As it happened: Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas

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  • Hurricane Harvey made landfall late on Friday (25 August) night between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor, Texas.
  • The hurricane strengthened to a Category 4 storm, bringing maximum sustained winds of 130mph with even stronger gusts.
  • It was the strongest hurricane to hit Texas in decades.
  • US President Donald Trump has signed a "disaster proclamation" for Texas assuring complete assistance from the White House.
  • Schools and offices were shut and residents were advised to move to safer places.
  • The National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm had passed over San Jose Island as of 11pm EDT.
  • The hurricane was downgraded to a category 1 storm at around 6.30am EDT but flood and power outage risks remain.
Sal Valerio walks near the bay waters as they churn from approaching Hurricane Harvey on 25 August, 2017 in Corpus Christi, TexasJoe Raedle / Staff

This concludes our live coverage of Hurricane Harvey, which is heading into inland Texas after being downgraded to a category 1 storm.

Several tornado warnings have been issued in the surrounding area and agencies say there is a substantial risk of flooding and power outages.

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Federal Emergency chief says Harvey is now "turning into a deadly inland event"

Hurricane Harvey has now been downgraded to a category 1 storm. However, significant flood and power outage risks remain.

Hurricane Harvey has weakened to a category 2 storm and is expected to weaken further, reports say. However, flooding remains a concern in the affected areas.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has asked people to stay at home once the storm starts. He said: "People need to know, this is not a one-, two-day event and done."

According to weather forecasters, the storm is expected to stall and dump rain on South Texas and parts of Louisiana into the middle of next week.

Power network corporation Ercot said Hurricane Harvey has knocked out power to more than 211,000 customers, The Guardian reported.

The National Weather Service in Texas has warned of flash flooding in areas including Sugar Land TX, Missouri City TX, Mission Bend TX until 3:30 AM CDT

Traffic lights lie on a street after being knocked down, as Hurricane Harvey approaches in Corpus Christi, Texas, USReuters

The National Hurricane Center has warned of "catastrophic and life-threatening flooding" due to heavy rains brought in by Hurricane Harvey at Rockport. The center said in a detailed bulletin that the storm has maximum sustained winds of 130mph and is moving north-west at 7mph.

The hurricane is expected to slow down and linger over south-eastern Texas for the next few days, but is expected to dump up to 30 inches of rain, with 40 inches in isolated areas of middle and upper Texas through to Wednesday (30 August).

Storm surges of up to 13ft and destructive waves are expected between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor if it combines with high tide, the center warned.

Texas, Louisiana, and north-east Mexico coasts will be affected by swells created by the storm. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.

Reports of damage following Hurricane Harvey's landfall have started filtering through. The Guardian reports that a roof of a seniors housing complex in Rockport has collapsed causing injuries to an unknown number of people. The courthouse and high school have also suffered damage.

Citing authorities, the paper noted that so far at least 10 people are reported injured in Rockport.

A tornado warning has been issued for Houston.

US President Donald Trump has signed a disaster proclamation to assure complete assistance to Texas as Hurricane Harvey unleashes its fury in the area.

Social media posts show flooded roads following heavy rains triggered by Hurricane Harvey.

More than 5 million people are believed to be in the path of Hurricane Harvey. Many people have evacuated the areas threatened by the storm, but several others chose to stay. Authorities are providing shelter to affected people.

People are taking to social media sites to post updates on the hurricane that has lashed parts of Texas with heavy rains and strong winds.

US President Donald Trump urged the residents to be affected by the super storm to evacuate to safer place. He also said in a tweet that he has spoken to Texas governor and assured all assistance from the White House.

Waves pound the shore from approaching Hurricane Harvey on 25 August, 2017 in Corpus Christi, TexasJoe Raedle/Getty Images
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