Watch As The Military Converges On The Texas Gulf Coast In Response To Hurricane Harvey

Official US Coast Guard Photograph

This video highlights just some of the United States military’s mobilization in response to Hurricane Harvey along the Texas Coast. Every branch of the armed services are in place and working in the disaster zone. Elements of the Air National Guard (ANG) 176th Wing based at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in Alaska load up a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III with supplies and equipment and take off for Texas first. Next, a Coast Guard Sikorsky MH-60 Jayhawk based at Coast Guard Air Station San Diego sets out toward the catastrophe. Rescue footage shot aboard Coast Guard helicopters and small boats and Texas Army National Guard boats and high-water vehicles rounds out the footage. Thanks to YouTuber Gung Ho Vids for uploading this clip.

There also are 16 UH-60 Blackhawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters from the Texas Army National Guard conducting day and night wide area SAR missions along the Texas coast from Corpus Christi to Houston. The Department of Defense has also brought in and deployed dozens of Army and Marine Corps search and rescue (SAR) teams and scores of Coast Guard and other SAR-capable helicopters and supporting fixed-wing aircraft. The New York ANG and Alaska ANG have committed HC-130J Hercules and Boeing C-17 Globemaster III airlifters. The California ANG and Utah, Nebraska, and North Carolina Army National Guards are also assisting in the SAR efforts. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadrons SEVEN (HSC-7) Dusty Dogs and HSC-28 Dragon Whales made their way to the Gulf Coast from Norfolk to assist in rescue and recovery efforts as well.

Official US Air Force Photograph

After forming as a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Harvey came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane packing winds of more than 130 miles per hour at 2145 local time on Friday 8/25/2017. The storm devastated several coastal towns and did damage to towns along the entire upper Texas coast and as far inland as Austin and San Antonio. Because no weather systems were in place to “steer” the storm away from its point of landfall, the storm proceeded to meander and dump several feet of rain over thousands of square Texas miles. Houston and the entire surrounding area have been inundated by floodwaters. Louisiana has also been subjected to heavy rains and flooding by Harvey.

Official US Air Force Photograph

Here’s a bonus video of the damage done to the coastal town of Rockport which took a direct hit from the eyewall of Harvey.