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Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm

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Updated August 25, 2017 11:34 PM EDT

Hurricane Harvey officially made landfall in Texas on Friday night.

The National Hurricane Center said the eye of the Category 4 hurricane made landfall around 10pm Central Time, bringing with it hazardous winds, heavy rainfall and a life-threatening storm surge.

Updated August 25, 2017 07:35 PM EDT

The National Hurricane Center announced that Hurricane Harvey has grown into a Category 4 storm. Wind speeds could climb as high as 130 mph.

Updated August 25, 2017 06:34 PM EDT

The White House said on Friday that it is prepared to assist communities as the hurricane intensifies on the Texas coast, according to our local affiliate WJLA.

Hurricane Harvey has advanced to a Category 3 storm with winds expected to top over 100 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The hurricane is expected to make landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas Friday night or early Saturday.

President Trump received a briefing on the hurricane preparations Friday morning from homeland security officials. Trump took to Twitter and wrote that he was "closely monitoring" the hurricane.

Updated August 25, 2017 03:05 PM EDT

Hurricane Harvey has been upgraded to a Category 3 hurricane.

With Harvey comes the potential for up to 3 feet of rain, 125 mph winds and 12-foot storm surges could be the fiercest such storm to hit the United States in almost a dozen years, reports our affiliate WJLA.

Updated August 25, 2017 03:05 PM EDT

White House staffer Tom Bossert and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke during a press conference on Friday detailing how the Trump administration plans to deal with the damage done by Hurricane Harvey.

"You have nothing to lose but your life,” Bossert advised said on being prepared for the storm. The Homeland Security advisor said that he had met with President Donald Trump to disucss the plan should Texas and Louisiana need federal assistance.

Sanders said that President Trump plans to visit the affected areas sometime early next week.

Updated August 25, 2017 02:17 PM EDT

Updated August 25, 2017 12:26 PM EDT

President Trump on Friday tweeted that he's "here to assist as needed" on any struggles Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Louisana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) face from Hurricane Harvey.

Trump also said he had received a briefing about Harvey from multiple officials in his adminstration earlier Friday as the storm nears the U.S.

Trump said he met with White House chief of staff John Kelly and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long.

The president added that the briefing also included acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke and counterterrorism adviser Thomas Bossert.

Hurricane Harvey looks even more terrifying from space

Hurricane Harvey is a life-threatening storm.

Forecasters on Friday said Harvey has morphed into a Category 2 hurricane as it nears the Texas coast. The storm boasts the potential for up to 3 feet of rain, 125 mph winds and 12-foot storm surges, meaning it could be the fiercest of its kind to strike the U.S. in nearly 12 years.

Landfall was estimated for late Friday or early Saturday between Port O’Connor and Matagorda Bay, a 30-mile stretch of Texas coastline roughly 70 miles northeast of Corpus Christi.

Forecasters described Harvey as a “life-threatening storm” that presents a “grave risk” to millions of people in the region as it could batter places more than 100 miles inland.

Some Twitter users on Friday voiced support for those in Harvey’s path, while others depicted what the situation is like in areas threatened by it.

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The National Hurricane Center said early Friday that Harvey had achieved Category 2 hurricane status. Harvey grew quickly Thursday, transforming from a tropical depression into a Category 1 hurricane instead.

Projections indicate that Harvey will be fueled by warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico and ultimately reach Category 3 status. Hurricane Wilma was the last storm of that level to hit the U.S., slamming into Florida in October 2005.

“We’re forecasting continuing intensification right up until landfall,” National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen said.
All seven Texas counties on the coast from Corpus Christi to west Galveston Island have ordered mandatory evacuations impacting tens of thousands of people in low-lying areas.

Officials in four of those counties ordered entire evacuations, warning those who remained present they were not guaranteed rescue.

Abbott has additionally activated approximately 700 members of his state’s National Guard before Harvey strikes land.

“A lot of people are taking this storm for granted, thinking it may not pose much of a danger to them,” he told KPRC in Houston. “Please heed warnings and evacuate as soon as possible.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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