The outer bands of Hurricane Harvey have just begun swiping Texas’ coast. More than 35 inches of rain and ‘catastrophic’ storm-surge flooding is predicted following landfall late Friday or early Saturday, announced the National Hurricane Center.
The National Weather Service in Houston issued horrifying announcement as they predicted the hurricane could leave wide swaths of South Texas ‘uninhabitable for weeks or even months.’ Such frightening announcement hasn’t been seen since Hurricane Katrina, which left more than 1,800 people dead in 2005.
Even though Harvey is still a Category 2 hurricane, it’s on track to strengthen to Category 3 very soon. The Category 3 means winds of at least 111mph. It is expected to become a category 3 hurricane by the time it makes landfall around Corpus Christi, forecasters said.
The hurricane warning is in effect for about 1.5 million people, with another 16 million under a tropical storm warning.
“Texas is about to have a very significant disaster,” said Brock Long, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Millions of residents were urged to evacuate. The evacuation process caused extensive traffic jams along the state’s highways, while other people boarded up windows and stocked up on food and water as well as other supplies ahead of the storm. The hurricane is expected to last for few days.
“All indications from the hurricane center are that this is going to be the first major hurricane the nation has dealt with since 2005,” Brock Long said.
Let’s all keep the residents of Texas in our prayers! They need them a lot!
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