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Forecasters say Hurricane Harvey is slowly moving off southeastern Texas coast back into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will suck up tons of additional moisture before making a second strike on the already flooded city of Houston.

Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas said he has deployed the entire Texas National Guard — a total of 15,000 men and women.

Rescuers are working non-stop to look for people stuck inside their flooded homes or who have sought safety on their rooftops.

Turner said as of early Monday evening, 3,052 people have been rescued and 8,000 are in shelters. The mayor said there are three confirmed flood-related deaths in Houston. He said he hopes and prays that number will not rise.

US President Donald Trump has pledged to provide flood victims with all they need. “You’re going to have what you need and it’s going to go fast,”. Trump said.

He added that he will visit southeast Texas on Tuesday and says he may go back to Texas and Louisiana on Saturday to see that officials have all they need. He has already declared 18 Texas counties and parts of neighboring Louisiana a disaster area, making them eligible for federal help. The Texas governor has declared 54 counties as disaster areas, making them eligible for state aid.