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The Latest: Death toll from Harvey rises to at least 18

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   HOUSTON (AP) -- The Latest on Tropical Storm Harvey (all times local):
   10 p.m.
   The death toll from Harvey has risen to at least 18 as three more fatalities have been confirmed in the Houston area.
   The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences updated its storm-related deaths Tuesday night to include an 89-year-old woman, Agnes Stanley, who was found floating in 4 feet of floodwater in a home. A 76-year-old woman was found floating in floodwater near a vehicle. Her name was not released. A 45-year-old man, Travis Lynn Callihan, left his vehicle and fell into floodwaters. He was taken to a hospital, where he died Monday.
   Family members and authorities have reported at least 18 deaths although the bodies of some victims apparently swept away in the floodwaters have not been found.

   9:30 p.m.
   Singapore's defense ministry says as many as four of its military helicopters will start assisting in Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts Wednesday.
   The CH-47 Chinook helicopters are stationed in Grand Prairie, Texas, as part of a decades-long partnership between the Republic of Singapore Air Force and Texas National Guard. Singaporean airmen who train there learn how to face large-scale emergencies.
   The ministry says the helicopters will be able to airlift troops, evacuees and supplies in the relief effort.
   Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made the offer in a call with President Donald Trump late Tuesday. Both leaders are set to meet at the White House in October.
   Singapore made a similar offer after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
   9:15 p.m.
   Houston officials are opening a major shelter at NRG Park that can accommodate up to 10,000 evacuees from Harvey.
   Darian Ward, a spokeswoman for Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, said the convention center adjacent to the city's NFL stadium and the Astrodome will open at 10 p.m. Tuesday.
   The new shelter will provide the city with additional capacity because the number of evacuees at the George R. Brown Convention Center is approaching 10,000, double its original capacity.
   8:40 p.m.
   Just 500 cots are being added to the floor of the Toyota Center, as the nearby downtown convention center will remain the primary major shelter for evacuees of Tropical Storm Harvey.
   Tom McCasland, Houston's housing and community development director, told The Associated Press Tuesday that the Toyota Center-- where the NBA's Houston Rockets play -- will serve as an overflow center for people still arriving Tuesday night and early Wednesday. It will only serve families with children that don't have pressing medical needs.
   The George R. Brown Convention Center has an estimated 9,000 people seeking shelter. McCasland says more cots are on the way for thousands of people who didn't have one Monday night. Some people slept on towels or strips of cardboard.
   He says, "We fully expect to have everyone in a cot tonight."
   8:30 p.m.
   Federal and local agencies say they have rescued more than 13,000 people in the Houston area as well as in surrounding cities and counties in Southeast Texas since Tropical Storm Harvey inundated the area with torrential rain.
   Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Tuesday his agency has rescued about 4,100 people.
   Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pe±a says his agency has rescued more than 3,000.
   Parisa Safarzadeh, a spokeswoman for the Harris County Sheriff's Office says her agency has rescued more than 3,000 people. Houston is located in Harris County.
   U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Mike Hart says his agency has rescued more than 3,000 individuals. Hart says the Coast Guard total includes rescues in Houston, but also in outlying cities and subdivisions outside of Houston, as well as in surrounding counties, including Brazoria, Galveston and Matagorda.
   8:15 p.m.
   Beaumont police say a woman has died after she and her young daughter were swept into a rain-swollen drainage canal while trying to escape their stalled vehicle.
   A police statement said the woman pulled her vehicle into a theater parking lot about 3:35 p.m. Tuesday, where it became stalled by high water. The woman then took her daughter, exited the car and was swept about a half-mile away.
   Two Beaumont police officers and two fire-rescue divers in a rubber boat spotted the mother floating with the child, who was holding onto her mother. Officers pulled the child and the mother into the boat. The child was responsive but suffering from hypothermia; the mother was unresponsive and efforts to revive her failed. The child is hospitalized in stable condition.
   Authorities and family members have so far reported more than a dozen deaths from Harvey.
   7:55 p.m.
   Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has amended his curfew order to run from midnight to 5 a.m., instead of beginning at 10 p.m.
   Turner announced the change on Twitter Tuesday evening, about an hour after initially imposing the curfew.
   Police Chief Art Acevedo said at an earlier news conference that curfew violators will be stopped, questioned, searched and arrested.
   There have been scattered reports of looting during the flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey.
   7:35 p.m.
   Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says that the Toyota Center -- home of the NBA's Rockets -- has been opened as a shelter for people displaced by flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey.
   Turner announced during a news conference Tuesday evening that the downtown basketball arena will be used to help reduce overflow at the nearby George R. Brown Convention Center, which is now sheltering 10,000 people. Officials had initially planned to have 5,000 individuals at the convention center.
   Turner says people will still have to go to the convention center first before going into the Toyota Center.
   Turner thanked Rockets owner Les Alexander for letting the city use the basketball arena as a shelter and also thanked him for his donation of $10 million for Harvey relief efforts.
   Turner says because Houston police have been spread thin due to ongoing water rescues and other efforts, 50 Texas National Guard members will be stationed at the convention center to provide security.
   7:20 p.m.
   Officials say they have evacuated homes northeast of Houston after a chemical company said there is a risk of an explosion at its flooded plant.
   The Harris County Fire Marshal's office said in a tweet Tuesday that homes within 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) of the Arkema plant in Crosby have been evacuated out of precaution.
   Arkema says in a news release that it manufactures organic peroxides in Crosby, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Houston. The company says the chemical compounds must be stored at low temperatures, but it lost refrigerated storage after power went out and backup generators were inundated.
   Arkema said it shut down the Crosby site before Harvey made landfall last week, but a crew of 11 had been kept onsite. That group was removed Tuesday.
   7 p.m.
   Harris County has confirmed the storm-related death of 64-year-old Alexander Kwoksum Sung, who drowned at a clock repair business Sunday in Houston. He was found in more than a foot of debris on Monday.
   Authorities and family members have so far reported more than 10 deaths from Harvey.
   6:45 p.m.
   Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says he is imposing a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in order to ensure public safety.
   Turner says at a news conference Tuesday that there is no reason for people to be on the streets during those hours.
   Police Chief Art Acevedo said violators will be stopped, questioned, searched and arrested.
   There have been scattered reports of looting during the flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey.
   6:30 p.m.
   Authorities at a small city near Houston say a boater who was helping rescue people from the Harvey floodwaters has located a deceased man.
   Friendswood Police spokeswoman Lisa Price said Tuesday authorities are not exactly sure how the man died and they haven't been able to confirm his identity.
   Price says officers are still on the scene and the body has been taken to a funeral home.
   Authorities earlier had confirmed five deaths that are believed to be related to Harvey. Another six people are missing and presumed dead after a van fell into a bayou.
   6:25 p.m.
   One of the nation's busiest trauma centers has abandoned evacuation plans and will discharge patients more quickly as it prepares for an expected surge of new patients with injuries related to Harvey.
   Spokesman Bryan McLeod said Tuesday that Ben Taub Hospital's case management workers will help patients who "no longer require hospitalization" get back home or to shelters if their homes are flooded or inaccessible.
   McLeod said "we're going to need those beds once the next wave comes."
   Ben Taub is Houston's main public hospital of last resort, and many patients are poor and uninsured.
   Building repairs continue on a burst sewage pipe and leaks that damaged the basement of the hospital's main building and affected pharmacy, food service and other key operations.
   McLeod said the hospital has enough food to last until Thursday, when all hospital staff and administrators will be expected back at work.

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