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Officials: At Least 1 Dead, 12 Injured In Rockport Due To Hurricane Harvey

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A destroyed building at Rockport Airport after heavy damage when Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport, Texas on August 26, 2017. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

(CBSDFW.COM/AP) - The Aransas County Judge says at least one person has died and 12 to 14 others were injured after Hurricane Harvey ravaged through Rockport.

Search and rescue operations are continuing along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Officials said they were bracing for days of heavy rain and flooding even as they planned how to respond to the damage. And they still were unsure if there were more casualties in the town, which was left without electricity or cellphone and internet service.

The county jail in Rockport, whose inmates had been evacuated, became a makeshift clinic after the emergency medical post's doors and roof were damaged.

Authorities were so concerned about casualties that acting Mayor Patrick Rios had said anyone foolish enough to stay should write their name and Social Security number on their arm with a Sharpie pen, to make it easier to identify their bodies.

Harvey made landfall in Texas Friday evening as a Category 4 hurricane. It was since been downgraded to a tropical storm.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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