JOQ: IMO there is never a stupid question, you're brilliant to ask. Below you'll find just a few examples about what's taking place, and reports are being updated by the minute.
Hurricane Harvey is an active tropical cyclone that is causing unprecedented and catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas. It is the first major hurricane[nb 1] to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year period with no major hurricanes making landfall in the United States. Harvey is also the first hurricane to hit the state of Texas since Ike in 2008, and the strongest to hit the state since Carla in 1961. In addition, it is the strongest hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico since Hurricane Rita in 2005 and the strongest to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Charley in 2004.
Source Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Harvey
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has activated the entire Texas National Guard, he said today, in response to the "epic and catastrophic" flooding left behind in the southeast part of the state from Hurricane Harvey.
The total number of guardsmen available to the state is roughly 12,000, and all of them will be used in support of recovery efforts in southeast Texas, according to Abbott.
Houston, the country’s fourth largest city, has been inundated with flooding as result of Harvey, which made landfall late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and lingered as a tropical storm over the weekend.
Full article from ABC (8/28/2107 at 4:45 PM ET): http://abcnews.go.com/US/epic-catastrophic-flooding-devastates-houston-rainfall-forecast/story?id=49462873
These links are really helpful to catch you up on how this catastrophe started:
Hurricane Harvey: What Happened and What's Next: The New York Times Article
Why Hurricane Harvey became so extreme: Scientist American
If you have a moment, do a Google search: Hurricane Harvey and you will be able to catch up on the devastation taking place.