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dateline: 30 August 2017

Listen to NewsHurricane Harvey Devastates Texas

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • Category 4: a hurricane with winds from 131 to 155 miles per hour
  • devastate: to destroy or ruin
  • flood (verb): to fill or overflow with water
  • ashore: on land
  • jet ski: a small powered vehicle that runs along the water like a motorcycle on land
  • human chain: a line of people holding hands or linking arms

Hurricane Harvey Devastates Texas

A Category 4 storm hit Texas on Friday and quickly began to flood communities all around Houston, the fourth city in the US. In the days since the hurricane first came ashore, thousands of people have been rescued by volunteers, police, and the . Many families got onto their to wait to be rescued when the water filled their streets and homes. Rescuers have used boats, jet skis, , and human chains to people and pets from the flood water. Many of the locations that had been set up as shelters have since flooded. Within less than a week, the storm could dump as much water as Houston gets in a full year.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did this storm hit?
  2. What have rescuers used to save people from the floods?
  3. What has happened to many of the shelters that were set up in Texas?

Discussion Questions: Floods are often more deadly than tornadoes and other natural disasters. What can be done to help prevent such devastating flooding in the world’s coastal regions?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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One Comment on “Hurricane Harvey Devastates Texas”

  1. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this week’s audio news report.

    Second, I’m sorry for thousands of people who have lost their homes.
    i wish all of them health and safety.

    Third, if you give me your permission I would like to add an explanation about the meaning of the word ashore (adverb).
    The Oxford Dictionary says about it:

    1. “To or on the shore (Noun= the land along the edge of a sea, lake, or other large body of water) or land from the direction of the sea.”
    1.1 “on land as opposed to at sea.”

    Teacher Tara,
    If I read your news reports carefully, it’s only because of this reason that I would love to learn English language deeply (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

    Thank you so much for liking your students and have a great weekend in Canada.
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf wishes you love and happiness,

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