Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told “Good Morning America” Saturday that his city is still facing considerable danger from Hurricane Harvey, even though it weakened after moving inland.
“This is still going to be a major rain event for the City of Houston and Harris County,” he said. “This is just day one. We’re anticipating a lot of rain over the next four or five days. We anticipate there will be flooding.”
He also addressed concerns that he and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had sent conflicting messages about what was safer: fleeing or staying in place.
“The governor and I both agree that this is a serious and unprecedented storm,” Turner said. “For Houston, Harris County, the county judge and I both agreed that for us this was a major rainfall event and so there was no need to evacuate. We are asking people to stay off the street … Quite frankly, leaving your homes, getting on the streets, you’ll be putting yourself in more danger and not making yourself safer.”