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Hurricane Harvey: Dramatic images and video capture catastrophic flooding in Texas

WATCH: Amateur video shows parts of Houston underwater from Harvey flooding

Harrowing images and video have captured the destruction in parts of Texas after Hurricane Harvey pounded the Gulf Coast with torrential rain, causing rapidly rising floodwaters.

Harvey, which made landfall Friday as a Category 4 hurricane before weakening to a tropical storm, sent devastating floods pouring into the greater Houston area on Sunday turning highways and residential streets into rivers. The metropolitan area is home to about 6.8 million people.

WATCH: Video shows devastating flooding in Houston from Harvey 

Some areas have already seen as much as 76 centimetres of rain, according to the National Weather Service, and by the end of the week, some coastal areas of Texas will have seen as much as 127 centimetres of rain.

Images of from the Houston area showed cars submerged in water and residents escaping to higher ground.

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Sterling Broughton is helped from a kayak onto a rescue boat from her flooded home in Dickinson, Texas August 27, 2017.
Sterling Broughton is helped from a kayak onto a rescue boat from her flooded home in Dickinson, Texas August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
An abandoned Hummer is covered in floodwaters on Interstate 610 after Hurricane Harvey inundated the Texas Gulf coast with rain, in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017.
An abandoned Hummer is covered in floodwaters on Interstate 610 after Hurricane Harvey inundated the Texas Gulf coast with rain, in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Nick Oxford
A family is rescued from flood waters from Hurricane Harvey on a boat in Dickinson, Texas August 27, 2017.
A family is rescued from flood waters from Hurricane Harvey on a boat in Dickinson, Texas August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
A vehicle sits half submerged in flood waters in a residential area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S., August 27, 2017.
A vehicle sits half submerged in flood waters in a residential area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S., August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Ernest Scheyder
Texas National Guard soldiers aid residents in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S., August 27, 2017       Lt. Zachary West, 100th MPAD/Texas Military Department/Handout via REUTERS
Texas National Guard soldiers aid residents in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S., August 27, 2017 Lt. Zachary West, 100th MPAD/Texas Military Department/Handout via REUTERS
A man walks through floods waters and onto the main road after surveying his property which was hit by Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Texas, U.S. August 26, 2017.
A man walks through floods waters and onto the main road after surveying his property which was hit by Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Texas, U.S. August 26, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
The Duong family, with children, parents and dog in tow, walks along Interstate 45 while escaping flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
The Duong family, with children, parents and dog in tow, walks along Interstate 45 while escaping flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
A car is surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey in Point Comfort, Texas, August 26, 2017.
A car is surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey in Point Comfort, Texas, August 26, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Members of the Duong family walk through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey on the feeder road of Interstate 45 in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017.
Members of the Duong family walk through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey on the feeder road of Interstate 45 in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Evacuees are airlifted in a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter after flooding due to Hurricane Harvey inundated neighborhoods in Houston, Texas, August 27, 2017. Picture taken August 27, 2017.
Evacuees are airlifted in a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter after flooding due to Hurricane Harvey inundated neighborhoods in Houston, Texas, August 27, 2017. Picture taken August 27, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Johanna Strickland/Handout via REUTERS.
Residents wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Residents wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif REUTERS/Adrees Latif
The Duong family, with children, parents and dog in tow, walks along Interstate 45 while escaping flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017.
The Duong family, with children, parents and dog in tow, walks along Interstate 45 while escaping flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
A man uses a trash bag as cover from the rain while wading through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in east Houston, Texas, U.S. on Aug. 28, 2017.
A man uses a trash bag as cover from the rain while wading through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in east Houston, Texas, U.S. on Aug. 28, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Andrew Mitchell helps his neighbor Beverly Johnson onto a rescue boat to escape the rising flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place on Aug. 28, 2017.
Andrew Mitchell helps his neighbor Beverly Johnson onto a rescue boat to escape the rising flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place on Aug. 28, 2017. Jonathan Bachman/Reuters
Evacuees are driven away from high waters in a truck in Dickinson, Texas on Aug. 28, 2017.
Evacuees are driven away from high waters in a truck in Dickinson, Texas on Aug. 28, 2017. Rick Wilking/Reuters
Residents use boats to evacuate flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey along Tidwell Road east Houston, Texas, U.S. August 28, 2017.
Residents use boats to evacuate flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey along Tidwell Road east Houston, Texas, U.S. August 28, 2017. Adrees Latif/Reuters
A volunteer looks for people wanting to be evacuated from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Dickinson, Texas on Aug. 28, 2017.
A volunteer looks for people wanting to be evacuated from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Dickinson, Texas on Aug. 28, 2017. Rick Wilking/Reuters
A man hands a child to Allen Jacobs, an off-duty Texas City fire fighter/paramedic, after being evacuated by dump truck from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Dickinson, Texas, U.S. on Aug. 28, 2017.
A man hands a child to Allen Jacobs, an off-duty Texas City fire fighter/paramedic, after being evacuated by dump truck from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Dickinson, Texas, U.S. on Aug. 28, 2017. Rick Wilking/Reuters
A man carries a child after being evacuated by dump truck from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Dickinson, Texas on Aug. 28, 2017.
A man carries a child after being evacuated by dump truck from the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters in Dickinson, Texas on Aug. 28, 2017. Rick Wilking/Reuters
Residents wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, U.S., on Aug. 28, 2017.
Residents wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, U.S., on Aug. 28, 2017. Jonathan Bachman/Reuters
Destyn Scales and her dog Dexter wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, U.S., on Aug. 28, 2017.
Destyn Scales and her dog Dexter wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, U.S., on Aug. 28, 2017. Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Brock Long, the director of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said they are anticipating 30,000 will be displaced by the storm.

