Hurricane Harvey is threatening many areas across United States. It is rapidly sweeping towards Texas. While people have been preparing to face the onslaught as the hurricane gathers speed and winds become all the more powerful, officials are working overtime to manage that the impact of the powerful hurricane is not felt by the locals.
There are predictions of high winds battering the entire state in the coming few hours. Both the coastal areas and the cities are expected to be hit hard by the lurking hurricane.
Weather department said that the Harvey which strengthened to Category 2 overnight, could hit the city as Category 3 hurricane or higher — with winds of at least 111 miles per hour by early Saturday. Very heavy rains are expected to make things all the more difficult for people across the state.
National Weather Service says that the Weather As of 1:00 a.m. CDT (06:00 UTC) August 25, Hurricane Harvey is located within 15 nautical miles of 25.6°N 95.1°W, about 210 miles (335 km) southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, or about 210 miles (335 km) south-southeast of Port O’Connor, Texas. Maximum sustained winds are 90 knots (105 mph; 165 km/h), a Category 2 on the Saffir–Simpson scale, with gusts up to 105 knots (120 mph; 195 km/h). The minimum barometric pressure is 958 mbar (hPa; 28.29 inHg), and the system is moving north-northwest at 9 knots (10 mph; 17 km/h). Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center of Harvey, and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center.
National Weather Service says that in the aftermath of the landfall, Hurricane Harvey is expected to stall over Texas, and could dump more than 35 inches of rain onto some areas, overwhelming bayous and flooding streets.
It should be kept in mind that the state’s largest city, Houston, is flood-prone. But emergency officials said they did not expect to order evacuations as the storm that Mayor Sylvester Turner called “a rainmaker” neared.