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This is how much rain has fallen in Houston

Harvey set a record for US rainfall from a tropical system Tuesday, which likely came as no surprise to anyone who has been watching the flooding and devastation in the Houston area over the past few days.”

The most rainfall from the storm so far was recorded Tuesday in Cedar Bayou, where 51.88 inches fell.

That’s equivalent to just over four feet — which is the median height for an 8-year-old boy, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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The rainfall set a record for the continental US, but not for the US as a whole. Fifty-two inches of rain fell in Hawaii during tropical cyclone Hiki in 1950.

Residents waded through floodwaters as they evacuated their homes near the Addicks Reservoir on Tuesday.
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Residents waded through floodwaters as they evacuated their homes near the Addicks Reservoir on Tuesday.

The rainfall on Winding Road was just a sampling of a region that has been inundated with water over the past several days. A map of Harris County, where Houston is located, shows the effects — several saw different readings over 40 inches, and dozens received over 30 inches during the storm.

Harris County Flood Warning System

In fact, this was so much rain, the National Weather Service had to create a new purple color on their graphics in order to accurately portray how much precipitation had fallen. (We’re sure Prince would be proud there’s an official portrayal of “purple rain.”)

Here’s a look at the areas in Texas where the most rain was recorded as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

In some parts of the Houston area, nearly 11 inches of rain fell in one day.

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The weather service says sunshine will finally return Wednesday for the first time since Harvey made landfall last week. And Wednesday morning officials in Texas said nearly all Houston-area waterways inundated by Harvey’s record rainfall have crested.

Jeff Lindner of the Harris County Flood Control District says river levels are going down Wednesday ‘‘for the first time in several days.’’

But water levels are continuing to rise in two flood-control reservoirs.

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Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.