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Memories of Harvey remain vivid

Posted at 7:56 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 21:00:14-04

The Coastal Bend approaches the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey.  The memories can’t be shaken by those who lived through the devastating storm.

Action 10 News reporter Andy Liscano was the first reporter ‘in’ the midst of the hurricane winds and rains.  He shares his story of that night:

“Photographer Dennis Kingsbury and I were the first to bring you ‘live’ reports ‘in’ the storm,” he said. “We began at Fulton Beach. Spent the night in our vehicle in Rockport, as Harvey made landfall.”

Action Ten and sister station KRIS 6 combined efforts to bring the Coastal Bend community the best and most comprehensive coverage of the hurricane.

By late afternoon on Aug. 25,  Harvey was already pounding on the Coastal Bend’s doorstep.
It would become a Category 4 hurricane with wind gusts up to 160 mph. And by 9:45 that night, Harvey made landfall.

By daylight, Harvey’s wrath was crystal clear.

Power lines were strewn across Highway 361 headed into Port Aransas. And then up and down Alister Street.

No power. No phone service.

An estimated $125 billion in damage.

An estimated 60 inches of rain. 57 tornadoes were reported during Harvey.

Thousands evacuated and were forced into shelters.

The Coastal Bend might have been down, but it was far from being out.

One year later, the recovery continues, as do the problems caused by some unscrupulous contractors.

But make no mistake, .the Coastal Bend is strong!