US president due to visit Corpus Christi and Austin on Tuesday, as Harvey regains strength and threatens to bring floods to Louisiana

Crews overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls have had little time to search for other potential victims of Hurricane Harvey, but officials believe the number of fatalities could soar once the floodwaters recede.

“We know in these kind of events that, sadly, the death toll goes up historically,” Houston police Chief Art Acevedo told the Associated Press (AP). “I’m really worried about how many bodies we’re going to find.”

Welcome to our continuing live coverage of the catastrophic floods in Texas, where nine people have already died and conditions are forecast to worsen.

President Donald Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, are due to visit Corpus Christi and Austin on Tuesday, but not the worst hit area, Houston, over fears that the trip could hamper relief efforts.

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