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Harvey reaches hurricane strength before Texas landfall, up to 20 inches of rain possible

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Long lines extended from grocery stores along the Texas Gulf Coast early Thursday as residents braced for a slow-moving tropical storm that forecasters say could drop as much as 20 inches of rain.

A hurricane warning was issued for much of Texas’ central and southern coast on Thursday morning, spanning a region home to roughly 1.4 million people, as Harvey regained strength while drifting into the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is expected to make landfall late Friday or early Saturday.

Of the people in 16 counties under a hurricane warning, about 325,000 of them are in Corpus Christi. Another 12 million people are under a tropical storm warning, including San Antonio and Houston.


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my daughter who lives in Houston just left us this morning by plane from Albany to Houston...She made it to Texas OK and I hope she stays housebound  for a few days...

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I hope she stays safe....


From: Wee Shorty McNaughty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostAug-25 3:03 PM 
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Hurricane Harvey grows stronger, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott calls for evacuations

 Hurricane Harvey, packing 110 mile-per-hour winds, is on track to be the strongest hurricane to strike the United States in 12 years and to deliver a devastating combination of storm surge, wind and flooding to South Texas.

The storm is expected to make landfall late Friday night or Saturday morning near this city of 320,000 and then stall for several days, inundating the Gulf Coast with what forecasters predict will be “catastrophic flooding.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday afternoon urged citizens to evacuate immediately from low-lying and coastal areas in the final hours before the storm comes ashore. People may think they can ride out the initial storm surge, he said, but “what you don’t know and what nobody else knows right now is the magnitude of flooding that will be coming.”

Abbott said he’d sent a request to President Trump to declare a major federal disaster in Texas.


From: Wee Shorty McNaughty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostAug-25 3:52 PM 
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Thousands flee from Texas coast as Category 3 Hurricane Harvey nears

With time running out, tens of thousands of people fled from the path of Hurricane Harvey Friday as it picked up strength and took aim at a wide swath of the Texas Gulf Coast that includes oil refineries, chemical plants and dangerously flood-prone Houston, the nation's fourth-largest city.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott warned that the monster system would be "a very major disaster," and the menacing forecasts drew fearful comparisons to Hurricane Katrina, one of the nation's deadliest.

"We know that we've got millions of people who are going to feel the impact of this storm," said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman and meteorologist for the National Hurricane Center. "We really pray that people are listening to their emergency managers and get out of harm's way."

Aside from savage winds and storm surges, the system was expected to drop prodigious amounts of rain. The resulting flooding, one expert said, could be "the depths of which we've never seen."


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Hurricane Harvey Strengthens To Category 4 Storm

The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Harvey has strengthened to a Category 4 storm.

The center says Harvey has maximum wind speeds of 120 mph (193.11 kph) as the powerful storm churns off the Texas coast. Forecasters are labeling it a “life-threatening storm.”

The storm quickly grew Thursday from a tropical depression into a Category 1 hurricane, and then developed into a Category 2 storm early Friday. By Friday afternoon, it had become a Category 3 storm. It’s forecast to make landfall in Texas late Friday or early Saturday.


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Flood threat rises as Harvey dumps torrential rains on Texas

 The most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. state of Texas in more than 50 years moved slowly inland on Saturday, dumping torrential rain expected to cause catastrophic flooding after battering the coast with 130 miles per hour (209 km per hour) winds.

Texas utility companies said just under a quarter of a million customers were without power. Wind and rain continued to lash the coast as residents began to assess the damage.

Harvey is the strongest storm to hit Texas, the center of the U.S. oil and gas industry, since 1961.

The seaside town of Rockport, 30 miles (48 km) north of the city of Corpus Christi, was hit hard.

Several homes had collapsed, and many more buildings suffered damage. Roofs had been ripped off some, and windows blown in.

The streets were flooded and strewn with power lines and debris. At a recreational vehicle sales lot, a dozen vehicles were flipped over and one had been blown into the middle of the street outside.


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Harvey, now a tropical storm, drenches Texas after devastating coast

Texans who rode out the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in a decade ventured out Saturday to find "widespread devastation" as Hurricane Harvey lumbered north in what was "now turning into a deadly inland event."

With dire warnings of tornadoes, torrential downpours and days of flooding to come, broad swaths of southeast Texas were littered with uprooted trees, toppled signs, flagpoles that snapped like toothpicks and clusters of bricks peeled like scabs from walls and rooftops.
Fatalities were feared in coastal Rockport, Texas, where an estimated 5,000 residents had stayed put for the storm that blasted ashore as a Category 4 around 11 p.m. ET Friday between Port Aransas and Port O'Connor, Aransas County Sheriff Bill Mills said.

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Port Aransas officials launch rescue operation after ‘major damage,’ mayor says

Port Aransas officials are struggling to get back into town to conduct search and rescue after Hurricane Harvey caused major damage, including ripping apart a mobile home park, the mayor said Saturday afternoon.

There are no confirmed fatalities or injuries at this point, Mayor Charles Bujan said in a phone interview, but officials have little information as they work to clear debris in order to get back into town.

He has heard from residents who stayed during the storm that the town’s harbor and marina are “pretty well wiped out,” but he has not yet confirmed that, he said. The U.S. Coast Guard has dispatched helicopters to assess the damage.

RELATED: Gulf Coast cities, counties begin damage assessments as Harvey moves north

“I do know that our town has absorbed a major hit,” said Bujan, who is helping conduct the operation from Corpus Christi. “To be honest with you, I’m sick to my stomach.”


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Three dead and major flooding predicted as Harvey slams into Texas

At least three people have died since Hurricane Harvey came ashore on Texas’ Gulf Coast as a powerful Category 4 storm Friday night, drenching low-lying areas, tearing roofs off buildings and leaving more than 300,000 homes and businesses without power.

Roy Laird, assistant fire chief with the Rockport Volunteer Fire Department, said three people were dead in Aransas County. Emergency responders continued to comb through the debris of collapsed buildings, overturned trailers, broken power poles and uprooted palm trees.

Harvey, with winds topping 130 mph, is the first Category 4 storm to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Charley struck Florida in 2004 and the first to hit Texas since Hurricane Carla in 1961.

Local and state officials had yet to uncover the full extent of Harvey’s damage. Heavy rain and lashing winds had cut off power to thousands of residents and covered roads in debris, blocking access to many coastal towns.


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