As Hurricane Harvey continues to dump staggering amounts of rain over Houston, KHOU-TV, 11 News, one of the city's local TV news broadcasting stations, was forced to evacuate as flood waters surged in.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Prediction Center is now projecting that some areas could see as much as 50 inches of rain-around as much as the region gets in a year-up from an earlier estimate of up to 40 inches.
Turner said the best place for people is to be in their homes. He said: "If you think the situation right now is bad, you give an order to evacuate, you are creating a nightmare".
'That is risky. When you combine Houston and Harris County, you literally can not put 6.5million people on the road.
"Water could come out of the bayous and just overpower our capabilities", he said, "and in that case we are ready to step in". Widespread flooding is expected to impact areas as far north as Crockett.
Turner said 22 aircrafts, with 16 from the U.S. Coast Guard, have been assisting with locating people stranded on their roofs or in water across Houston. The tweet below is an overhead shot of downtown Houston.
"We are getting calls from people climbing into their attic".
Looming over the decision not to evacuate was Houston's experience with Hurricane Rita.
As thousands of Houston residents tried to stay above rising floodwaters Sunday, the city's mayor defended his decision not to issue evacuation orders ahead of Hurricane Harvey.
In the small island community of Port Aransas, officials also said there was "massive" damage. "If someone has an emergency, they need to call 911 and just know that.it may take a while to get an answer, but the call takers are working through those calls".
The hurricane center says in its 4 a.m. Sunday update that the tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72.42 kph) and remains stationary about 45 miles (72.42 kilometers) northwest of Victoria, Texas. He said he left several messages on Mr. Turner's cellphone offering assistance, but hadn't heard back. "We've moved beyond whether or not there should have been an evacuation or not", he told reporters.
And on Sunday afternoon, local officials expanded mandatory evacuation orders to include parts of Brazoria County, on the outskirts of Houston.