MIAMI, Florida- The National Hurricane Center says the outer rainbands of Hurricane Harvey are swiping the lower and middle Texas coastline. Catastrophic flooding is expected across southern and southeastern Texas. Harvey is centered at 10 a.m. CDT about 115 miles (185 km) southeast of Corpus Christi. On the forecast track, Harvey will make landfall on the middle Texas coast tonight or early Saturday. Harvey is then likely to meander near or just inland of the middle Texas coast through the weekend. Maximum sustained windsare near 110 mph (175 km/h) with higher gusts – a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some strengthening is possible, and Harvey is forecast to become a major hurricane before it reaches the middle Texas coast with a maximum winds speed up to 120 mph and higher gusts.
A Storm Surge Warning continues from Port Mansfield to High Island Texas and a Storm Surge Watch from south of Port Mansfield Texas to the Mouth of the Rio Grande. A Hurricane Warning continues from Port Mansfield to Sargent and a Tropical Storm Warning from north of Sargent to High Island and from south of Port Mansfield Texas to the Mouth of the Rio Grande. A Tropical Storm Watch continues from south of the Mouth of the Rio Grande to Boca de Catan, Mexico.
All last-minute preparations should be rushed to completion since tropical storm conditions are likely just beginning in portions of the hurricane and tropical storm warning areas. Hurricane conditions are likely to begin within the hurricane
warning area later today or tonight. Tropical storm conditions are likely to persist along portions of the coast through at least Sunday.
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