ROCKPORT, Texas (KXAN) — KXAN’s Hurricane Expert David Yeomans is in Rockport where Hurricane Harvey is making landfall. Yeomans along with the rest of the KXAN team are staying in the Fairfield Inn, which sustained damage as the storm moved in.
Yeomans says half the hotel is damaged. The hotel originally had approximately 120 people there but after 9:30 p.m., when the eye was over them, around 80 percent of the people left because they didn’t feel safe at the hotel. Around two dozen people are staying behind, some of whom are weather spotters.
There is no power at the hotel and our crews only have power in KXAN’s live truck, which is being used to charge batteries, etc.
There is debris, downed lines, fallen trees all around them. The crew will venture out when the sun rises. However, the mayor of Rockport is driving around in an armored truck to inspect the damage during the eye. Yeomans said he stopped by the hotel and said there are entire rows of homes near the hotel that are destroyed. It’s not known how many people may be missing.