Hurricane Harvey downgraded to Category 1, still creating dangerous flooding and damage

A power generator tips in front of Texas' CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, as Hurricane Harvey hits Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. (Courtney Sacco /Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

The fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, but by early Saturday, it had already dumped more than 9 inches of rain on some parts of coastal Texas.

No deaths were immediately confirmed in the hours after Harvey's arrival, but officials noted emergency crews couldn't get out in many places due to high winds.

A worst case scenario is that the hurricane could hug the coast for days and stay strong enough to remain a tropical storm.

Forecasts call for as much as 30 inches (.76 meters) of rain to fall by next Wednesday, with some areas getting as much as 40 inches (1 meter), according to the National Hurricane Center.

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