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The storm, now a Category 1, brings heavy rain and high winds to the Lone Star State.
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At one animal shelter in La Porte, officials transported dozens of dogs and cats to a shelter in Houston. Houston's Zoo stacked sandbags and left a "ride-out" crew to care for its 6,000 animals. In San Antonio, evacuees arrived to check into pet-friendly hotels. Awareness of the plight of animals in the path of a devastating storms has greatly improved since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when an estimated 250,000 dogs and cats were displaced or died as a result of the storm, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey slammed into the center of Texas' refining industry, which processes about one third of America's oil. Some companies even shut down their facilities in the area and evacuated the workers. Goldman Sachs estimates that the hurricane has taken 3 million barrels a day — or about 17% — of refining capacity offline, and that's likely to increase the overall level of crude-oil inventories over the next couple of months. "The slow moving nature of the storm will likely lead to these shut-downs continuing in coming days and may generate persistent damage as well," Damien Courvalin, the head of energy research at Goldman, said in a note sent early Monday morning. The storm has since then continued to crawl around the coast.
In the city, there is more than a foot of rain and as much as two feet is expected. A disaster declaration was requested by the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott. It was granted by president Trump on Friday night. . The proclamation allows federal funds to be used for local disaster relief. The floods have the potential to hit Houston pretty hard. The city was once largely a swamp and relies on a decades-old system of canals to drain flooded streets. Those by creeks and bayous could face higher flash flood risks. Research shows that many of the water ways are from a time when less rainfall was expected and before the city's population exploded.