Tropical storm Harvey is expected to make landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast by Friday 25th August, bringing with it strong winds, heavy flooding and torrential rains.
Hurricane, tropical storm and storm surge watches are in effect for counties on the eastern coast of Texas as the storm moves across the Gulf of Mexico, where it may strengthen into a hurricane. According to the National Weather Service, winds of up to 75 mph (120 kmph) and 15 inches of rain (40 cm) are forecast.
The storm may strengthen into a hurricane by the time it makes landfall near Corpus Christi on Friday, the National Weather Service said. Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster on Wednesday for 30 counties, authorising the use of state resources to prepare for the storm. Harvey “poses a threat of imminent disaster, including severe flooding, storm surge and damaging winds”, Abbott’s statement said.