Texas, USA (Web Desk) The State of Texas’s coast is under warning to evacuate as Hurricane Harvey continues to intensify and is currently a Category 3 hurricane, with landfall just a few hours away along the Texas Gulf Coast.
Harvey is expected to be the nation’s first Category 3 or stronger landfall in almost 12 years tonight, poised to clobber the Texas Gulf Coast with catastrophic rainfall flooding, dangerous storm-surge flooding and destructive winds this weekend that could leave parts of the area uninhabitable for an extended period of time.
Harvey’s central pressure has plummeted once again, another 25-plus millibars since early this morning, as another rapid intensification phase is ongoing.
Outer rainbands are currently spiraling ashore as far north as the upper Texas and Louisiana coasts, bringing periods of heavy rain and gusty winds.
Tropical-storm-force winds are occurring along portions of the Texas coast, and sustained hurricane-force winds are about to move onshore along the Texas Coastal Bend. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
A station at Aransas Pass, run by the Texas Coastal Observing Network, recently reported a sustained wind of 67 mph with a gust to 81 mph.
Water levels are already 1 to 2 feet above average tide levels as of this afternoon near Corpus Christi and Port Aransas, Texas, and levels are continuing to rise.
A hurricane warning has been issued for a portion of the Texas coast, from Port Mansfield to Sargent, including the city of Corpus Christi. A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are likely within the warning area. In this case, hurricane conditions are likely within 12 hours.
Importantly, sustained hurricane-force winds are about to move onshore within the hurricane warning area specified above.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect from north of Sargent to High Island, Texas, including the cities of Houston and Galveston