to dump more misery on the city on Monday (August 28).

Schools, airports and office buildings in Houston, home to about 2.3 million people, were ordered shut as scores of roads turned into rivers and chest-high water filled neighborhoods in the low-lying city.

The hurricane first hit on Friday and has killed at least two people.

People wade through flood waters in Houston. Source: Reuters.

A rescue helicopter hovers in the background as an elderly woman and her poodle use an air mattress to float above flood waters, while waiting to be rescued in Houston. Source: Reuters.

People use a truck to navigate through flood waters in Houston. Source: Reuters.

A highway in Houston is submerged in floodwater from Hurricane Harvey. Source: Reuters.

An eighteen-wheel lorry is stranded on a flooded highway in Houston. Source: Reuters

Evacuees are taken to temporary accommodation in Houston after Hurricane Harvey barrelled into Texas. Source: Reuters.

People use a kayak to rescue motorists stranded on a flooded highway in Houston. Source: Reuters.

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A highway in Houston is flooded following Hurricane Harvey. Source: Reuters

Texas National Guard soldiers help people in heavily-flooded areas of Houston. Source: Reuters