Hurricane Harvey strikes Texas

Hurricane Harvey strikes Texas

Hurricane Harvey made landfall northeast of Corpus Christi as a Category 4 storm with winds of up to 130 miles per hour.

Hurricane Harvey is making landfall on the Texas coast, and satellite is capturing the incredible fury.

As of 0100 GMT Saturday, Harvey was located about 35 miles east of Corpus Christi - a major hub for the American oil industry - and moving at eight miles an hour, the National Hurricane Center said.

Parts of Texas are already seeing a storm surge 0.7m above normal. Meteorologists determined about 5 a.m., Saturday, Harvey was a Category 2 and an hour later a Category 1 with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.

Hurricane Harvey has battered the Texas coast with 130mph winds after making landfall - but has weakened to a tropical storm as it moves slowly inland. Those wanting to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey can do so by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. "This will lead to staggering prolific amounts of rain".

He described those storms as "much worse". It was since been downgraded to a tropical storm.

Voluntary evacuations have been urged for Corpus Christi and for the Bolivar Peninsula, a sand spit near Galveston where many homes were washed away by the storm surge of Hurricane Ike in 2008. "But the opposite is true".

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There have been several reports of trees and power lines down across the city.

Harvey is the first Category 4 hurricane to hit the Texas coast since Hurricane Carla in 1961.

The hurricane center continued to warn those in southwest Louisiana to keep an eye on Harvey's progress.

Mayor Charlie Wax told CBSN that the town has suffered "widespread damage" as the storm continues to dump rain across southeast Texas.

"It's possible that this could be a double-landfall hurricane", Masters said. Forecasters said the extreme southwestern part of the state could get 15 to 20 inches of rain over seven days.

Officials in many coastal cities are encouraging residents to evacuate. Corpus Christi asked people who were still in the city to boil their tap water. Two cities, Port Aransas and Aransas Pass, have declared mandatory evacuations.

Experts are predicting the economic impact of the storm to equal that of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. People in Brazoria County who live on the Gulf side of the Intracoastal Canal have also been asked to flee, according to The Weather Channel.