is a reporting fellow at the Texas Tribune and a recent graduate of Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. She was previously a reporter at the Chronicle of Higher Education, and received a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied Legal Studies and Media Studies.
The meteorological firm AccuWeather estimates the storm's impact on gross domestic product will be $190 billion – one percent of the U.S.'s current GDP – and more costly than Katrina and Sandy combined.
As swamped officials struggled to respond to a deadly crisis Sunday, southeast Texans were bracing for their troubles to multiply over the coming week. Harvey is on track to produce even more devastating floods.
The storm wreaked havoc on buildings along the Texas coast and continued to dump heavy rainfall on the region, prompting concerns of possibly disastrous flooding, while widespread power outages hampered the state's relief efforts.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick criticized the overnight removal of several Confederate statues from the University of Texas at Austin’s campus while U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz called the decision "the university’s prerogative."
After last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Texas House members Monday called on the Texas A&M University System chancellor to stop a "White Lives Matter" rally from taking place on campus next month.