Hurricane Harvey makes landfall on Texas coast-category 4




Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor Friday night as a powerful Category 4 storm. As of 10 p.m. Friday, the storm had sustained winds of 130 mph and was moving northwest at 7 mph, with a minimum central pressure of 938 mb.

The National Hurricane Center says catastrophic flooding is expected in that area due to heavy rainfall and storm surge. The eye of the storm made landfall about 30 miles east northeast of Corpus Christi and about 45 miles southwest of Port O’Connor. The National Hurricane Center released the following advisory at 10 p.m.

 

At 1000 PM CDT (0300 UTC), the center of Hurricane Harvey was located near latitude 28.0 North, longitude 97.0 West. Harvey has just made landfall on the Texas coast over the northern end of San Jose Island about 4 miles (6 km) east of Rockport. Harvey is moving toward the northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h). The hurricane is expected to slow its forward motion and move slowly over southeastern Texas during the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts. Harvey is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours while the center of Harvey is over southeastern Texas. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km). A Texas Coastal Ocean Observing Network station at Aransas Pass recently reported sustained winds of 111 mph (178 km/h) and a wind gust of 131 mph (211 km/h). The minimum central pressure just reported by an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is 938 mb (27.70 inches).

 

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