Texas Braces for Hurricane Harvey

Texas Braces for Hurricane Harvey

The major hurricane is expected to make landfall late Friday night.

By Katelyn Newman , Digital Producer, Staff Writer Aug. 25, 2017, at 8:26 a.m.

Texas Braces for Hurricane Harvey

A sign reading “Be Nice Harvey” was left behind on a boarded up business Thursday in Port Aransas, Texas. (ERIC GAY/AP)

Residents and officials on the east coast of Texas are making last-minute efforts Friday to prepare for Hurricane Harvey ahead of its pending landfall.

As of 8 a.m. EDT, the storm was categorized as a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, with maximum wind speeds reaching 110 mph. It is 140 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, moving northwest at 10 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A sign reading "Be Nice Harvey" was left behind on a boarded up business, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Port Aransas, Texas. Port Aransas is under a mandatory evacuation for Hurricane Harvey. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas Braces for Hurricane Harvey

Weather models predict that Harvey will drench east Texas with 15 to 25 inches of rain, with up to 35 inches in some isolated areas along the middle and upper Texas coast through Wednesday. Storm surge warnings and watches have also been issued along the majority of Texas’ eastern shores, with the largest surge, estimated between 6 to 12 feet, expected to impact land stretching from the north entrance of Padre Island National Seashore to Sargent.

Slowing down closer to the coast, Harvey is expected to make landfall late Friday night or early Saturday morning as a Category 3 hurricane. It will be the first hurricane to hit Texas’ coastline since 2008 and the first major hurricane to slam into the U.S. in 12 years, since Hurricane Katrina.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pre-emptively declared a state of disaster for 30 counties Wednesday. On Thursday, he discussed hurricane preparedness with President Donald Trump, acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke and Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long, according to the governor’s office. Trump told Abbott that the federal government will assist the Lone Star state in preparations as well as rescue and recovery efforts as needed.

Abbott also activated 700 members of the Texas National Guard ahead of the hurricane and has military helicopters on standby in Austin and San Antonio if needed for rescues and emergency evacuations.

Officials in Calhoun, Victoria, Jackson, San Patricio and Refugio counties north of Corpus Christi issued evacuation orders Thursday, along with the cities of Portland, Rockport, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Ingleside and Robstown. All residents of Brazoria County who live on the Gulf side of the Intracoastal Canal have been ordered to evacuate as well.

Corpus Christi’s Mayor Joe McComb strongly advised residents to evacuate the city Thursday, but did not implement an evacuation order.

“We could mandate it, but people need to make a decision of their own. I’m not going to risk our police and fire people going to try and drag somebody out of the house if they don’t want to go,” McComb said at a press conference.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued a statementThursday asking Texans in the hurricane’s path to remain vigilant as they brace for the storm.

“As Texas prepares for the potential impact in the Gulf Coast region from [Hurricane] Harvey, I urge all Texans in the path of the storm to heed warnings from local officials, know your evacuation route, and avoid all high water areas,” Cruz said.

Tropical Storm Harvey Expected To Pound Texas With Heavy Rainfall

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