Morning top 5: Hurricane Harvey hits Texas; man shot dead in Brussels; and North Korea launches missiles

The top stories this Saturday morning

Hurricane Harvey is lashing the Texas Gulf coast with high winds and torrential rains.

The biggest storm to hit mainland America in more than a decade has been upgraded to category 4, with a prediction of catastrophic damage.

Power to some homes was knocked out, and signs and pieces of palm tree littered the streets as the storm took hold.

There are also reports of roofs collapsing into houses, trees being uprooted and buildings being destroyed.

US President Donald Trump has signed a disaster proclamation.


Soldiers in Brussels have shot dead a man wielding a machete after he attacked three of them.

Prosecutors are treating it as an "attempted terrorist murder".

The 30-year-old is said to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he charged at security services on Friday night.


North Korea has fired three short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast.

The US military had said the first and third missiles had failed in flight, but later revised its assessment to say they flew about 155 miles (250km).

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said: "The military is keeping a tight surveillance over the North to cope with further provocations."

The launches come as tens of thousands of South Korean and US troops take part in joint military drills in the South.


The Air Corps have flown over parts of Donegal to assess what's been described as a 'disaster zone'.

It is estimated up to 500 homes could have been affected by this weeks severe flooding.

The cost of the clean-up operation will not be known until the full extent of the destruction has been assessed.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visited the county last night and said it is "extraordinary" nobody was killed or injured.


Thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Spanish town of Cambrils to remember victims of last week's terror attack.

Another gathering is planned this afternoon in Barcelona against extremism.

15 people died and more than 120 were injured after the attacks there and in Barcelona.