Hurricane Harvey is now a Category 4 “super storm”, just hours from landfall

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Harvey on track of destruction

CORPUS CHRISTIE, Tex (INTELLIHUB) — Hurricane Harvey is rapidly intensifying and has now become a Category 4  hurricane that is expected to reach land within the next couple of hours along the Gulf Coast.

“Harvey will be the nation’s first major (Category 3 or stronger) hurricane landfall in almost 12 years tonight, poised to clobber the Texas Gulf Coast with catastrophic rainfall flooding, dangerous storm-surge flooding and destructive winds this weekend that could leave parts of the area uninhabitable for an extended period of time,” CNN reported.

“The National Hurricane Center warns that some areas will see as much as 13 feet of storm surge and large, destructive waves. Maximum sustained wind speeds were at 130 mph Friday night. And there’s the rain that the slow-moving storm is expected to produce. Because it is expected to come to a near halt inland, Harvey could drop as much as 40 inches of rain in some places, and up to 30 inches in others, by Wednesday.”

According to The Weather Channel:

  • Harvey is now a Category 4 hurricane off the coast of Texas and continues to strengthen.
  • It is expected to make landfall as a major hurricane tonight along the Texas Gulf Coast.
  • Harvey will then stall or meander for several days, leading to a threat of catastrophic flooding in parts of Texas.
  • Dangerous storm-surge flooding, damaging winds and a couple tornadoes are also threats.
  • Hurricane, tropical storm and storm surge warnings have been issued for parts of Texas.

Stay tuned as Intellihub News will be following the storm throughout the weekend, including reports from our founder in Austin, Texas.

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