Hurricane Harvey

7 a.m. Friday Radar Image of Hurricane Harvey and  1 p.m. forecast track courtesy: National Hurricane Center, National Weather Service, NOAA

At 2 p.m. Central Time, the National Hurricane Center updated Hurricane Harvey to a Category 3 hurricane, moving NW at 10 mph with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. It was located 75 miles ESE of Corpus Christi, Texas and 85 miles south of Port OConnor, Texas.  Tide gauges also reported 1-2 feet storm surge at Port Aransas, Texas.  The NHC forecasts Hurricane Harvey to make landfall on the middle Texas Gulf Coast tonight or early Saturday.

The following NHC watches and warnings at 1 p.m. Friday are in effect:

“Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…
* Port Mansfield to High Island Texas

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for…
* South of Port Mansfield Texas to the Mouth of the Rio Grande

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Port Mansfield to Sargent Texas

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* North of Sargent to High Island Texas
* South of Port Mansfield Texas to the Mouth of the Rio Grande

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* South of the Mouth of the Rio Grande to Boca de Catan Mexico”

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott has activated the National Guard and asked residents to evacuate when they are ordered to leave.  President Donald Trump also tweeted residents to follow the advice and instructions of local officials to stay safe.

At 2 p.m., Houston Hobby Airport reported 51 flight delays and 56 cancelled flights. Houston’s Bush Intercontinental reported 73 delays and 43 flight cancellations.

For  information on watches and warnings and updates on Hurricane Harvey, visit http://www.nhc.gov.  For local Harvey storm impacts, stay tuned to local broadcast stations, social media of your local national weather service, local emergency management, local city and county officials.

Houston area residents continue to prepare for the storm’s heavy rainfall and flooding to come by stocking up on food, bottled water, gas, rain gear, essentials and check on senior family and friends today.

Gas was available at stations in Bellaire, Texas on Friday morning. Bellaire, Texas Mayor Andrew Friedberg  issued a disaster declaration for this Houston area community and asked everyone to move their parked vehicles off city and neighborhood streets before Hurricane Harvey.

 

 

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