Texas, USA — Harvey, the storm that passed over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula earlier this week as a disorganized system, has since reorganized as predicted.
The storm, which passed over regions of Mexico with wind and rain, has developed into a now Category 2 Hurricane that is set to hit the state of Texas. Millions of people are bracing for the storm which forecasters say, could swamp counties more than 100 miles inland with the potential for up to 3 feet of rain, 125 mph winds and 12-foot storm surges.
Harvey is expected to reach the coast of Texas late Friday or early Saturday between Port O’Connor and Matagorda Bay, a 30-mile stretch of coastline about 70 miles northeast of Corpus Christi.
The hurricane, which hit parts of Latin America as a tropical storm, grew quickly as it passed over the Gulf of Mexico heading toward the United States. Weather experts say Harvey accelerated into a Category 1 then Category 2 storm from being fueled by warm Gulf of Mexico waters. They say there is still a chance the storm could turn into a Category 3 before it makes landfall.
Harvey will be the first major hurricane to hit the state in more than a decade. The National Weather Service in Houston has reported registered winds of 100 mph.