Tropical storm Harvey heads for Texas,
may become hurricane
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[August 24, 2017]
(Reuters) - The Texas Gulf Coast was
getting ready for the tropical storm Harvey to make landfall by Friday,
bringing with it strong winds, heavy flooding and torrential rains.
Hurricane, tropical storm and storm surge watches were in effect for
counties on the eastern coast of Texas as the storm moved across the
Gulf of Mexico, where it may strengthen into a hurricane.
Winds up to 75 mph (120 kmh) and 15 inches of rain (40 cm) were
forecast, according to the National Weather Service.
"Now is the time to check your emergency plan and take necessary actions
to secure your home or business. Deliberate efforts should be under way
to protect life and property," the weather service said in an statement
early on Thursday.
By early Thursday, Harvey was about 370 miles (600 km) southeast of Port
Mansfield, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, the U.S.
National Hurricane Center said.
The storm may strengthen into a hurricane by the time it makes landfall
near Corpus Christi on Friday, the National Weather Service said.
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Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster on Wednesday for
30 counties, authorizing the use of state resources to prepare for
the storm. Harvey "poses a threat of imminent disaster, including
severe flooding, storm surge and damaging winds", Abbott's statement
Cities and counties along the state's coastal region distributed
sandbags to residents as some businesses boarded up windows. Coastal
residents flocked to grocery stores to stock up on water and other
supplies, local media reported.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi issued a mandatory evacuation to
all students who live on campus and canceled events.
Royal Dutch Shell, Anadarko Petroleum and Exxon Mobil announced on
Wednesday they were curbing some oil and gas output at facilities in
the Gulf of Mexico ahead of the storm.
(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Alison
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