According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm off of the Texas Gulf Coast is now being categorized as a hurricane. Tropical Storm Harvey is considered Category 1, with sustained winds of 80mph.
Harvey is projected to hit the middle Texas Coast as a major hurricane. Though it was originally projected to only reach a Category 1, it could be a Category 3 storm with winds reaching up to 111mph.
Many Texans are preparing for the hurricane by filling sandbags, stocking up on water, and boarding up windows. According to CNN, the potential deluge and flooding may be a big source of danger.
The storm is expected to make landfall in Corpus Christi, Texas, on late Friday or early Saturday. It is then projected to stall over the state.
The weather service said, “Harvey is likely to bring multiple hazards, including heavy rainfall, storm surge, and possible hurricanes conditions to portions of the Texas coast beginning on Friday.”
On Wednesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in 30 counties along the Gulf of Mexico. Doing this allowed agencies to “quickly deploy resources for the emergency response.”
Harvey is predicted to be the first category 3 hurricane to make landfall in 12 years. The last one was Wilma in 2005.
Please be praying for the safety of everyone that will be affected by this hurricane. This story is progressing. Check back for updates as they occur. In other breaking news, a Walmart Great Value product was just recalled for its linkage to a harmful disease.