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Houston Mayor: ‘This is just day one’

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.”

Hurricane Harvey updates: Texas hit by powerful storm, heavy rain

Hurricane Harvey is on track to be the strongest storm to strike the United States in 12 years. It’s forecast to make landfall on the Texas coast late Friday or early Saturday. Follow along for updates on preparations, evacuations and forecasts.

Visit the Capital Weather Gang for more on the storm.

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