When Hurricane Harvey blows ashore over coastal Texas on Friday, it will likely be the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of the rapidly intensifying storm at 11:24 a.m. Central time (16:45 Universal Time) on August 24, 2017. NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using data from the Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE). Caption by Adam Voiland.

A San Diego-based charity is sending relief aid to support those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, which walloped southeastern Texas Friday night and Saturday continues to drench the region.

Officials with International Relief Teams, which is headquartered in Grantville, said Saturday that they were partnering with MAP International to provide storm evacuees with personal hygiene kits.

More then 1,200 kits will be delivered early this week to an on-site partner in Texas, the IRT statement said.

“IRT is continuing to monitor the storm and correspond with our on-site partners to evaluate further needs of displaced families,” said IRT Executive Director Barry La Forgia. “We know the effects of a major storm like this can have a devastating, life-changing impact on low-income, elderly, and disabled people for many years after the fact. It’s important to remember the families who cannot recover on their own from disasters and need our help to get back on their feet.”

The hurricane, described by analysts as the most dangerous to strike the United States in 12 years, made landfall Friday night as a Category 4 storm. Winds of up to 130 mph and torrential downpour devastated coastal communities, and despite being downgraded to a Category 1 storm by Saturday morning, the hurricane is expected to dump as much as 40 inches of rain in some areas through the middle of the week.

—City News Service