Hurricane Harvey made landfall one year ago on this day (August 27, 2017), forever changing parts of Texas. This was the day when the monstrous hurricane struck San José Island as a category 4 storm following its rapid intensification. The storm strengthened from a tropical storm to category 4 hurricane in just 40 hours. Below, we’ll explore various photos of the aftermath of this storm along with facts and tidbits.

Hurricane Harvey making landfall as a category 4 storm with winds of up to 130 mph, as seen on the GOES-16 satellite late in the day.

As much as 60.58 inches of rain was measured near Houston, making Harvey the rainiest US tropical cyclone in recorded history. Image credit: Texas Military Department
First responders conducted nearly 10,000 rescues missions through the duration of the storm, most of which were due to flooding. Image credit: U.S. Navy
An estimated 13 million people were affected by the storm, nearly 135,000 homes were damaged or destroyed from flooding, and up to a million cars were wrecked. Image credit: J. Daniel Escareño
Harvey was the second most costly tropical cyclone to affect the US. Amounting to about $125 billion, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 remains the costliest at $160 billion. Image credit: U.S. Air National Guard
The damage from the storm resulted in an estimated 8 million cubic yards of garbage in Houston, which is enough to fill up the football stadium of the Texans two times over. Image credit: Jill Carlson
One-third of Houston was completely flooded. The tremendous weight of that water actually temporarily sank the city by 2 centimeters. Image credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
The highest storm surge levels were recorded at Port Lavaca, Texas. Water levels exceeded 10 feet above normal. Image credit: REUTERS/Rick Wilking
The highest measured peak 1-second wind gust was 145 mph at the Aransas County Airport in Rockport, Texas. Image credit: Chabad Lubavitch
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Jackson is Head of Content at WeatherOptics and produces several forecasts and manages all social media platforms. Previously, Jackson forecasted local weather for southwestern Connecticut, founding his website, Jackson's Weather, in the March of 2015. He is currently studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism as the University of Miami.

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