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Harvey dumping catastrophic rains, mayor imposes curfew in paralyzed Houston

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Tropical Storm Harvey picked up some speed Tuesday afternoon as it made its way north-northeast toward Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said.

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The storm doubled in speed from 3 mph in the pre-dawn hours to 6 mph in the NHC's 2a.m. advisory. The center of the storm was located in the Gulf of Mexico about 55 miles south-southwest of Port Arthur, Texas, and 45 miles southwest of Cameron, La., moving about 6 mph toward the north-northeast.

Harvey has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

In the NHC's 10 p.m. update, the tropical storm warning along the coast of Louisiana had been extended eastward to Grand Isle.

The tropical storm warning along the coast of Texas to the south of Freeport has been discontinued.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner imposed a nightly curfew after authorities busted 14 people suspected of looting in the last two days during the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey.

The alleged looters will face tougher punishments under a Texas law enforcing strict penalties during a crisis, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement.

“People displaced or harmed in this storm are not going to be easy prey,” Ogg said. “Anyone who tries to take advantage of this storm to break into homes or businesses should know that they are going to feel the full weight of the law.”

The curfew would be in effect from midnight to 5 a.m., the mayor said.

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