MIAMI, Florida- The NHS says Major Hurricane Harvey is bearing down on the Texas coast. Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding due to heavy rain and storm surge is expected. Harvey is centered at 4 p.m. CDT about 60 miles (95 km) east-southeast of Corpus Christi. On the forecast track, Harvey will make landfall on the middle Texas
coast tonight or early Saturday, then likely to meander near or just inland of the middle Texas coast through the weekend.
Interests in southwestern Louisiana should continue to monitor the progress of this system.
Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 125 mph (205 km/h) with higher gusts. Harvey is a solid Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some additional strengthening is possible before Harvey makes landfall overnight. Weakening is then expected over the weekend while the center moves inland over Texas.
A Storm Surge Warning continues from Port Mansfield to High Island, Texas; a Hurricane Warning from Port Mansfield to Sargent Texas; and a Tropical Storm Warning from north of Sargent to High Island, Texas. Tropical storm conditions are occurring in portions of the hurricane and tropical storm warning areas, and hurricane conditions are expected to begin within the hurricane warning area in the next few hours. Tropical storm conditions are likely to persist along portions of the coast through at least Sunday.