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At least 9 people dead as Harvey continues its rampage across Texas

HOUSTON - Tropical Storm Harvey continued to pummel southeast Texas on Monday, leaving at least nine people dead and vast swaths of the nation's fourth-largest city unrecognizable as murky brown water submerged highways, houses, shopping plazas and entire neighborhoods.

Federal officials said more than 30,000 people in Houston and across the Gulf Coast were likely to seek temporary shelter as Harvey, which initially made landfall as a hurricane, continued to drench parts of Texas and Louisiana with heavy rains and surging floodwaters.

Parts of Harris County had seen 30 inches of rain - and an additional 15 to 25 inches are still on the way as Harvey regains strength, according to the National Weather Service.

"It has to be categorized as one of the largest disasters America has ever faced," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told reporters.

But the precise toll of the brutal storm remained unknown - emergency officials had no way of knowing how many people may have died but not been found, how many others were still trapped in

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