Harvey Hits Texas as a Cat 4 Hurricane

Harvey Hits Texas as a Cat 4 Hurricane

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials are encouraging residents to pay heed to the directions from the local and state officials.

His tweet included a link with more information on the storm.

The storm was upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane on Friday afternoon, with winds of 120mph, and is expected to devastate the Texas coast making landfall around midnight.

Blige and Lady Antebellum are among the artists to postpone Houston-area shows Friday as the region braces for the arrival of Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to reach Category 3 status by the time in makes landfall.

The centre has called Harvey "life-threatening", "dangerous" and "catastrophic". Harris says the hurricane moved from a Category 1 to Category 4 in what seemed like no time at all.

Here's the latest forecast track from the National Hurricane Center.

Eight million people are under hurricane warnings, and almost 1 million others are under tropical storm warnings. Computer models are putting out a yo-yo type trajectory indicating that moving inland, it will bounce back and dive again into the warm Gulf of Mexico waters.

The most surprising thing here is that it has been nearly 12 years since a major hurricane has made landfall in the continental United States.

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As Harvey deluges Texas, coastal cities could see 13 feet of storm surge and as much as 40 inches of rain by Wednesday.

"We never have enough blood", said Dianne Scott, Senior Donor Recruitment Representative with United Blood Services.

"We're forecasting continuing intensification right up until landfall", NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen said earlier.

In four of those counties, officials ordered their entire county evacuated and warned those who stayed behind that no-one could be guaranteed rescue. "Blood banks, blood mobiles, people, they won't be there".

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had warned that the monster system would be "a very major disaster", and the predictions drew fearful comparisons to Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest ever to strike the US.

It means hundreds of Red Cross volunteers are in Texas, including 10 people from the Seattle area - coordinating tens of thousands of ready-to-eat meals, and 100 shelters already open or on standby.

Three trucks full of water and relief kits from the LDS Church rolled away from the Bishops' Central Storehouse in Salt Lake City on Friday and headed toward Houston as Hurricane Harvey swept toward Texas.

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