“Right now this mission is very important. This is a life-safety, life-sustaining mission,” Long said. “Right now in addition to search and rescue, the next objective is to stabilize disaster survivors. We have got to get them into shelters. We are anticipating over 30,000 people being placed in shelters temporarily.”

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has activated the entire state National Guard, tripling the number of guardsmen active in the state from about 4,000 to about 12,000.

“It is imperative that we do everything possible to protect the lives and safety of people across the state of Texas as we continue to face the aftermath of this storm,” he said.

Abbot designated 54 Texas counties as state disaster areas, including 18 that are designated federal disaster areas.

“Our number goal from Corpus Christi to east of Houston is still protecting and preserving life and rescuing every person that we can find,” Abbott told reporters Monday afternoon. “Our second goal is to ensure our fellow Texans have access to necessities, food, water, supplies and power.”

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Meanwhile, videos of the flooding in Houston, the sixth largest city in U.S., have shown people being rescued from stranded cars.

A rescue helicopter hovers in the background as an elderly woman and her poodle use an air mattress to float above flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey while waiting to be rescued from Scarsdale Boulevard in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
A rescue helicopter hovers in the background as an elderly woman and her poodle use an air mattress to float above flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey while waiting to be rescued from Scarsdale Boulevard in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
People are rescued by airboat as they evacuate from flood waters from Hurricane Harvey in Dickinson, Texas August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
People are rescued by airboat as they evacuate from flood waters from Hurricane Harvey in Dickinson, Texas August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
A truck pushes through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas.
A truck pushes through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Flood waters from Hurricane Harvey cover the main street in Dickinson, Texas August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Flood waters from Hurricane Harvey cover the main street in Dickinson, Texas August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
People walk through water to a staging area to evacuate from flood waters from Hurricane Harvey in Dickinson, Texas August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
People walk through water to a staging area to evacuate from flood waters from Hurricane Harvey in Dickinson, Texas August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Residents use a truck to navigate through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017.
Residents use a truck to navigate through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Houston City Police Chief Art Acevedo said that officers have rescued more than 2,000 people trapped by the rising floodwaters and there are another 185 rescue requests still pending. The rain and floods have been blamed for at least two deaths.

“The goal is rescue. That’s the major focus for the day and that’s my directive,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in a Monday morning press conference.

READ MORE: Canadians in Texas grapple with Harvey’s wrath

Houston Emergency Services has handled 75,000 emergency calls as of 9 a.m. CT authorities said.

Images showed the extensive flooding at Buffalo Bayou Park, a 124-acre green space and on Interstate 45 in Houston.

Flooded downtown is seen from a high rise along Buffalo Bayou after Hurricane Harvey inundated the Texas Gulf coast with rain causing widespread flooding, in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. (Twitter/@caroleenarn via REUTERS)
Flooded downtown is seen from a high rise along Buffalo Bayou after Hurricane Harvey inundated the Texas Gulf coast with rain causing widespread flooding, in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. (Twitter/@caroleenarn via REUTERS)
Interstate highway 45 is submerged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey seen during widespread flooding in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017.
Interstate highway 45 is submerged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey seen during widespread flooding in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Carson

Other video captured of the catastrophic flooding shows residents kayaking and boating through the city streets.

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Area residents use a kayak to rescue motorists stranded on Interstate highway 45 which is submerged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey seen during widespread flooding in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Carson
Area residents use a kayak to rescue motorists stranded on Interstate highway 45 which is submerged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey seen during widespread flooding in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Carson
Flood waters from Hurricane Harvey cover the main street in Dickinson, Texas August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Flood waters from Hurricane Harvey cover the main street in Dickinson, Texas August 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Boat flips as people try to travel through flooded waters in Houston
Boat flips as people try to travel through flooded waters in Houston

The White House said President Donald Trump would visit Texas on Tuesday, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump.

— With files from the Associated Press

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