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Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall on the Texas coast late Friday night or early Saturday morning. As of 1 a.m. on Friday Harvey was a Category 2, but it was expected to strengthen to a Category 3 before landfall.
This could be the first major hurricane, Category 3 or higher, to make landfall in the United States in about 12 years. The last major hurricane to make landfall was Hurricane Wilma, a Category 3, in 2005.
Here is how Harvey is expected to impact the city.
Landfall is currently expected about 250 miles southeast of Corpus Christi around 1 a.m. on Saturday. But because a hurricane’s path can change and is unpredictable, hurricane warnings are in place from Brownsville to Houston.
One of the bigger worries are storm surges, which could be up to 12 feet with waves as high as 20 feet. Rain will be 10 to 20 inches on average, but some areas could get up to 30 inches, especially if the storm stalls. Wind gusts up to 115 mph are another possibility.
Here’s a rainfall forecast in inches for Days 1 through 7 as of Thursday evening, provided by the National Hurricane Center:
According to the National Weather Service as of Thursday evening, the following was forecast for Corpus Christi for Friday through Wednesday:
Hurricane Harvey is expected to become a major hurricane as it moves into the Middle Texas coast Friday night into Saturday morning. Inland flooding, storm surge flooding and hurricane force winds are all expected. Excessive rainfall amounts of 15 to 25 inches are expected over the Coastal Bend and Victoria Crossroads with maximum amounts up to 35 inches will be possible. Life threatening flooding from storm surge and heavy rainfall is expected as Hurricane Harvey moves inland as a major hurricane. Major river flooding is expected to occur also over South Texas.”
Of course, if the track of the storm changes even slightly, this could have a significant impact on how much rain and wind Corpus Christi sees.
Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb only called for a voluntary evacuation, but urged residents in the low-lying areas to evacuate to higher ground. He said clean water and electricity could be at risk.
If you’re in one of these low-lying areas that are indicated on the map, then you’re urged to evacuate to higher ground:
To keep up with the latest on Hurricane Harvey, follow the National Weather Service’s page for Corpus Christi here.