PHOTOGRAPHERS' HARROWING STORIES OF HARVEY'S DESTRUCTION

WIRED | 8/30/2017 | Laura Mallonee
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Hurricane Harvey struck the coast of Texas on Friday, drowning highways, ravaging small towns, and causing some 30,000 people to evacuate. Countless photographers are on the ground capturing the sweeping devastation, many braving heavy winds, torrential rain, and unsafe roads to document the storm and its aftermath.

Getty photographer Joe Raedle flew from Miami to Houston on Friday just as the storm slammed the southern shoreline. He spent Saturday driving around Rockport, a tiny coastal town of 10,000 people, chatting with locals whose houses had been severely damaged by the wind and rain. One elderly gentleman he photographed, Steve Culver, recounted how he and his wife spent a terror-filled night in their house, listening to the storm rip off parts of their roof. Culver broke into tears as he spoke, and his dog Otis hurried over to his wheelchair to comfort him. “He said it was the most terrifying moment of his life,” Raedle says.

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By Sunday, the hurricane—by then downgraded to a tropical storm—had battered Houston with more than 30 inches of rain. AP photographer Charlie Riedel was one of many photojournalists navigating the flooded streets near downtown when he spotted a man in an inner tube rescuing a driver from a submerged semi truck. “My immediate...
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