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Local Red Cross Volunteers Rush to Texas

Corporate America donates millions to Harvey relief Joe Raedle Getty Images
Christy Curtis | 28 August, 2017, 01:35

From bleach to bug spray, Red Cross Regional CEO, Patty Flowers, says her crews pack a little of everything to help hurricane victims whose homes have been damaged or destroyed.

They're going to load up between 4 to 6 trailers full of supplies, including water, snacks, first aid supplies and other basics.

The Red Cross reported more than 1,800 people took refuge from the deadly storm Saturday night in 34 Red Cross and community shelters in Texas.

Kristine Johnson reported for CBS News that the National Hurricane Center southern Texas was experiencing "catastrophic flooding" from Hurricane Harvey Sunday morning. Most deployed overnight and many more are on standby to leave.

Watchdog: US sanctions Chinese, Russians over North Korea support
The new sanctions are part of a broader U.S. effort to disrupt the flow of cash funding North Korean weapons programmes. Dandong Chengtai was added Tuesday to Treasury's list of sanctioned entities, along with Transatlantic and Velmur.

Hurricane Harvey has weakened to a tropical storm, but continued to drench the Gulf Coast and the worst still might not be over in Texas.

The National Weather Service predicts that Harvey will make landfall late tomorrow, August 25, along the Texas coast between Port O'Connor and Matagorda Bay, about 70 miles northeast of Corpus Christi. Over 125 Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are already in the area and more than 200 more are on their way.

Apple this weekend has started accepting donations via the iTunes Store for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. This not only lets you search for a loved one in the affected area, but lets you respond to pleas of help from people who have been impacted. "It makes a big difference because people haven't had it for days". A spokesman for the NYPD said they sent 33 Emergency Service Unit officers and six K-9 officers to Houston. "And we need folks to continue to hold up people in prayer and in their thoughts as we deal with this monster of a storm".

24 Hour News 8 got a look inside the Red Cross' disaster relief mobile unit.

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