Texas Braces for Massive Storm, Hurricane Harvey will be a Major Disaster 8/25/2017

Texas Braces for Massive Storm, Hurricane Harvey will be a Major Disaster

Hurricane Harvey will be major disaster: Texas governor

Media caption: Nick Miller has the forecast for Texas as Harvey hits

Texas is facing a “very major disaster” as Hurricane Harvey approaches its coastline, the state’s governor says.

Harvey, currently a category three storm in the Gulf of Mexico, will make landfall on Texas’ central coast late on Friday or early on Saturday.

Greg Abbott has asked for more federal aid for the storm, which may be the worst to hit the US in 12 years.

The National Hurricane Center said storm surges may bring life-threatening floods in and around Houston.

The storm may bring 35in (97cm) of rain, 130mph (210km/h) winds and 12ft (3.5m) storm surges, say forecasters.

Mr Abbott said Harvey was now “turning into a very complex and dangerous hurricane”.

In a letter to President Donald Trump requesting federal aid, Mr Abbott said: “The storm surge, coupled with the deluge of rain, could easily lead to billions of dollars of property damage and almost certainly loss of life.”

The White House said Mr Trump is likely to visit Texas early next week.

Source: BBC
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Hurricane Harvey: Texas braces for massive storm

Texas is bracing itself for Hurricane Harvey, which may be the worst storm to hit the US mainland in 12 years.

Harvey, currently a category two storm in the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to make landfall on Texas’ central coast late on Friday or early Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center said storm surges may bring life-threatening floods in and around Houston.

The storm may bring 35in (97cm) of rain, 130mph (210km/h) winds and 12ft (3.5m) storm surges, say forecasters.

At 10:00 local time (15:00 GMT), the eye of Harvey was about 115 miles south-east of the Texas coastal city of Corpus Christi, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. It had sustained winds of 110mph.

Harvey – which has been gaining strength – is likely to strike at the heart of Texas’s oil refining industry.

Oil-rich Houston, the fourth biggest city in the US, could face up to 20in of rain over the coming days, officials there said.

Meteorologists are warning of extremely high volumes of rainfall as the storm stalls over the middle Texas coast.

They say Harvey could remain in the area, dumping rain until the middle of next week.

On top of that, the central Texas coast is likely to see a significant storm surge – this happens when low pressure at sea “lifts” tides to a level higher than normal, up to 12ft in this case, and high winds then blow the water in land.

The NHC said it expected “catastrophic flooding” across the coast and in some inland areas throughout south-east Texas.

Source: BBC

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